How do you pet a cat? You might think you can just pet a cat anywhere you want but it turns out cats have two favorite places where they like to be petted. First, pet a cat under the chin. The reason cats like to rub against your leg is to get their scent on you, so rubbing a cat’s chin stimulates the cat’s scent glands.
A second place to pet a cat is at the base of the tail. Some cats love being petted there but others do not, so don’t be surprised if a cat purrs contentedly and then suddenly whirls about to nip at your hand. That’s because cats are generally insane and unpredictable, which is why people love them so much.