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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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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Why do cats bunt you?

Savannah cat head butt

An alternative and a further question on the same or similar topic might be, “Why do domestic cats head-butt each other?” I believe that if you can regard the scent (pheromones) of a domestic or wild cat as a representation of them in terms of their body odour i.e. their scent, it helps to …

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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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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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Cat-to-human friendly nose touch greeting

Feline nose touch greeting - cat to human

This is a cat-to-human friendly nose touch greeting. Cats who are friendly with each do it a lot combined with the tail up and scent exchange rubbing including head butting. It’s very hard for a domestic cat to greet us with the classic feline ‘nose touch greeting’ for the obvious reason that we are …

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