My Cat Sticks His Rear In The Air When Stroked

by Michael

Charlie just after being stroked down his back! His back is very strong to compensate for having only 3 legs

Charlie just after being stroked down his back! His back is very strong to compensate for having only 3 legs

Yes, my cat sticks his rear in the air with an upright tail, when stroked. I am talking about Charlie, my three legged boy cat. The picture above shows the acute angle at which he pretty well immediately places his derriere when you stroke his lower back.

I have not seen such an acute angle before in other cats, although my girl cat raises her back slightly as if it is a response to downward pressure. But it has nothing to do with that at all.

I have talked about cat stroking in a number of posts (I must be obsessed with it!):

Stroking a Cat

Why Cats Like Being Sroked

Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

I am sure that the regular visitors know the reason why Charlie sticks his rear in the air but it is not that obvious.

From the cat’s point of view, our relationship with our cat is built on the basis that we are a mother cat and our cat remains our kitten.

When we stroke our cat our hand is a giant mother’s tongue (cats live in a land of giants) licking him or her. When a mother cat licks her offspring she also checks out her offspring’s rear end. For young kittens the mother also licks her kitten’s anus to stimulate bowel movement, something vital to health.

Bearing in mind that our cats, adult or otherwise, are perpetual kittens (when not behaving as
<href=”http://pictures-of-cats.org/wild-cat-species.html2>wild cats in the garden) in our relationship with them, our stroking immediately prompts the automatic response of presenting his or her rear end for inspection.

The tail is lifted to facilitate this. It looks a bit rude in our sanitised nature-distant world but it is beautifully natural and very functional.

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Dec 21, 2010
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same
by: Anonymous

Lol my cat Leo does it to so i go rear end!


Dec 27, 2009
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Jozef
by: Rose

ROFLO


Dec 26, 2009
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Mine does it too…
by: Kelly Baez, from DR

My Money does this as well, but no as much as your charlie. It’s good to know why!! thank you Michael.


Dec 26, 2009
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by: Michael Jozef,

LOL (big time!) — you are right. I thought about this for a while but Charlie doesn’t mind because it is natural to him (I hope!).

Finn, I didn’t think about why his position was so extreme but you must be correct. It makes sense. Thanks for that insight.


Dec 26, 2009
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Keeping his balance
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Michael. The angle Charlie presents is about the most extreme I have ever seen, but has clearly to do with keeping his balance on one front leg only.
I’ve often wondered about this reaction. With queens in heat the meaning is obvious, but it also appears with neutered and spayed cats of both sexes.

Your simple explanation makes perfectly good sense to me – thanks a lot. From now on nobody has to be ashamed to stroke their cats in public anymore. 😉


Dec 26, 2009
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It’s private
by: Jozef

Excuse me but I do that too when my mammies stroke my lower back, although I don’t stick my bum as high in the air as your Charlie does in that picture.

We have our reasons for everything we do and you’ll never truly know what they are as some things have to remain personal and private amongst us macho boy cats, if you don’t mind!

 


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