Cats prefer petting that goes in the same direction as their fur. Most cats enjoy having their scent glands areas petted, which are found between their ears, at the base of their ears, on their cheeks, and under their chin.
Give your cat a chance to sniff you before you pet her. Wait until the cat brushes its head against you. Pet your cat once if they come into your lap to set the tone. Cats should be petted while lying on their side.