Continuing our series on quirky cat behaviour…
We asked the RSPCA’s cat behaviour and welfare expert, Alice Potter, to answer some of your most-asked questions about our feline friends.
Why does my cat roll over and show her tummy but not want it to be stroked?
Alice says: It’s easy to assume that if your cat shows their tummy it’s because they want to have it rubbed – but many cat owners who try this get an unpleasant surprise!
When cats expose their tummies it makes them vulnerable, so when they greet us in this way it’s a sign that they feel safe and trusting. However, it isn’t a request for a belly rub!
Top tip: When your cat rolls over and shows you her tummy it’s best just to give her a gentle little head rub.
And remember, the more we understand about our feline family members, the better we can be at making them happy and healthy!
Next time: Why does my cat really love boxes?