According to two Swiss studies, the ideal way to interact with a cat is to wait for it to initiate contact.
Friendly cats sniff each other. Offering a non-threatening fingertip at nose level a few inches away mimics that action. Bend down and offer your hand.
In a 2002 research, cats responded well to forehead and cheek touching, purring, blinking, and kneading their paws
Hissing, biting, flattening their ears, staring at your hand, and twitching their tails are examples.
Three-quarters of owners of 58 overweight cats said that their dieting cats were more friendly, purred more, and sat on their laps a month later.
A 2017 research revealed that cats prefer human connection above food, however a deeper check showed that they preferred people because of interactive toys.
A 2013 Italian research found that indoor cats given one hour of supervised access to a small garden were more "in sync" with their owners than outdoor cats.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that only a few minutes a day of pleasant human touch helps kittens become friendlier and more trusting.