Petting Could Stress Your Cat

iStockPhotoYou may think you've made inroads by getting your reluctant cat to let you pet him. But, an international group of researchers says that what's a happy moment for you may be a stressful experience for your cat.

"Our data suggests that cats who tolerate, rather than enjoy or dislike being petted, seem to be the most stressed," said Daniel Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Lincoln in the U.K.

The same study also found that the generally solitary animals don't seem to mind living in a house with several cats. The team's findings were published in the Journal Physiology and Behavior. - Read it at Phys.org

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