My cat has a very sensitive lower back
(ST.PETE FLORIDA )
I scratch my cat on her back right before her tail, she reacts really funny. She will squint her eyes and her head goes up and kind of goes back and forth in jerky motions.
Then she will lick my arm and nibble on me. I’m not sure if this is a nerve reaction (like a dog shakes his leg when scratch belly) or if she likes it? Any ideas?
Hi Darcie…. thank for visiting and asking.
The lower spine area where it meets the beginning of the cat’s tail is sensitive. I have seen a similar reaction in my cats.
I am sure cat caretakers all over the world have seen the same. The reaction is dependent on the individual cat but I believe that all cats find contact there slightly irritating (in a slightly nice kind of way) because of the sensitivity of the area.
I don’t think it is irritating in a bad way. Cats tend to actually like it slightly in my experience but not in the same way that they like being stroked for example.
Because it is so widespread, it cannot be said to be due to a disease or as one commenter says, feline hyperesthesia (a kind of nervous affliction).
The sensitivity in that spot is similar for both male and female cats, incidentally, in my experience and therefore it not sex related.
I don’t think people know why the area is sensitive. It may simply be for anatomical reasons – a conglomeration (bundle) of nerves in that area.
I wouldn’t worry about it but don’t overdo rubbing and scratching (petting) in that area as beyond a certain point a cat does find it irritating.
P.S. I will come back to this page again to add some more based on more research.