Isn’t it a weird behavior? You scratch its ears, you rub its belly, you pet its neck, and then your cat turns around purring with delight to show you its butt. Its cute little nose offered a more pleasant sight…

You may wonder why your cat often presents you its butt in such a manner.

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One of the common perceptions about this behavior is that your cat shows you its butt when it becomes very aroused from all the petting. Be reassured: this is a false perception. Your cat is not aroused sexually. Your cat simply wants to show you its affection. More precisely, your cat wants to tell you that it loves and trusts you like its maternal figure. So instead of feeling insulted the next time your cat presents you its butt, maybe you will feel “special”!

Some explanations are required, don’t you think? Kittens get a lot of physical attention from their mothers. In addition to licking their kittens fur all the time to keep them clean and show their affection, cat mothers also clean the small kittens genital areas to help them expulse feces. This simply explains why your cat also shows you its butt when it receives a lot of attention from you.

This is an instinctive behaviour, and your cat cannot understand why such a vision might be unpleasant to you. If you however find its behaviour very annoying, you can stop petting your cat when it shows you its butt, and resume petting it when it shows you its cute little face instead. Cats are quick to catch on what they must do to get what they want. Your cat will therefore learn that it needs to be facing you to receive attention from you.

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