Even though cats often appear to be spectacularly aloof, they are very happy and content when you pet them in certain spots. A cat has scent glands located in the mouth, on the top of the head, at the base of the tail and in the paw pads. We often see cats rubbing their faces or heads on the sides of furniture or doorways in an effort to leave their scent.
Cats generally enjoy being petted in the spots where there are scent glands because you are actually helping to spread the scent around. So, the best spots to pet a cat include:
- Behind the ears
- The base of the tail
- Top of the head
- Under the chin
- Cheeks, behind the whiskers
Most cats are not too happy when you pet them on the belly. This is instinctual. In the wild, cats are very aware that the belly needs to be protected from predators. All vital organs are located in the belly region and it is a priority to protect it. Some cats may get used to being pet on the stomach, but it is not the so-called sweet spot.