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jmcquown[_2_]
March 20th 17, 04:38 PM
John K mentioned he is absolutely not allowed to touch Minnie's belly
below her neck/chest. I've never been able to hold a cat with it's
belly up, like one would a human baby.

Both Persia and Buffy "presented" belly to me. Over the years I've
learned if a cat rolls over like that it means they trust you not to
hurt them. That does *not* mean they want you to rub their belly. :)

Buffy will sometimes let me pet her belly but only very quickly. She's
got really soft fluffy orange fur. :) It's hard to resist touching!

I give her belly a very light brushing of the fingers on her chest and
scritches under the chin.

I tell her she's a very pretty cat with such soft belly fur. She
ignores the compliments. Doesn't take long before the front paws wrap
around my hand and the back claws come into play. Potential ripping my
arm to shreds. (BTDT with Persia clawed the heck out of me *in my
sleep* and I didn't even realize I'd touched her belly.)

So, no belly rubs for Buffy. I do love it when they become trusting
enough to at least lie on their backs.

Jill

Rusty[_2_]
March 20th 17, 05:42 PM
On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:38:56 AM UTC-4, Jill McQuown wrote:
> John K mentioned he is absolutely not allowed to touch Minnie's belly
> below her neck/chest. I've never been able to hold a cat with it's
> belly up, like one would a human baby.
>
> Both Persia and Buffy "presented" belly to me. Over the years I've
> learned if a cat rolls over like that it means they trust you not to
> hurt them. That does *not* mean they want you to rub their belly. :)
>
> Buffy will sometimes let me pet her belly but only very quickly. She's
> got really soft fluffy orange fur. :) It's hard to resist touching!
>
> I give her belly a very light brushing of the fingers on her chest and
> scritches under the chin.
>
> I tell her she's a very pretty cat with such soft belly fur. She
> ignores the compliments. Doesn't take long before the front paws wrap
> around my hand and the back claws come into play. Potential ripping my
> arm to shreds. (BTDT with Persia clawed the heck out of me *in my
> sleep* and I didn't even realize I'd touched her belly.)
>
> So, no belly rubs for Buffy. I do love it when they become trusting
> enough to at least lie on their backs.
>
> Jill

Rusty (RB) loved belly rubs. He would also let me carry him belly up too.
Very mellow cat except when it was time to get brushed or claws clipped.
Then he would wailed like I was murdering him, and I had to chase all over
the place. But teeth brushing was fine as he loved the tooth paste. I even
found puncture marks on the tooth paste from his fangs. Had to hide it in a
container which he learned to open.

He also had a reputation at the vet for being aggressive. But he was a different cat when we got home. Back to his usual self.

Winnie