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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-20-2015, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Has "slow blinking" worked for you?

I'm sure most of you are aware of Jackson Galaxy and his constant suggestion of "slow blinking" your cat into a serene state.

I thought it was total bull... But Mabel totally responds to it. And I mean really responds! If she is sitting across the room from me dozing off, and I throw a couple slow blinks her way, she chirrups and runs over to snuggle.

Absolute cat magic

Does anyone else have experience with these voodoo slow blinks? Or have me and Mabel just watched too many My Cat From H*ll episodes together?
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Oh yes. Slow Blinks. Sherbert loved them. Gypsy would come fully awake from a half doze and come for snuggles if she saw one. Archie will free and stare at you if you send him one and his tail will flag up in happyness.


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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 02:17 AM
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Oh yes! Slow Blinkies do miraculous things!!

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An everyday family name; A particular name;
And the name but the Cat Himself Knows, and will never confess." T.S. Eliot

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I've been doing this with cats since I was a kid I use it at the shelter with the cats that are deemed unadoptable due to disliking humans. One of my cats was from the shelter. He was terrified of people but slow blinking at him was how I knew he was not a hopeless case though I was rejected a lot at first eventually he blinked back I think it's fantastic that Jackson Galaxy is sharing this tip so much (multiple episodes and on his youtube channel). I think the slow blink is the best way to communicate with a cat- especially when they don't already know you or trust humans.

Anyone who comes into your house can slow blink at your cat. It is like saying "I'm harmless and I will share space with you." Your friends will be amazed when your cat blinks back. It's fun!
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I for one have never gotten any kind of real response. I know everyone says it's a cat way of saying I Love You but I think it's more a cats way of saying "Ok, I'm relaxed - you may adore me now". I'm sure it's my thought process that is in the way of reaping rewards of this but it's just never clicked for me.

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Coco is sitting right next to me so I tried it. On the first slow blink on my part she imagined she heard something to her left and twisted around then settled with her back to me. So much for that.......Heavy sigh.

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 07:18 AM
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Both of our cats have always done "slow blinks" without even being taught to do so! If we do it to them, they do it back. If we say "I love you" they do it. So cool! They even do it to answer questions at times. For example-
Me- Are you hungry?
Jo- *slow blink*
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No body loves me, everybody hates me - I'm gonna eat a worm........



Anybody remember that from your nursery rhyme days?? Said in a sing song way.

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No body loves me, everybody hates me - I'm gonna eat a worm........
lol maybe one day you'll meet your slow-blinking soulmate.
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My kitties all respond, but differently..

MowMow used to trill an run to me, but now he's lazy so he just returns them. Book doesn't return them, but flops on his side and thrills for belly rubs. Neelix just looks at me like I'm wacko.

What still gets MowMow moving is if I nod my head up (short quick head jerk up), smack my lips, and then wink at him. I do that a few times and his eyes dilate, a few more times and he comes running to play.

Then Neelix pounces him and he gets mad and the fun is over......
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