Slow, Soft Blinks

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Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Karl Ch » Wed, 22 Feb 1995 06:14:29




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>Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is she tired?

>Brandy

According to the few books I've read on cats, slow blinks are a sign of
love. Since a fixed stare can be a sign of challenge (depending on posture
and *** expression) I wonder if a slow blink "says", "I am
deliberately not challenging you, see, here's a blink." A human handshake
has a similar origin; showing that the right hand held no weapon.

When my cat is lazy and happy, she looks directly at me and blinks slowly.
When she is really sleepy, she looks into space, blinks, and yawns hugely.
The key is whether there is eye contact.

I'd welcome any corrections.

 
 
 

Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Cathy Ma » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 04:39:54


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> >Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is she tired?
> According to the few books I've read on cats, slow blinks are a sign of
> love. Since a fixed stare can be a sign of challenge (depending on posture
> and *** expression) I wonder if a slow blink "says", "I am
> deliberately not challenging you, see, here's a blink." A human handshake
> has a similar origin; showing that the right hand held no weapon.

This is similar to what I've read.  The blink is showing, "I trust you
enough to not need to keep my eye on you!"
 
 
 

Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Ruth Cro » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 07:57:34



|> Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is she tired?***

|> I think it's definitely a sign of affection.  When I say sweet things to
|> my cat from across the room, she gives me the slow blink.  

    And if you do a slow blink at your cat, or even a strange cat, they'll
  eventually start doing it too.  I used to catch my Solomon's (RIP) eye
  from across the room and start blinking at him, and in a few minutes
  he'd be in my lap purring up a storm.
--
   Ruth Cross                          >  Em rio que tem piranhas,

     Houston, Texas, USA               >

 
 
 

Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Steve Klar » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 19:30:34


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>: >Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is she tired?

All of this stuff about the slow blink is very interesting and helps me
understand my cats better. But, what about the slow WINK? Both of my cats
do this, one often and one just now and then. It's like the slow blink but
it's just with one eye! If the blink is a cat kiss then is the wink just a
peck on the cheek?
 
 
 

Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Chris DeSant » Wed, 01 Mar 1995 22:35:20



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> Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is she tired?

No question in my own mind... Sam gives us the blink when he's very relaxed
and happy.  We have our own chat language and when we talk to him, his tail
twitches and he gives us the "visual kiss".

--
Chris DeSantis

 
 
 

Slow, Soft Blinks

Post by Sion » Thu, 02 Mar 1995 11:42:27


: >Is a slow blink from a cat a term of endearment or is shr tired?

Cat Fancy did an article years and years ago in which they talked about
the blink being a term of endearment.  I started using the blink while
reading the article and I am convinced that they were correct.  Even my
older cats who I had never blinked before responded to it.

--

"Murphy was an optimist!"