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Why Do Cats Raise Their Butts At You?

Last Updated on January 31, 2023 by admin

If you’re new to cats you might be shocked the first time your cat sticks it’s butt out at you. We’ve all seen one or two viral videos or pictures of cats barging in on a video call by giving the camera a close up view of their cute butt. As crazy as it sounds some people do not appreciate their cat constantly sticking their butt in their face. If you’re one of these people I have some bad news for you.

There is no way to curb this behavior without getting your cat to like you less. As we will explain below it’s one of the highest compliments a cat can give you and a sign that they like you and trust you very much. If you’re cat does this a lot you’ll just have to learn how to appreciate it and reward your cat accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll be punishing your cat for showing you true affection.


Cats Stick Their Butt Out to People They Like

When unfamiliar cats greet each other they start by sniffing each other around the face region. That is of course if they’re not on the verge of a hissing war. As they get familiar with each other they will sniff each other lower and lower on the body until they reach the butt. The scent of a cat’s rear says a lot about a cat. When you pet cats or give them scratches around the tail area you’re also leaving your scent on them. It’s used as a way to communicate with other cats to say, “this is who I am and these are the people I hang out with”. Between cats it’s a way to reveal some privileged information while also showing that they’re friendly since they put themselves in a vulnerable position.

Usually when cats stick their butt out at you it means then want you to scratch them or pet them in that region too. Thankfully when a cat raises their tail and display their goods to you, they’re not expecting you to sniff their butt hole to confirm the cat’s identity. Not that you could. If you have other people in the house pay attention to who your cat shows their butt to the most because it’s a good sign that the cat likes the person more. You might be surprised.

Cats Do What Cats Do

Although cats do some things to annoy us in order to get our attention, showing their butt and butt hole to us is not one of them. It might seem perfectly in line with their general character but this is definitely not one of them. Just know that you are not alone and make sure you let everyone know what you learned today so nobody can talk smack. Once they find out that a cat showing their butt to you is one of the greatest compliments a cat can give you people will definitely think differently.

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