Miss Sugar Blogs: The Eyes Have It

Miss Sugar lying on the bed looking into the camera, with a bright red smile painted on the photo

Greetings, my little purr factories! I trust you had a wonderful week, filled with sunbeams and belly rubs. Today, I’m here to share with you the latest scientific research into feline behavior as I continue my quest to bridge the gap between species.

It’s sad but true that many people believe all cats are stand-offish and aloof. What we have here is a failure to communicate. Science has just proved that it’s all in the eyes. Specifically, in the way you blink them. Allow me to explain.

Miss Sugar cozied up in the middle of a messy bed with white sheets and a white comforter.

I hadn’t thought about it until science pointed it out (thanks, science!) but it’s true – cats respond better to a person who blinks slowly. Researchers in the UK further believe that narrowing one’s eyes equals a smile in cat language. This is news to me, but I only speak one dialect of cat, so I’m willing to go along.

Miss Sugar understands that this might be confusing. But don’t get your tail hairs in a knot. No, really, don’t, because when Mother brushes your tail it will be uncomfortable!

You see, a wide-eyed stare is threatening. Therefore, soft eyes that blink slowly are comforting and show affection, like when Father gazes upon me with all the love he can muster. I return the look and Mother claims it’s something like this:

Derek and Sugar face to face with little red hearts all over the photo.

Her jealousy is palpable and I’m afraid I care not a whit!

So, the next time you’re attempting to gain the trust of a cat, try the slow blinking method. If that doesn’t work, an open can of tuna in your pocket or purse is your next best option, as long as you don’t drain it first.

However, Miss Sugar acknowledges that some cats simply don’t wish to be friends and there isn’t much you can do. Go find yourself a filthy dog who will sell its soul to you in exchange for a Milkbone.

Speaking of filthy dogs, I must remind you that I share the pages with 11 of them in the 2021 Humane Society of London and Middlesex calendar! Do you have yours yet? Proceeds go to helpless and homeless animals, of which I was once one. But just look at me now! I’m a budding supermodel and Ms. February. You can take a peek and purchase HERE and find out how to enter your fave furbaby for next year’s competition.

And, in case I haven’t said it lately, I wish to once again thank all of the generous donors who put me on the page in the calendar. I slowly blink my soft and squinty eyes at you!

Until next week, my loves, I wish you a clean litterbox and a soft spot to nap in. And I wish for those to be separate places!

Your friend,

Miss Sugar

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