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4 Spots Cats Love to Be Scratched -- and One They Hate!
Vet Street via Yahoo! Shine ^ | 6/14/14 | Dr. Marty Becker

Posted on 06/14/2014 4:11:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Feline Love: Breaking the Code

I've spent my life caring for and about animals, and I've always been a careful observer of what makes them happy. I know the "sweet spots" on every pet I've ever met, and since Almost Heaven is a horse ranch (with Quarter Horses whose personalities rival Golden Retrievers for sweetness), I know what makes equine hearts sing too.

But I also know if you hit the wrong note on many a cat, you won't be singing a happy song for long. And while most cat owners eventually figure that out on their own, you could be one of those people whose current cat tolerates pretty much anything. Your next one, though, could be scratch-happy if you don't know where to go.

Which is why I love sharing about caring, and in cats that means sticking to four top spots for heavy petting, and ignoring one spot that dogs love but that most cats never will.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
And the Belly Rub Wars are restarted.
1 posted on 06/14/2014 4:11:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 06/14/2014 4:11:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: a fool in paradise
LOLOL! I love it!

/johnny

4 posted on 06/14/2014 4:15:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: a fool in paradise

Tacky. I guess I should be glad the owner of that torso is using a cat drawn around their bellybutton vs a person.


5 posted on 06/14/2014 4:20:25 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: a fool in paradise; JRandomFreeper; lee martell

Bet it wasn’t as funny when he sobered up.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 4:25:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sides of their faces, just behind their mouthes...


7 posted on 06/14/2014 4:30:00 PM PDT by varmintman (It must really suck to be a Nazi in Kiev these days...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Mine only like belly rubs when they are on all 4’s. NEVER on their backs. Sometimes my fat diva likes it...but she’s pretty insecure.


8 posted on 06/14/2014 4:30:47 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My cat loves being carried on his back, getting his belly rubbed. However, from the time I raised from a kitten, I would routinely pick up up like that and rub him there.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 4:31:33 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Slings and Arrows


10 posted on 06/14/2014 4:32:24 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Jonty30

Believe it or not.....but I can pick my female and give her a ‘zerbert’ on her tummy. I can’t quite figure that one out.


11 posted on 06/14/2014 4:35:35 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Slings and Arrows

12 posted on 06/14/2014 4:36:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It just depends on the cat.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 4:45:10 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: smokingfrog

Both of my girl katz love belly rubs, and Mao loves getting rubbed on her tummy with the pin brush! I think a lot depends on how you raise and bond with them.


14 posted on 06/14/2014 4:45:11 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Rodamala

I knew that pic would show up.


15 posted on 06/14/2014 4:49:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have 4 cats. 2 of them love belly rubs, 2 hate it. so I’m batting about .500 on this one.

CC


16 posted on 06/14/2014 4:49:56 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: dainbramaged

True dat.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 4:50:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: smokingfrog

Reminds me of my tomcat.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 4:50:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My brother and sister-in-law have four cats. Three of them like ear and chin scratches. One loves to have her belly rubbed. But one doesn't like any scratches or belly rubs. All she wants is to have the top of her head rubbed.

My own cat loves ear scratches and only the occasional belly rub — only when he's in the mood. Try to rub his tummy without permission and you will be a bloody mess.

Every cat is different.

19 posted on 06/14/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Slings and Arrows

The one on the bottom is now found at most law enforcement firearm training facilities.


20 posted on 06/14/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

I wish that was a joke.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 4:58:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My cat rolls over and sticks his leg out like a dog just so you will rub his belly.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 4:58:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: a fool in paradise

That is disgusting. Really, do we need that?


23 posted on 06/14/2014 5:03:16 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Awww!


24 posted on 06/14/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Boy cat indifferent to belly rubs; girl cat demands them. She also likes armpit scratches (goes into her "touchdown" pose), scratches behind the knees (goes into slutty kitty pose) and lip scratches.

My last kitty loved a foot massage.

25 posted on 06/14/2014 5:26:03 PM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cat spanking (it’s gentle taps, honestly). Works on our goofball almost as good as this youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SF7G9UjVi0


26 posted on 06/14/2014 5:27:09 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: dainbramaged
"t just depends on the cat."

I think so, too.

27 posted on 06/14/2014 5:28:55 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: llevrok

LOL! Calico bongo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3MdnyQ381E


28 posted on 06/14/2014 5:36:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: meowmeow

That last is unusual. Most cats hate having their paws touched.


29 posted on 06/14/2014 5:37:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Our black & white Boots, mother of Coots, and Scoots would probably lay on her back for belly rubs the rest of her natural life if one would stay that long to accomodate her passion.

She and Cali-gal are the only ones though. Most don’t seem to favor the belly rubs as those two.

We are down to twelve cats now.


30 posted on 06/14/2014 6:11:09 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats love to have their tails pulled. No hard - a gentle constant pull. They’ll come back over and over.


31 posted on 06/14/2014 6:19:44 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We have one that loves the full belly rub. Rolls over to get maximum exposure.


32 posted on 06/14/2014 7:01:18 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Slings and Arrows
Our youngest indoor cat loves his belly rubs. he will snuggle next to my wife in bed for hours to get his rubs.

The big Siamese loves them too, while blocking the passage where he be laying, will roll over to offer his large belly for rubs.

Our adopted outside kitteh is slowly getting to like them, working down from the chest. A ways to go for good belly rubs to be enjoyed.

All the other places are well known scritch zones.

33 posted on 06/14/2014 7:11:31 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Slings and Arrows

I believe if you rub a cat’s hipocampus they don’t like that.


34 posted on 06/14/2014 8:03:34 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s a good one! Cats are such goofballs.

Here is a web cam at a cat rescue center. I often watch as kittens are flying around the room, bouncing off the walls in play.

The wounded warrior puppy cams are fun too

http://explore.org/live-cams/player/kitten-rescue-cam


35 posted on 06/14/2014 8:03:49 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yeah, I knew where this was going by the title alone. My wife has five houserats, all fixed. None of the four females will let you even think about touching their chassis, unless you want your hand turned into rawhide strips. The fifth - a male - does what we call a ‘flomp’. He’ll start to turn his head around on his neck in this Linda Blair-esque fashion, put his shoulder down, and *FLOMP* land on his back. You’d think his daddy was Buster Keaton. Pratfall quality. He’ll let me rub and scratch his belly so vigorously, and drag him around like that, I could polish the furniture with him. I think it’s his way a acceding male dominance to me. He’s sort of become my buddy. The only time he even meows is when he comes into my den here to visit me. He’s actually kinda cool, he keeps me company, and I’m not even a cat person.


36 posted on 06/14/2014 8:11:44 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberals - destroyers of both men and civilizations. The Fourth Turning Cometh.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I had a cat for eighteen years who loved her ears scratched. I would reach down and start petting her and she would move her head around so I could scratch the spot she wanted. I started with the ears and she would sway her head so I was working on a cheek. Then she would move again and I was taking care of her neck.

Because she was very docile she would allow her tummy to be rubbed, but clearly she didn't like it. Her predecessor loved to be petted but he was not docile in the slightest. If you rubbed his belly he would grab your hand with his front claws and hold on, then rake your flesh with his rear ones. The sessions would end with my getting some band aids.

37 posted on 06/14/2014 8:25:23 PM PDT by redheadtoo
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To: DaxtonBrown

Good call.


38 posted on 06/14/2014 8:51:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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