https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists ... ery-slowlyCats have a bit of a reputation for standoffishness, especially compared with dogs. But if you find your feline friend is a little hard to bond with, maybe you're just not speaking their language.
Research shows that it's actually not so difficult. You just need to smile at them more.
Not smile in the human way, by baring your teeth, but the cat way: by narrowing your eyes and blinking slowly.
In a study published in 2020, scientists observed cat-human interactions, and were able to confirm that this act of blinking slowly makes cats – both familiar and unfamiliar animals – approach and be receptive to humans.
I tried it last night. The cat and I were on the couch, so I did it. I think it was too slowly, as I woke up cold and alone on the couch. I'd fallen asleep.