Always Ask Before Petting a Cat

Cats are not the most loveable creatures especially if they don’t know you. It most often takes time for cats to warm up to their owners and even longer to warm up to strangers. If you see a cat approaching, fight the urge to lunge out, scoop him up, and hug him for long periods of time. Instead, talk quietly to the cat and ask the owner if you can pet the cat. If the owner says yes, be very careful in approaching the cat slowly. Stroke or pet the cat lightly. If the cat purrs and appears to ask for more attention then continue. If the cat appears to hiss, growl, or snaps back then avoid the cat. If the owner says that you cannot pet her cat then walk away. Do not try to approach the cat anymore. For more tips, call your veterinarian Tampa, FL


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