There are many massage techniques out there for cats, and massage is a great way to calm a skittish or anxious cat down and make them more responsive to human touch. Many massage techniques for cats are very easy to do, and can be done when you are just normally petting your cat. Massage is a great way to bond with your feline friend and help them just get into a state of calm and relaxation.
While petting your cat, take your open palm and gently stroke down his back all the way to the base of his tail, going down only, and allowing your hand to completely cover his back. Repeat this several times to help stretch out your cat’s back and get them in a state of relaxation.
Now, using one hand, pet your cat on the top of the head in a circular motion with your fingers, then stroke your fingers down your cat’s cheeks to under his chin, where he should stretch his neck out to get the best chin scratch. After a few seconds, work your fingers back up your cat’s cheek and then rub your cat’s ears gently, from base to tip. Use both hands now so you can get both ears at once. If your cat will allow it, take your forefinger into a knuckle and gently rub in a circular motion at the base of your cat’s ears, one ear at a time, just at the entry of your cat’s ear canal. A cat that enjoys it will lean into the motion, and then lean the other way when you do the same to the other ear. My cat loves this.
When your cat is lying on their side, take both your hands and cup your cat’s legs, stroking up and down in a smooth motion. This helps them relax when they are twitching their tail in annoyance, and also helps teach them to tolerate human touch on their paws without striking in attack or play. It’s a great way to calm the cat down.
You’ll know if your cat enjoys the massage or not. They will purr, obviously, but also react to the motions by raising their bum in the air as you stroke their back, stretch their legs out as you massage their limbs, and stretch their neck out and lean into your hand as you stroke their ears and chin. These may seem like such simply massage techniques, but the back massage in particular is a great way to calm a stressed cat, and sit really allows for even touchy cats to enjoy a massage now and then.
personal experience with my evil cat