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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Does petting a cat make it softer?

Hello! Sorry if this may sound a little stupid... My dad was telling me that he read an article about how petting a cat makes it softer. He said that the oils in your hand make the cat softer. I was just wondering, is it true?
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I have no idea in the scientific sense but petting any animal is like grooming them and is likely to release oils that improve the coats, I think.
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It can make your own hand itchy, swollen, scratched and even bloody - if your cat isn't in the mood to be petted.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 09:28 PM
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I think the more you pet your cat the softer he seems to feel.
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Actually your question had me searching the Internet but could not find anything to confirm or deny. But possibly yes as Arianwen said, that would make sense.
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I would imagine whatever human skin oils we imparted onto our felines would be rapidly removed by indignant grooming.

Petting a cat might help remove tangles and mats in its coat, though, and encourage it to groom itself more, which could lead to a softer coat.

I noticed my cat's coat got a lot softer when I put her on a raw diet along with anchovy-sardine oil, so I think a better-quality food, along with a fish oil supplement, can help the pelt tremendously.


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I know brushing make it softer and healthier but I don't know about petting. I don't see how it can hurt at all.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 07:16 AM
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If people kept touching my hair, I think it might get greasy faster. I don't know if it's from my scalp producing more oil, or the oil on people's hands.

For sure, petting a cat also removes dead hair etc, makes the fur more smooth. There's also different qualities of fur, some are softer than others. This won't change with petting.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 11:57 AM
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For an especially sharp effect, cover your hands in catnip oil first.
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