Petting a cat may sound simple, but for children or people who haven’t spent much time around cats, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of approaching and touching a cat. Petting in the wrong spot or using too much force or speed can agitate some cats, causing them to bite or scratch. Experts recommend letting it happen on the cat’s terms: seek permission to touch her, and let the cat have control over the interaction. There are a few places where it’s hard to go wrong: areas where cats have scent glands are perfect for petting. Spreading their scent imbues their environment with a familiar smell, which in turn makes them feel happy and content. Knowing where to touch, and when to stay away, can help ensure that both of you enjoy a little cat-human contact.