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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
OK....when you scratch your kitty's tummy, what exactly do you do?

I mean, do you actually scratch in a fast motion his actual stomach?
Do you lightly go in circles on his stomach and chest area?
Do you put your hand on their stomach when they are in a lying position and use your nails?

I guess what I'm trying to understand is the exact way a cat's stomach SHOULD be scratched or rubbed?

I just never understood the "proper" way of doing this.
post #2 of 17
i think its everything you mentioned above??
my kitty loves to lay on his back and for me to just let my nails flow through
post #3 of 17
For me, the proper was to scratch Eponine's tummy is to do it at the exact moment she wants it before she'd rather turn my hands into a scratching post. That window of time is approximately 2-3 seconds per day!
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
For me, the proper was to scratch Eponine's tummy is to do it at the exact moment she wants it before she'd rather turn my hands into a scratching post. That window of time is approximately 2-3 seconds per day!
Sorry I'm laughing, I know you mean well, it's just funny how you put it! That sounds about the same amount of time Angel gives.

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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats
Sorry I'm laughing, I know you mean well, it's just funny how you put it! That sounds about the same amount of time Angel gives.

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Don't apologize for laughing I knew it would envoke laughs from everyone that has a cat that does that Jeckyll/Hyde thing whenever you go scratch their tummy!
post #6 of 17
Waffle likes to be scritched roughly all over, including on her stomach. So I just move the palm of my hand up and down on her stomach. It ends up making her body shift up and down a bit when I do it, but she really loves it. She's a crazy cat though. Any other cats I had growing up would have killed me for trying to scritch their tummies!
post #7 of 17
Meish loves belly scritches and rubs. I normally start at her chin and just scratch or pet her all the way down her tum. She'll stretch her arms up over her head and everything. She's so spoiled.
post #8 of 17
Ivo doesn't like having her stomach scratched with my nails or fingertips. What she does like is long firm strokes from armpit to belly, with my thumb on one side of her ribcage and my fingers the other.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by okeefecl
Ivo doesn't like having her stomach scratched with my nails or fingertips. What she does like is long firm strokes from armpit to belly, with my thumb on one side of her ribcage and my fingers the other.
That's pretty much exactly how Waffle likes it.
post #10 of 17
Oliver - long pats for about 30 seconds
Tripod - every way possible, as much as possible, for as long as possible
post #11 of 17
Tippy - doesn't really like her tummy tickled too much (she's a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde) but she has a bit of a baggy belly and when I hold her baby-fashion she likes her baggy belly patted

Felicity - LOVES her tummy tickled and doesn't have a nasty bone in her body as far as her human pets are concerned. Little circles, soft rubs up and down the tummy and chest - she'll purr all night.

Adelaide - I've never dared get anywhere near her tummy - it would scare the poor kitty to death.

Lily - not really into to having her tummy tickled, but when I hold her baby-fashion she loves me to lay the palm of my hand on her tummy with my fingers on her chest so she can curl her front paws around my hand and hold them.
post #12 of 17
sometimes, socks 'lets' me do this, but if i start scratching him really fast, he goes for my hand.
post #13 of 17
I can rub Buzz's tummy only when he is eating. If I try while he's laying down he thinks it's a game and attacks my arm. Emmie likes to be rubbed all over and Missy, well I don't see her much, she's always sleeping.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
So I guess pretty much what I do, is what all of you do. I seem to do, or have tried, all of the ways you do it. Maybe I'm not so ignorant after all!

YAY!!!
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Don't apologize for laughing I knew it would envoke laughs from everyone that has a cat that does that Jeckyll/Hyde thing whenever you go scratch their tummy!
Oh that's so Baylee!

Now Max on the other hand... he's such a fan of the belly rub. He'll block my access to the computer, lie on his side and when I move my hand towards him, he'll roll over onto his back. I usually alternate between petting his belly and scratching, maybe just alternate between different styles til you see your cats eyes close and they look like they're content!

Now he has snapped at my fingers twice without warning when I was doing this! Cats can be so fickle!
post #16 of 17
well, Pixel LOVES tummy scritches... she'll even open her legs up for 'easy access'!
Mouse liked them, too.
Cable will occasionally let me rub her tummy, gently
she'll also allow me to kiss her tummy
BUT NO SCRITCHES EVER!!!!!
post #17 of 17
[quote=flisssweetpea]Tippy - doesn't really like her tummy tickled too much (she's a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde) but she has a bit of a baggy belly and when I hold her baby-fashion she likes her baggy belly patted


"My, Oh My!" did I have to laugh at the baggy belly description! That is my Marcellus to a "T!" I always called it his "sack" but baggy belly is even funnier! Anyway, the scratching tummy question: My baggy bellied Marcellus will rip you apart if you were to try to scratch his tummy. Wallace likes a good tummy scratch. He likes it fairly firm all the way over his tummy. If he's really in a good petting mood he likes it back and forth all up and down his tummy with the finger nails. Whe he's had enough he'll start grooming you. If you don't stop at that then he does the grab the arm bunny kick thing (claws in). We stop when he grooms. Lewis loves a nice gentle top to bottom gentle scratch. He totally relaxes, legs all sprawled and will fall asleep with his tummy being scratched.
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