Ever have this happen? Ever wonder why the feline decided to pull this one? You ever come home and walk in the house or room where your ball of fur is asleep on the floor and when it sees you it may roll ove ron its back, stretching out its legs as far as they will go, yawning and exercising its claws in a kneeding motion, tail tip gently twitching as it stares up at you with those half closed eyes like it was keeping a secret from you? It keeps an eye on you checking your movements and mood just be be sure. Cats are great judges of mood and motive. This is just a cat\’s way of offering you a passively friendly reaction and it is something that is only done to a close family intimate and some pride members. Few cats will risk such a greeting if the person or animal entering the room were a stranger or new family member, because the belly-up posture makes the cat highly vulnerable. This is the essence of its friendliness. It is a gift from the heart to you and you alone. The cat is basically saying \”I roll over to show you my belly and to show you that I trust you completely and adopt this vulnerable posture to show you how much. \”
A more active cat would most likely rush over and greet you by rubbing against you as a form of affection as well as ensuring its scent is on you to let all the world know you belong to it, but a cat in a calm, lazy, sleepy mood prefers the belly-roll display if they trust you enough.
You can watch the tail and if there is a little twitching it indicates it is having some conflict with this display but usually this is just its mind saying jump up and run to you or just roll over and yawn. Cats always twitch their tails when they are thinking things out or having a conflict of interests. It is not always safe to assume however, that a cat making this belly-up display is prepared to allow you to touch or stroke its soft underside. this is the most vulnerable area of a cat is is protected at all times. It may appear it is offering you a chance to rub but often an attempt to stroke the belly with a friendly hand gets you a swipe from an irritated paw! The cat protects its belly more than any other part of its body and often find it unpleasant t be touched there, except in a relationship where the cat and its human have developed a very very high degree of social intimacy. You show me yours and I\’ll show you mine ha ha. In this case the cat may trust you so much it knows you will not harm it and will allow almost anything from you. The typeical cat however is wary of this especially from a new owner or stranger.
Bottom line. if they do it, you must have really scored some kudo points with the feline in question and means they truely do love you something ferce ha ha. The sign of trust when the cat rolls on its back exposing its stomach it is showing it trusts you rather than wanting its belly rubbed. The leg rub Flattened ears Licking of lips while after eating this can just be it is cleaning itself, at other times it can be a sign of nausea or stress The slow blink the cat will slowly close and open its eyes, turning its head to one side, meaning it is relaxed and is not feeling threatened Nicky Trevorrow, Cat Protection s behaviour manager, said: They are quite complicated and subtle in their behaviour, much more so than social species like ourselves and dogs. When a cat throws itself on its side and shows its belly, most people misinterpret this behaviour and think that it wants its belly rubbed but will get grabbed by their hand and the cat will bite them. What the cat is actually doing is showing a greeting behaviour and showing trust. It is actually an abuse of that trust to stroke its belly. What the cat would rather you do is to give it a slight head rub. When a cat comes towards you with their tail upwards, it is a sign of their greeting.
The best thing to do is to acknowledge their greeting and give their head a rub. \” The charity produced the short three minute video guide after conducting a survey of 1,100 cat owners to see what they thought their pets were trying to communicate. Three quarters of those asked did not know that the cat s upright tail meant it was pleased to see them, while a third thought a cat wanted its tummy tickled when it lies on its back. A third of owners also failed to recognise a slow-blinking cat as meaning they were content and 65 per cent thought a purring cat means it is always happy, but it can also be a sign of pain. Half of owners were unaware that cats show stress by licking their lips and a quarter thought cats shed hair intentionally to mark their territory. Mrs Trevorrow added: If a cat is stressed it is really important to give them a place to hide and to get up high. \” A recent study showed that that help to convey how they are feeling. Mrs Trevorrow added: \”Unlike dogs and humans, cats have not evolved the complex facial muscles that allow them to make obvious expressions. \”They are more subtle and can be difficult to read, so owners also need to look for non-facial signals that can indicate how their cat is feeling.