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Hey cat parents! Ever catch your cat giving you a long, loving gaze and then slow-blinking at you? You try to return the gesture, but poof—your feline friend looks away. It’s a puzzling moment, right?

Today, we’ll dive into why cats sometimes look away when you slow-blink at them. Trust me, the answer might surprise you and make your bond with your fur baby even stronger. So let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Cats look away after a slow blink to show trust and comfort, both with humans and other cats.
  • Slow blinking is a way for cats to communicate non – threateningly and build bonds.
  • Staring with wide eyes can indicate lack of trust, fear, or anxiety in cats. Creating a calm environment is important.
  • Practice slow blinking technique consistently to strengthen the bond with your cat.
relaxed cat blinking at you

The Meaning Behind Slow Blinking in Cats

Cats blink slowly as a sign of trust and comfort, as well as a form of non-threatening communication with other cats.

A Sign of Trust and Comfort

Cats slowly blink at people they trust. This is like a big hug from them. It says, “Hey there, I feel safe with you!” It shows that a cat is happy and comfy in your care. We have seen this in many cats and humans who are friends.

Cristin Tamburo talks about this too. She works with cats and knows them well. Slow blinking is a positive way of your cat showing love!

Non-threatening Communication with Another Cat

Cats use slow blink as a form of communication with other cats. It’s a way to say, “I am no harm.” When two cats meet, they might do a slow blink. After that, one cat will often look away. This is their way of keeping things cool and saying they don’t want any trouble.

The slow blink works well for both known and new kitties. So it’s not just about the trust between you and your feline friend. Cats can also use this trick to get along better with each other. That’s why it is a sign of non-aggression in the world of cats!

Looking away doesn’t mean that your kitty doesn’t trust you. When a cat looks slowly away after a slow blink, it may indicate comfort and relaxation. Staring with wide eyes could indicate a lack of trust, fear or anxiety.

Your cat is saying something special when it blinks slowly then looks away. This move can mean your pet feels safe around you. It’s a unique way cats use to communicate with us that they trust and love their human.

In the wild, cats also do this exact blink and look with their pals. So next time you see your feline friend blink slowly, know it is a good thing! They feel happy, comfy, and at ease close by you.

Staring with wide eyes could indicate a lack of trust, fear or anxiety

When your cat stares at you with wide eyes, it could mean that they don’t fully trust you or that they are feeling scared or anxious. Cats use their body language to communicate, and wide eyes can be a sign of worry or stress.

It’s important to create a calm and safe environment for your cat so that they feel more relaxed and comfortable.

cat with wide eyes

To help your cat relax and feel safe when you slow blink, practice your slow blinking technique consistently, be patient with your cat’s response, and create a calm and secure environment for them.

To communicate with your cat, you can practice slow blinking at your cat. Here’s how:

  1. Relax and be in a calm state of mind.
  2. Slowly close your eyes halfway, as if you’re about to take a nap.
  3. Maintain this position for a few seconds.
  4. Open your eyes slowly and look at your cat.
  5. Repeat this slow blinking process several times throughout the day.

Be Patient and Consistent

To build trust and strengthen your bond with your cat, it’s important to be patient and consistent when practicing slow blinking. Cats may not immediately respond or look away when you slow blink at them.

Don’t get discouraged! Keep trying and be consistent in your approach. Over time, your cat will become more comfortable and may start reciprocating the slow blink. Remember, every cat is different, so it might take some time for them to fully trust you.

By being patient and consistent, you’ll create a positive environment where your kitty feels safe and loved.

Create a Calm and Safe Environment

To create a calm and safe environment for your cat when slow blinking, follow these steps:

  • Find a quiet and comfortable space where your cat feels secure.
  • Eliminate any potential sources of stress, such as loud noises or unfamiliar smells.
  • Provide hiding spots or elevated perches for your cat to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed.
  • Use calming pheromone diffusers or sprays to create a soothing atmosphere.
  • Establish a routine that includes regular playtime, meal times, and a consistent sleep schedule.
  • Give your cat plenty of opportunities for mental and physical stimulation through toys, scratching posts, and interactive games.
  • Keep the litter box clean and easily accessible so your cat feels comfortable using it.
  • Avoid sudden movements or loud voices that could startle or frighten your cat.


So there you have it, cat owners. When your cat looks away after you slow blink at them, it’s a sign that they trust and feel comfortable with you. Slow blinking is a gentle way for cats to communicate non-threateningly with each other and humans.

Keep practicing your slow blink and creating a calm environment to strengthen the bond between you and your feline friend.

cat tilting her head


When a cat looks away during your slow blink, they might be communicating that they trust you and know that you aren’t a threat.

Cats don’t always respond to slow blinks as the blinking signals can sometimes vary based on the cat’s body language or mood.

Make eye contact with your kitty and slowly close your eyes without blinking for a moment before opening them again. You’re basically giving your feline what is often referred to as “cat kisses.”

4. Is there any other way to communicate affection if the cat won’t reciprocate my slow-blinking?

Yes, many other ways of communicating affection exist such as petting gently, purring sounds, offering treats, or using friendly voice tones suitable for less stressful situations.

Some cats may simply choose not to engage in this behavior; it’s important to remember each one has its own unique personality and preferred methods of bonding.

6. Will all cats respond positively to owners’ attempts at making direct eye contact through blinking?

No, since there are semi-feral or feral cats who might interpret prolonged stare or direct eye-contact calls from humans as signs of aggression instead of friendly gestures.

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Written by Tom Cashman

I have grown up with pets for almost fifty years. My family has strong ties to the animal shelter community in Chicago. Currently I have two cats: an orange tabby named Zelda, and a gray mixed named Zander. Like all of my pets, they were adopted from a local animal shelter. Pet Zone represents my passion for sharing with the pet community.

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