If your cat often shows you his/her belly, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat show me her belly? Likely reasons why your cat shows you her belly are that your cat is playing, showing that she trusts you and is being submissive.

There are a number of possible causes and it is likely to be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.

Why does my cat show me her belly?

Below are likely reasons why your cat shows you her belly and what would make each of them more likely.

Trust

Showing you her belly is likely to be a strong sign that your cat trusts you since the belly is a very vulnerable area for a cat. This would be especially likely if your cat does it when it comes and sits with you or when it is sleeping near you.

Submissiveness

When cats are trying to show that they are not a threat, they will often roll onto their backs. The reason why your cat rolls onto its back could be that it is being submissive. This would be more likely if it does it more in situations such as when other cats are around it. It would also be more likely if it shows other submissive signs such as making itself appear smaller and trying to hide. 

Intimidation

It might also be the case that your cat is intimidated. This would be more likely if your cat shows you its belly when you approach it boldy or loudly or if it does it when there are things happening that might intimidate it such as there being loud noises inside.

Play

Cats will often roll onto their backs when they are playing and it could be why your cat shows you its belly sometimes. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when it is playing with you and if it is full of energy when it does it.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat has always shown you her belly

If your cat has not always shown you her belly, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If you have not owned your cat for long, it could actually be a sign that it has become more comfortable around you.

The timing of when your cat shows you her belly

If there is a certain time your cat shows you its belly, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if your cat does it when you are petting it, it would be likely that your cat is playing. Whereas, if your cat does it when it is sleeping near you, it would be more likely that your cat is showing that it trusts you.

What to do about my cat showing me her belly?

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

Let it do it

It is likely to be a sign that your cat trusts you. If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways, the easiest thing to do would be to just allow your cat to continue doing it.

Limit reasons why it might be intimidated

If your cat seems to have been doing it due to getting intimidated, it could help to be calmer with your cat. It would also help to consider if there is anything around the home that might have been intimidating it.

Give your cat other things to play with

If your cat seems to have been doing it due to wanting to play, it would also help to give your cat other things to play with.

Author

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