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do cats have bellybuttons?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,
I know this sounds like a really stupid question, but do cats have bellybuttons? My boyfriend says that they do and he even thinks he found my cat's bellybutton. I'm completely ignorant when it comes to detailed cat anatomy, so although this doesnt seem quite right I have no argument either way.
Sorry for the dumb question, but I figure someone here should know!
post #2 of 24
lol I dont think so..
post #3 of 24
Hmm. Seems like they would seeing as they had an umbilical cord attached. LOL, c'mere kitty, kitty, kitty. Let me look at your tummy.
post #4 of 24
Hmmm...I wouldn't think so because the belly button is just the umbilical cord snipped and tucked in. I don't think litters of cats are born with umbilical cords attached to each of their tummies. or are they?
post #5 of 24
Dont the umbilical cords come out of their privates? I have no clue.. lol. But I have never seen a belly button on a cat.
post #6 of 24
Not sure, But I never saw one!
post #7 of 24
Good question. I don't know either....but then of course I haven't seen one.
post #8 of 24
I think they do, but I think It's really hard to find, and I don't think it looks like the human belly button.
post #9 of 24
ok ..you got me, I have to know now...
post #10 of 24
Yes they do!
I found the answer on Google!
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_001a.html
post #11 of 24
Oh my
post #12 of 24
Cool! I learn so much here at the Cat Site!
post #13 of 24


Mymy....

We learn something new everyday.



post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
Wow, I didnt expect so many people to respond so quickly!
So they do have bellybuttons then...damn, my boyfriend is right again! Is there anything he DOESNT know? Oh well, I think I'll go bother my lazy (but so cute) cats on a search for the mysterious kitty bellybutton...
post #15 of 24
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Originally posted by craziestcatlady
Wow, I didnt expect so many people to respond so quickly!
Tis why I love this board Fast paced and friendly!
post #16 of 24
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Originally posted by Vermontcat
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_001a.html
Leave it to Uncle Cecil (Straight Dope) to have the ready answer. I highly recommend that you surf his other intriguing questions, such as "why does Hawaii have an interstate?", and "did the Corrintheans write back?". Each kitten has its own umbilical cord and placental sack, therefore assumption would be they have a belly button. I've never found them on any of mine - they fade pretty quick after birth - located somewhere between the row of nips about 2/3 of the way down their stomachs (or just where you'd expect one to be).

LOL
post #17 of 24
Well, guess who's gonna go on a bellybutton seach next time I see my babies!
post #18 of 24
I assumed so (although never actually seeing one) because of the umbilical cord. Glad to see someone knows for sure though.
post #19 of 24

Great question! Cool to find the answer, too.
post #20 of 24
I never even thought of this! Cool thing to know!
post #21 of 24
Khepera has one!! I found his the day I got him, I was all paranoid and thought it was a teeny tiny hernia, but the vet said, nope, that's his navel!
post #22 of 24
looks like meow meow and boy boy will get harrassed by me tonight when i get home to search for their bellybuttons...
post #23 of 24
I never thought about it. it took the kittens cord about a week to fall off, but I never checked for a belly button.
post #24 of 24
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Originally posted by Sicycat
Dont the umbilical cords come out of their privates? I have no clue.. lol. But I have never seen a belly button on a cat.


Heehee what a hilarious thread! Out of their privates?!

On my Russian Blue it is a flat white spot completely naked of any fur. It doesn't seem to be any more sensitive than parts that are covered with fur.

I wonder if Uncle Cecli knows why kitty navels are so smooth compared to human bellybuttons. . .
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