Cats are ticklish – but not in the way that you think. When humans get tickled, they either feel the need to laugh or feel annoyed. Cats can only feel annoyed when you tickle them. Bear in mind, tickling and petting are not the same things, at least not for cats.
All cats are unique in their own way. Even though most of them feel annoyed when you tickle them, maybe your cat likes it! You will have to play with the idea of tickling your cat to find out whether he likes it or not.
If he doesn’t like it, he’ll sure find a way to let you know!
Where are cats’ ticklish spots?
If you want to check whether your cat likes to be tickled or not, there are a couple of spots you can try. The cheeks, the chin, the forehead, and (in rare cases) the belly. This might work – but if it doesn’t, these are great spots to pet a cat!
Keep in mind each cat has its own likes and preferences. Maybe your cat hates being touched in the belly but loves tickling in his tail – nobody knows for sure!
Be wary of your cat’s body language, though. Felines have a fame of being no-nonsense individuals and will be quick to paw and claw their way out of an uncomfortable scenario, like being tickled.
Do cats like when they are tickled?
Most cats don’t like being tickled. It’d be safe to say all of them would prefer if you didn’t tickle them. Then again, each cat is unique and you might stumble upon one that loves tickles! With cats you’re not familiar with, you shouldn’t try anything like it.
A lot of people are certain cats don’t like being tickled – but when it comes to cats, all bets are off. If you decide to learn by yourself whether cats like to be tickled or not, keep in mind cats will be quick to let you know what they think.
How do cats react to being tickled?
A cat will assume you’re trying to annoy him when you tickle him. Because of that, he will try to get away or make you go away by pawing and clawing at you. Most cats will meow first as a warning sign and then proceed to move away or attack.
You might stumble upon a cat who loves being tickled, though! If that’s the case, he will purr and move around happily as you tickle him – but that would be an unlikely scenario.
Why do most cats hate being tickled?
There’s no way to know for sure because nobody truly knows why mammals feel tickles. We do know cats cannot laugh or feel the excitement from tickles, and that’s why they will feel annoyed by them. Cats don’t have the patience for things they don’t enjoy!
Several people hate being tickled as well. If humans dislike being tickled even if they could get a laugh from it, it’s understandable cats don’t like it!