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Quirky kitties – part two!

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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.

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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?

Christine

Christine

Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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