We have all seen it, or we have had it done to us. You are minding your own business and a cat sticks his or her butt in your face.
Cats do this when they are greeting a person, another cat, a dog, etc. They will also do this when you are petting them. Most of us think that cats do this because they want you to scratch that area, but this is simply not true. (By the way, do not touch “that area” unless you want a paw to the jaw).
So why do cats offer us their rear end? Well, simply put, a kitty derrière in your face is the feline version of a high-five in cat language!
Cats have scent glands at the base of their tails that produce their own “signature” scent. When they offer this posture to you or another animal they are saying, “I trust you. Go ahead. Check me out. Get a good whiff of what I have goin’ on.”
So the next time a cat offers their rear to you, don’t be offended. It’s a compliment!
Does your feline family member offer you their derrière?