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To think that when a cat rolls around and shows its tummy, it wants it tickled?

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PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:25:44

H says it wants its neck tickled? And this is the a cat body language issue

Obviously this is VITALLY important.

ObfusKate Fri 08-Aug-14 15:27:26

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PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:29:53

this is like, my cat

5Foot5 Fri 08-Aug-14 15:31:03

Not so much the neck as under the chin. They love having under the chin stroked.

If you really want to make it mad place your hand over its face.......

msrisotto Fri 08-Aug-14 15:31:27

That's what it wants you to think so it can get you.

Honestly though, the stomach is the most soft and vulnerable part, they are showing you their stomach to show that they are submissive to you. Stroke their head, they will appreciate it. They generally really don't like their tummy being touched.

almosthuman Fri 08-Aug-14 15:31:50

One of my cats you can but the other one will rip you to shreds

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:13

oh GAH he is right!

I LOVE their tummies though - with all the fluffy fur!

ADHDNoodles Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:20

In the words of General Ackbar...

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:32

5foot, what happens?

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:40


ProfYaffle Fri 08-Aug-14 15:33:58

We have a ragdoll cat who's always lolling around flashing his tum but if you touch it he goes nuts.

LittleRedDinosaur Fri 08-Aug-14 15:34:25

It's trap! Don't do it!
I heard the same thing about it being a sign that they trust you not to hurt them by showing you their tummy and don't really want you to touch it

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:34:28


PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Fri 08-Aug-14 15:34:37

If my cat shows you her tummy she wants you to tickle it... So that she can grab your hand bite it to death and use her back feet to rip your innards out through your wrist.

I hope she doesn't go round showing her belly to strangers because they'd be in for a shock when she tears them to pieces for their trouble.

RabbitsarenotHares Fri 08-Aug-14 15:34:49

Sorry, OP, your DH is right. Cats don't really like being tickled on their bellies. They MAY allow you to do so, but I wouldn't take it as an invitation. Rather, this posture means the cat is incredibly relaxed in your company, so take it as a compliment rather than an invite.

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:35:25

snort at Yafflecat

beccajoh Fri 08-Aug-14 15:36:36

It'll probably try and disembowel your arm.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 08-Aug-14 15:36:57

No, never stroke the tummy. Or the tail. Or legs. Or paws.

Just head and chin, and sometimes the back on a tried and tested cat.

Kundry Fri 08-Aug-14 15:37:35

Neither of you are right smile

The cat is showing it trusts you and is happy - it may trust you enough for you to tickle it's tummy and enjoy it but it may only trust you enough to show you it's tummy and as soon as you try to tickle it, it will get defensive and scratch you to pieces.

Of my two cats, one will always scratch and one only wants certain people to go in for the tummy tickle - if you are a stranger and misread the cue, she will maul you to death grin.

They both like their neck tickled but tummy exposure is not the clue.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Fri 08-Aug-14 15:37:43

My cat used to do that cute thing as a kitten.

Then he grew up.

It wasn't so cute then.

PittTheYounger Fri 08-Aug-14 15:37:44

STOP! you lot are making me laugh with your Tried and Tested Cats

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Fri 08-Aug-14 15:39:05

Haven't you seen this?

Stinkle Fri 08-Aug-14 15:39:44

Yeah, I made that mistake too, when mine was laying flat on his back on lap.

I still bear the scars

thatstoast Fri 08-Aug-14 15:40:01

I think this explains it pretty well.

Stinkle Fri 08-Aug-14 15:40:20

flat on his back on *my lap

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