why does my cat lay on his back

Vocalization may be able to provide a hint regarding what your cat's belly exposure may mean. According to the Humane Society of the United States, a growling cat on her back can even mean preparation to attack -- yikes. However, on the contrary, a purring feline on her back may actually be asking for you to stroke her tummy -- aww.


Be warned, though, that not all purring cats appreciate tummy strokes when in this position. If your cat is simply relaxing and you interrupt her serenity by touching her belly, she may show her displeasure by biting or scratching you -- yikes! Always use context when deciphering your kitty's body language motives.


The difference between a growl and a purr is massive.
Most of the time a cat that is on its back is comfortable and happy. It can be a sign of submissiveness and can indicate that your furry friend feels safe and protected with you.


If your cat is napping while they're lying on their back, or if they're purring and kneading while awake, it's safe to say your cat is feeling very content. Some cats show their stomachs when they're ready for playtime. If they're on their back with their ears up and facing forward, the cat is most likely ready to play, so feel free to bring in a cat toy for some interaction with your furry friend.


Female cats can show their bellies during the mating process. If your cat isn't fixed and you see other signs of being in heat, this can be another reason for this behavior.

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