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If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.

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 Hands are for Loving Not Hitting

What is it?


Leadership stroking in one way people can teach cats to accept gentle control by humans.

What do people do?

Massage is an art form that most of us appreciate.  Teach your cat to appreciate this art and to accept human hands as one of the good things in a feline's life. Massaging your cat is one great way to spend quality time together that can be relaxing for both of you.


An essential part of leadership stroking is to establish that you have a higher social status in the household than does your cat. The rationale for using leadership stroking to demonstrate status comes from the fact that cats, although not as hierarchical as dogs, do display status posturing.  
Leadership stroking is intended to establish your elevated status, and therefore your right to gentle touch and handle the cat. It is important that no threat is perceived by the cat.  Most people report that once cats accept and relax during leadership stroking, they enjoy it and even request it.


When cats learn to trust that human hands are friendly and not threatening, cats become more relaxed around their people.

Why do it?


In addition to establishing your positive human leadership in the household, leadership stroking helps the cat relax and accept other important types of gentle handling. Here are a few examples of why you may want your cat's cooperation when being handled.

1.  Remove kitty litter from your cats paws.
2.  Trim the sharp points off of your cat's toe nails.
3.  Examine or put medicine on a sore paw

4.  Check your cat's body for fleas, lumps and bumps. 
5.  Give your cat grooming or treatment at home. 
6.  Roll your cat over to examine skin for sores or mats.
7.  Look inside  your cat's mouth for any signs of decay or discomfort.

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