Why cats don't blink? - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
Cool Cat
 
yingying's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,225
Question Why cats don't blink?

I played another "staring contest" with Metoo, and, as always, I lost. It seems cats never blink, or at least very infrequent. Why don't they need to blink? Don't they need to moisture their eyes?

yingying is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 03:42 PM
Cool Cat
 
kittywitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Posts: 1,180
I think cats stare to show that they are dominant. This is why it is suggested not to stare directly at a cat and instead blink your eyes slowly. Blinking communicates that you love them and if they blink back, that means they are saying, "I love you too".
kittywitty is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
Cool Cat
 
yingying's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,225
I understand all of your saying, but those are just general guidelines and don't apply to every cat in world. Metoo is one of those exceptions. She is more "puppy" than a kitten. She is spoiled rotten since her birth and sweet & trusting by nature. She doesn't see anything, including other cats, vacumm, and vet, as threat and will let you do anything to her. There is no way she feels intimidated by my staring. Whenever I play this staring game with her, she just tilt her head and look at me curiously. She never tries to hold the stare in order to win the contest, she wins because she doesn't need to blink. I will never play this game with Meatball though, because she is more of control and attitude and possibly won't appreciate my staring.

BTW, the "blink slowly thing" never work for ether of my cats. Tried it many times before, and they will just give me one "stop being so stupid" look and go on with what they are doing at the time :/


Last edited by yingying; 09-24-2011 at 04:25 PM.
yingying is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 12:33 AM
Premier Cat
 
Susan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,934
Cats don't need to lubricate their eyes as often as humans do...so, you're right, that explains why they don't often blink. I think their third eyelid plays a role in lubricating their eyes, although I'm not entirely sure.

As kittywitty noted, blinking in cats is often a form of communication, although not all cats communicate that way. In my case, Abby does, but Muffs doesn't.

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
Susan is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 02:10 AM
Jr. Cat
 
brezofleur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 59
Oh, goodness, I know exactly what you mean! Ody has HUGE round eyes and when he just stares off (or at me - totally non-dominate as well since he is also more puppy than cat) it can get a little creepy...
brezofleur is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 08:31 AM
Cat Addict
 
BotanyBlack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ky.
Posts: 2,216
all my cats except Archie love to hold eye contact. Archie was an older shelter kitty and get nervous if you look to long in his eyes. but the ones I raised from babies have no issues with it. but of course they do the "kitty of the corn" thing and stare.. no blinking..so to go with the original qurstion, probably just don't need to.

As to slow blinking Sherbert would immediately get up when I did that and come over for a head butts and lap time.. and Pepper would blink back then close her eyes for a nap while purring.
BotanyBlack is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
Cool Cat
 
yingying's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,225
Quote:
Originally Posted by Susan View Post
Cats don't need to lubricate their eyes as often as humans do...so, you're right, that explains why they don't often blink. I think their third eyelid plays a role in lubricating their eyes, although I'm not entirely sure.
Why cats don't need to lubricate their eyes frequently? Or maybe I should ask, why do human need to lubricate our eyes frequently?

yingying is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 12:38 AM
Premier Cat
 
MowMow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Looney Bin
Posts: 10,901
instead of slow blinking, try a slow wink. Just one eye. If I stare at MowMow and wink and then kind of smack my lips (open my mouth slightly and close it super fast) he goes ballistic. I do it about 3 times and he starts trilling and it seems like he sees it as an invitation to play.

He isn't impressed with the slow blink either and he always lets me win the staring contests. He just walks away.
MowMow is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 12:57 AM
Tom Cat
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 521
I read somewhere that cats don't blink like we do. They can get away with partial blinks and because of instinct often they will only do one eye at a time. I could be off my rocker though....lol
Cats&Plants is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 08:53 PM
Premier Cat
 
librarychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Posts: 3,716
Muffin is like Metoo, he likes eye contact. When he's excited or very happy his eyes get wide and he stares happly at me, it's all in the expression. He get even more excited/happy if I made a relaxed happy face and stare right back at him. He loves it!

Doran is ok with eye contact, but doesn't seek it out. Both Jitzu and Torri prefer not to be stared at, but they are ok with me watching them for a while. It's the tension in your face that shows meaning, don't forget that.

When one of them (or all of them..*sigh*) has done something naughty I reinforce my "nuh uh!" with a firm glare. They get the picture much more quickly this way.


Becky and the cats: Jitzu (11), Torri (9), Doran (8 ), and Muffin (8 )
The boys at 8 - not lol
librarychick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome