Head scratchingWe've all seen those videos of people scratching cats behind the ears and getting licked in return. It turns out there's a reason for this seemingly odd behavior: cats love it when you scratch them behind the ears! In fact, this is one of the most effective ways to get a cat to not only tolerate your petting, but to actually enjoy it. Just be careful not to scratch too hard—if you do, they'll let you know with a sharp nip or claw.
If a cat rubs their chin against you, take it as a compliment! This means they trust you enough to want to mark you with their scent. When cats do this, they're also usually looking for some petting in return; so go ahead and give them a good rub under the chin. Just be warned that some kitties don't like having their chins touched, so pay attention to how your cat reacts and adjust accordingly.
The base of the tail
Another common spot for cats to enjoy being scratched is at the base of their tails. This area is particularly sensitive, so again—be careful not to scratch too hard! A light touch is all it takes to make your cat purr with pleasure.