Howdy all, I came across this article when researching cat butt presentations. One of our cats Fiona (our 12 yr old) does this occasionally to my wife. We never thought of this action the way that this article presents it. If you have a preconceived idea about this subject, read on to view the perspective by this author Amy Shojai.
By Amy Shojai, CABC … Cats Expert
Tail sniffing behavior is normal between cats and cat butt presentation is a part of cat talk. But it often surprises us when Fluffy leaps onto our lap for a petting session, turns around, and presents his (ahem) furry nether regions.
Why Cats Show Their Butt
Think of this from your cat’s perspective. When greeting each other for the first time (after the hissing stops!), cats sniff each other’s face and neck as a sort of “hello there.” This could be compared to you nodding a greeting to a stranger at first meeting.
Once they feel comfortable with each other the cats progress to sniffing flanks. That could be similar to a human “nice to meet you” polite handshake. This is the area that holds family scent of other cat’s body rubs, grooming, or a human’s petting hand so it tells the sniff-er quite a lot about the cat.
Article can be seen here…. cats.about.com
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