Why shouldn't we look into cats eyes?

by Tracy
(Hartford,CT)

Hi,


I just read something you wrote about not looking directly into a cats eyes. Could you tell me this is?


Thank you so much. I am trying to learn as much as I possibly can about cats seeing as I have 2 of my own and I feed the feral/stray outside cats on my street. I love all of them!


Tracy

Answer by kate

Hi
looking directly into the eyes of any animal is seen by them as a threat and aggressive behaviour from you. When cats fight this is what they do to each other. You will notice that when a cat is trying to avoid a fight with another cat they will drop there eyes and look away, this i to tell the other cat that they are not threatening them.

best wishes kate

Comments for Why shouldn't we look into cats eyes?

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I do
by: Anonymous

I stare into both of my cats eyes, they meow at me for attention or to let me know they are hungry. When we do eye contact, they understand, that their needs will be met.

Hi
by: Anonymous

Hi I stare at my cats eyes wide and his gets wide back staring into mine what does it mean?

Looking cats in the eyes
by: Anonymous

My cats look me in the eyes, but there is no aggression. It has taken a few years, but I think that it has come to a point that they trust me enough to do so

Direct eye contact
by: Sandra

I have been told that looking directly into a cats eyes it is a sign of trust. Confused.

hmmm
by: Anonymous

my two cats love to make eye contact. they will meow to get my attention but will not jump into my lap until i look at them straight on. it seems to ba a reasurrance thing to them. maybe it just depends on your cats' personality...?

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