This article first appeared on iCatCare here.
This may seem like a case of mixed messages but it’s us that get it wrong!
When a cat greets its human companion it makes a display of trust by exposing its belly. A similar friendly ‘roll’ is often seen when one cat solicits play from another. When a cat does it to us it may be illustrating one of two things; either it is a sign of trust and any physical contact at this time could look threatening or it is a request for a rough and tumble – either way, injury will ensue so the temptation to touch should probably be avoided!
I am the feline behaviour specialist at feline charity ‘International Cat Care’. We are about engaging, educating and empowering people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.