Slow, Soft Blinks

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Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Barbara Kir » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 01:51:24



When I give one of my cats one of those blinks, they usually give me one
back.  I've always thought it was a gesture of looooooooooooove.

Barbara
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Post by Leslie Webst » Thu, 09 Mar 1995 09:39:26


I read about this in _The Natural Cat_ and tried it a few times.  My cat
looked at me as if I
was totally bonkers.
 
 
 

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Post by Bette M Win » Sat, 11 Mar 1995 02:20:59


Quote:

>I read about this in _The Natural Cat_ and tried it a few times.  My cat
>looked at me as if I
>was totally bonkers.

Same here.  Neither of my two guys paid any particular attention....each
shook his head and went to have a snack.  I guess the books aren't always
right.
 
 
 

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Post by Dawn Iv » Sun, 12 Mar 1995 18:34:00


KSB>I really want to believe that it's a term of endearment, but our new
KSB>kitties do that to me, and I don't think they love me yet.  They won't let
KSB>me pet them and they are very skittish.  But I'll keep thinking that it
KSB>is, and that deep down, they really do love me for taking them out of the
KSB>cold.

it also means that they are feeling safe and content. so they are happy
with you.

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Post by Keith Kehr » Wed, 15 Mar 1995 09:56:15



Quote:


> >I read about this in _The Natural Cat_ and tried it a few times.  My cat
> >looked at me as if I
> >was totally bonkers.

one of my three loves it, and will come running to be petted when I do it
to her.  The other two ignore me completely.  

Miriam

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Post by GreatWal » Thu, 16 Mar 1995 22:52:27


: I read about this in _The Natural Cat_ and tried it a few times.  My cat
: looked at me as if I
: was totally bonkers.

Yep, I did that to my two males and they went to sleep!!!!!  :)
Sometimes, when my older one is in the mood, he will blink back at me and then
quickly look away....maybe he's shy.

 
 
 

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Post by holly's gi » Sat, 18 Mar 1995 12:37:27



Quote:

> KSB>I really want to believe that it's a term of endearment, but our new
> KSB>kitties do that to me, and I don't think they love me yet.  They won't let
> KSB>me pet them and they are very skittish.  But I'll keep thinking that it
> KSB>is, and that deep down, they really do love me for taking them out of the
> KSB>cold.

> it also means that they are feeling safe and content. so they are happy
> with you.

Hi cat lovers
I think, based on what I have seen of my kitten and also the other local
moggies, that the slow blinking might be a politeness thing, as well as a
sign of friendship. Most species of cats are solitary and territorial by
nature, so that encounters between them are often aggressive. A slow blink
might mean "I have no intention of attacking you". I also think that cats
stare fixedly at one another during confrontations, so that when a cat
looks at you he slow blinks to make sure you know he is "just looking",
and not about to attack you,just in case you attack him in defence! I,ve
also noticed that when my kitten takes a good long look at me, such as
when I'm talking to her, she keeps her eyelids lowered, perhaps to signal
that it's a friendly stare. Etiquette in these matters is quite complex in
many animals, for example I've heard that if you stare into a monkey's
eyes they will attack you. Desmond Morris has written a book called
Ca***ching which is interesting though speculative. He has also written
similar books about other animals, including humans.

Holly's girl