Monday Mischief: Understanding a Cat’s Sense of Touch

18 May

Mini Cooper is one of those cats that has a need for touch. Charles, the dog, on the other hand, likes to be near humans and other animals but does not like to be on your lap or cuddled too close. That is what makes this picture so interesting. Lately, Mini has started reaching out and laying a paw on him when she can. Is this a sign of her primal need to keep track of a predator? I wanted to know more about a cat’s sense of touch so I did a little research and thought I would share it with you.

Cats have whiskers on their upper lip, on their cheeks, and above their eyes, but did you know that they also have whiskers behind their front wrists? These are called carpal hairs. The whiskers on a cat touch like fingers do.

According to Michael Broad in a post in POC (Pictures Of, “A cat’s sense of touch includes sensing pressure, warmth, cold and pain. Touch is the first sense that is utilized in the newborn cat as it is the earliest developed sense.”

The cat’s paw has a large number of receptors that respond to pressure and the highest density of those receptors are found ‘between the foot and the toe pads.” (The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health published by Blackwell Publishing – IBSN 978-0-8138-0031-9 — page 46 and 47) 

But does Mini really have a need for touch? Experts say that cats enjoy and need contact, just like humans do. Most of that they get in the form of petting or grooming. In Mini’s case, however, she seems to have more of a need than other cats. Maybe it comes from the fact that we held her all the time when she was a kitten (and too young to be away from her mother).

The one thing I do know is that Mini loves to have her paw on Charles, or Mom, or any warm body. I want to believe that gives her comfort.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Cats, Dogs


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8 responses to “Monday Mischief: Understanding a Cat’s Sense of Touch

  1. easyweimaraner

    May 18, 2020 at 02:55

    phenny stays in touch always too… but it ends not good when the touch becomes a slap LOL

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    • dogdaz

      May 18, 2020 at 06:05

      Oh yes. Louise is a slapper. And dog slaps hurt.


  2. Sandy Steinruck

    May 18, 2020 at 07:03

    We have a cat who was feral when we found her 12 years ago. Recently she has decided she wants to be petted while she eats. She stands outside my office door and cries until I follow her to the feed bowl. This is a cat who is very independent, hangs around but has not wanted much love.

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    • dogdaz

      May 18, 2020 at 14:19

      Interesting that she needs the contact when eating. How sweet!


  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    May 18, 2020 at 09:42

    Those two little pals are adorable! Mom also likes to have her paw on me when we are sleeping. I like to have my entire body leaning on her. I don’t want her to sneak away in the night and leave me alone.

    Love and licks,

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    • dogdaz

      May 18, 2020 at 14:20

      Well that makes sense. It is best to keep track of your humans at all times.


  4. Vicki Flaherty

    May 26, 2020 at 16:20


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    • dogdaz

      May 26, 2020 at 18:30



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