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How a person greets his or her own
cat or an unfamiliar cat can affect the cat's perception and reaction to the person. In greetings gone wrong, a cat may panic and try to get away or may resort to defensive gestures like growling or
scratching to end the interaction. When greetings go right, cats are more likely to offer mutual greeting and
affection in return.
looking at a cat directly when meeting him or bending or reaching to pet or pick him up can often be perceived as threatening. There are some social felines who relish such greetings of
affection, but they are often the exception. Most cats prefer a greeting where they can gradually assess a person and
accept friendship at their own pace.
Here are some ways you can help a cat feel safe and comfortable when you greet him:
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