Body Language: Cat Butt Presentation

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We normally have little issue comprehending dogs since they are so easy to grasp. We can quite well decipher their facial expressions and body language. On the other hand, cats are notorious for their aloofness and vague emotionality.

Nowadays, many people believe that cats are just as capable of self-expression as dogs. Simply put, we misread or miss what they are trying to express.


Cats’ meows and tail waves can signify a multitude of things. Each purr, yowl, or even blink from a cat is a way for them to communicate “Hello,” “Let’s cuddle,” or “Get out of here.”

For the growing number of cat owners who want to connect with their sometimes distant cats, experts say there is something to be gained from such attempts at communication. Cats are commonly misunderstood because of their high degrees of independence.

What Causes Cats To Show Their Butt?

Cats communicate with one another visually through their body language. Different signals are sent by a cat’s ears, head, tail, and butt to other cats and its owners.

Once they are comfortable with one another, the cat starts sniffing flanks. It can be unexpected when Fluffy climbs onto your lap for a pet, turns around, and flashes his (hum) furry nether regions.


Think about it from the perspective of your cat. When cats first greet each other (after the hissing stops) by sniffing each other’s face and neck, it may be compared to you nodding “hello” to a stranger when you meet them for the first time. Since the cheeks are where cats produce the pheromones that indicate friendship, sniffing them can help lessen feelings of antagonism or anxiety.

A characteristic of cats’ common tail-sniffing behavior is the display of their butts. That may be compared to a handshake that says, “Good to meet you.” This area stores the familial scent of other cats’ body rubs, grooming products, or human touching hands, giving the sniffer a plethora of knowledge about the cat.


An exhibit of cat butt

The last step is a short sniff of the anal area beneath the raised tail. You can smell the cat right here. It’s possible to compare cats that keep their tails down and reject petting to a shy human who hides her face.

Therefore, the combination of an elevated tail and the opportunity for butt sniffing is equivalent to an enthusiastic hug or even a kiss on each cheek from a human in greeting.


When kitty sticks his tail in your face, does he really expect you’ll sniff? Probably not. Cats are bright enough to understand that we are not felines, despite how much they adore us. The body language of graciously exposing themselves for a sniff—or, more symbolically, presenting their face so we can see and recognize the “real kitty”—is highly commended between two reliable friends. The cat’s invitation to sniff its butt is a cunning feline compliment.

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