Why Does My Cat Blink At Me? I’ll tell you what cat blinking actually means, and at the end how you should respond to it. Before going to cat blink firstly let’s understand what is blinking.
Blinking is a bodily function; it is a semi-autonomic rapid closing of the eyelid. A single blink is determined by the forceful closing of the eyelid or inactivation of the levator palpebrae superioris and the activation of the palpebral portion of the orbicularis oculi, not the full open and close. It is an essential function of the eye that helps spread tears across and remove irritants from the surface of the cornea and conjunctiva.
Whether they’re kneading our flesh like bread or following us into the bathroom, cats are always trying to tell their humans something — most of it involving food. But an animal behaviorist tells Inverse one familiar behavior cats exhibit could be a true sign of affection.
It’s often been rumored that a cat’s “slow blink” is its way of saying, “I love you.” It’s even been called a “cat kiss”! The truth is, we’ll never truly know what’s going on inside a kitty’s brain, but there’s evidence to suggest a cat slowly winking at its human means it trusts its companion.
“Cats will typically avoid eye contact when afraid or threatened; when they are being offensively aggressive, they will stare (and staring at them is perceived as a threat),” Mikel Delgado, a cat researcher the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, tells Inverse. “The slow blink is a demonstration of eye contact without staring, and we interpret this behavior as a sign of relaxation and trust. Some might call that love.”
According to The Cut’s interview with veterinarian Gary Weitzman, author of How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language: “The slow blink really is an acceptance gesture. [Cats] do that when they’re absolutely comfortable with you.”
Jackson Galaxy, in his book, Cat Daddy, describes his use of the slow blink in his new job with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, as Front Desk Supervisor:
There could be many reasons for cats’ blinking. Here below are the reasons why Does My Cat Blink At Me?
1. Your Cat Is Sending You Kitty Kisses
muaaah! This is more like a hey, hopefully well, but I don’t want to be pet right now.
Your cat is trying to socialize with you and tell you that she acknowledges your presence, while also keeping her space.
The eye blink is another way that non-aggressive cats signal that their intentions are not hostile. Cats blink at each other, as well as at the humans they trust, with a slow eye blink “cat kiss.” Kitties that use this non-threat signal are able to smooth their interactions with other cats. The “slow blink” was identified by cat behaviorist, Anitra Frazier, author of The Natural Cat.
2. Your Cat Is Showing Her Love For You
You might notice this when you pet your cat. Mine, for example, keep slowly closing their eyes when I give them attention. They also keep asking for more affection, either by constantly searching the hand or by softly meowing and purring.
The cat slow blink is just one of the more subtle ways your kitty says, “I love you,” and it’s a gesture that you can return.
This is definitely loving, I know it in my heart. Tell me in the comments if you agree.
3. Trust You
Either way, cats blinking at you also signifies that your cat deeply trusts you.
Remember that cats are predators, but being so small, they are also prey. So cats closing their eyes near another creature and thus becoming vulnerable means that they trust you big time – they know they are completely safe around you.
Sometimes people confuse at that time and think about what should I do in return. So, don’t worry this blog suggest you, how to deal with it.
So, Just blink back slowly, while also calling your cat’s name. Don’t go to your kitty and pet her, let her come to you if she wants.
This will improve your relationship with your cat.
It will show your kitty that you understand her and that you also are willing to respect her space.
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