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Kitten HATES having belly touched

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Another question from the novice....
Is this normal?? Kiwi, who is 9 weeks old now gets really hostile about having her belly touched. I thought cats loved having their bellies rubbed. Can someone enlighten me?? Thanks
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Many cats do not like to have their bellies rubbed. Lucy likes to lie on her back for company and show her tummy. I have to warn people to not touch it because she will curl up in a ball and latch onto their hands with her claws.
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Originally Posted by katachtig View Post
Many cats do not like to have their bellies rubbed. Lucy likes to lie on her back for company and show her tummy. I have to warn people to not touch it because she will curl up in a ball and latch onto their hands with her claws.
i have 5 cats [plus a RB baby]. of those 6, 2 are belly rub lovers - the other 4, fuggedaboutit!
post #4 of 14
Hennessy allows a belly rub from me now and again but most of the time and with anyone else it's always just a lure for the chomping.
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Its normal. My cat will let you pet her tummy, but only for a short time before she does the ball up and chomp deal. She does love to flip uppside down and show it off though, evil creatures, pure evil, lol.
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If you pet the kitten a lot, she may grow more fond of those belly rubs. It's their instinct to protect their stomach, and wanting a belly rub is a sign of trust and even a denial of their instincts.
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Pepper will flop down on her back, but she just wants to show you her pretty kitty belly, she does not actually want you to rub it.
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flash loves her tummy tickled she purrs like mad
post #9 of 14
My little Scaredy Cat, who wants absolutely nothing to do with people -- basically hates people -- loves to have her belly rubbed. Go figure.
post #10 of 14
I think it depends on how the cat is held or laying when you pet their belly. Mine will "attack" if they are just laying there stretched out or if you are not cuddling them and just go for the belly.

But if they are in my lap on their backs and relaxed but know they are supported, they will allow their belly to be rubbed and not attack you.
post #11 of 14
2 of mine hate it and 1 loves it, IMO the one who loves it is the unusual one of the three, most cats are not too keen on having their belly rubbed.
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My Alley would lay there for hours getting her belly rubbed!

Xander seems indifferent, Riley will make you bleed if you even think about touching his belly.
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It really depends on the cat. My older girls won't tolerate having their bellies touched under any circumstances. Pete, my only boy, is fairly tolerant, depending on his mood, the time of day, etc..., and my youngest female, Claire, loves belly rubs anyplace, anytime. My parents' cat, Lucy, throws herself down on the floor in front of them and "yells" at them to rub her belly.
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
If you pet the kitten a lot, she may grow more fond of those belly rubs. It's their instinct to protect their stomach, and wanting a belly rub is a sign of trust and even a denial of their instincts.
That's what I always thought too. Aparrently no one told Tripod though. He was found as a kitten around my work. He was starving and filthy, and of course, had only 3 legs. Not one you would expect to want belly rubs, right? He will lay there forever if I'm rubbing his belly!
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