If you want to get a cat to like you, you should give it everything it wants without question. While this isn’t always possible, the next best solution is to narrow your eyes.

Dr Tasmin Humphrey and Professor Karen McComb, animal behavior scientists at the University of Sussex, discovered that cats are more likely to slow blink at their owners after their owners have slow blinked at them, compared to when they don’t interact at all. So to build rapport with a cat, narrow your eyes, which is known as a cat smile – the so-called “slow blink” – which makes humans more attractive to the cat.

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