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To cats, slow blinking is a form of smiling, and solicits happy, positive emotions. The researchers found that a cat will respond to a human’s slow blink with a slow blink of their own, and is more likely to approach an unfamiliar person who is slow blinking at them.
So why won’t my cat blink back at me? The most likely reason is that your cat probably wants something, is on high alert, is asserting dominance, or they do not receive or give affection in that particular way.
What happens if you blink slowly at a cat?
Study Confirms ‘Slow Blinks’ Really Do Work to Communicate With Your Cat. Cats have a reputation for standoffishness, especially compared with dogs, but if you find your feline friend a little hard to bond with, maybe you’re just not speaking their language.
The Cat Is Curious Or Surprised “It doesn’t mean that cats are upset, but if they’re staring at you without blinking they’re likely very interested or surprised by a sound you’re making or something you’re doing,” as Dr. Georgina Ushi Phillips, DVM at Better With Cats, tells Romper.
“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.” Think of it this way: If a cat closes its eyes around like it’s falling asleep, it’s signaling that it doesn’t view you as a threat.
Why does my cat look away when I slow blink?
When a cat interacts with people and the cat is not threatened by the person, she may look at the person and then perform this same “slow blink.” She then may look away or she may not. If this happens, you can interpret this behavior as your cat not feeling threatened by or fearful of you.
Is it bad to stare at your cat?
The direct eye contact intimidates your cat which can make him uncomfortable. Eye contact and eye movement are ways of communication for cats. Staring and blinking even help cats claim their territory. Cats often blink when they look at their human parents.