In the medieval days, they had a saying, “Touch not the cat, but with a glove.” That meant be careful when trying to pet a cat because unless you wore protective gloves, you were liable to get clawed up for your effort.

That’s why you should learn the proper way to pet a cat. First, make sure the cat wants you to touch it. If the cat doesn’t flatten its ears or hiss, but exhibits curiosity, let it sniff you. Then cautiously pet around its chin, ears, and base of its tail where its scent glands are.

Remember, petting a cat is a privilege, not a right, and your cat is the only one who can grant this privilege. Pet a cat with care, lest you wind up bleeding for your mistake.

To read more about the proper way to approach a cat to pet, click here.