Infographic on “Why might a cat roll over on their back when they see you?”

This is a feral cat who presents his belly for a rub.

Your cat might roll over on their back, belly up when they see you but I am not sure that it is very commonplace. It happens but less often than the classic cat greeting which is to come up to you and rub their flank against your leg and hop up to head butt …

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The social function of tail up in domestic cats

Feral cat greeting

Introduction: This article on the social function of tail up in domestic cats is based a scientific research paper of very similar title prepared by S.Cafazzo and E.Natoli. and which was published on the internet by Science Direct. The right to read the entire document was purchased by me. It is a summarized version …

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Why do domestic cats exchange scent with their human caregiver?

Cat Rubbing Up against Person's Legs

Why do domestic cats carry out ‘scent exchange’ with their owner? First of all, what is scent exchange? It may not be apparent to a cat caregiver that it is taking place. However, it happens very often, particularly when a cat owner comes home and their cat greets them. The cat will do one …

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3 resident cats smell a newbie intensely to check out his health and ‘credentials’

Three resident cats check the health of a newbie

This seems to be some sort of shelter where there are many cats. She may be a foster carer operating from home. Three of her resident cats check the credentials of the incoming newbie with great interest and intensity. The newbie accepts it all but plaintively cries out as he is unsure about what …

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Presenting the back of your hand when greeting a domestic cat

Presenting the back of the hand when greeting a cat

There are advantages to presenting the back of your hand when greeting a domestic cat, including your own cat. I always do it. This may be because my cat is a former feral cat and is perhaps a little twitchier than your average domestic cat. However, I have found that if I inadvertently wave …

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The Michelangelo technique for humans greeting cats

The Michelangelo technique for humans greeting cats

The Michelangelo technique for humans greeting cats is Jackson Galaxy’s. I’d rather use his inimitable words than mine as I don’t want to in any way misdescribe it. As the cat approaches, I will allow my hand to relax, palm down, extend my pointed finger – not extended rigid, but relaxed, so that it …

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What does ‘cat bunting’ mean?

Feline allorubbing

Conclusion My understanding of these two feline terms, ‘butting’ and ‘bunting’ is that the former is a sign of friendship (but does not deposit scent) while the latter is about depositing scent, for scent marking, from scent glands in the cat’s head but this too is a sign of friendship when the scent is …

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Introducing yourself to an unknown domestic cat in or outside the home

Introducing yourself to a cat

Some thoughts on introducing yourself to an unknown domestic cat in or outside the home. Cat calls the shots I frequently meet domestic cats on the sidewalk (pavement) where I live. If I approach them I do so deferentially. As they say, I let the cat call the shots. When a cat initiates the …

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