Does Your Cat Like Belly Rubs?

When kitty is stretched out on their back does this mean they want a belly rub? Not necessarily. Cats rarely lay this way as this is a very vulnerable position for them to be in. It is, however, a very strategic position for them to as it allows them all four paws, and sets of claws, for defense.  Surprise a cat and this position and they may instinctively grab your arm with all four legs – no offence, it’s just a defense mechanism.

When you see your cat sleeping in this position they are saying that they are relaxed, happy, and very comfortable in their home.

Tiger Belly Rub

Morris-Belly Rub

To be safe, It’s best to not attempt a belly rub unless you know it will be welcomed.


6 thoughts on “Does Your Cat Like Belly Rubs?

  1. Absolutely adorable photos. Kitty bellahs are just so tempting, but our mom knows of what you speak. Whenever she approaches Lisbeth, she rolls over and presents her tummy, but she does not want to have it touched, and will grab Mom’s arms and start bunny kicking her. She wants butt scritches ONLY! Have a great weekend. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  2. Tiger (seen in the top photo) rarely lays in this position and when he does I know better than to even think of rubbing his belly. Morris (bottom photo) lives for the belly rub.

  3. Oohhhh it’s so hard not to rub a kitty belly when it’s exposed like that! But those bunny kicks you get in return are not so nice… It’s definitely best to refrain from rubbing those soft kitty bellies 😦

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