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5 Reasons I Love Cats’ Bellies

Bunny softness, secret spots, and to-die-for jiggle -- I'm totally spellbound by cat bellies.

Angie Bailey  |  Jan 13th 2016


I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but cat bellies are simply divine! What’s not to like about them? They’re the sweet centers of kitties — treasures to behold. But like some treasures, the bellies can be hard to access. Some cat lovers are lucky enough to share their lives with felines who love their tummies rubbed. Others (me) have cats who usually draw their swords if a human hand goes anywhere near their tender regions. But still, we try … and quickly learn first aid for the variety of scratches we’ll soon collect.

Oh, kitty belly — how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! How about five?

1. The bunny softness

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Some cats like my Phoebe have the most luxurious belly fur. It’s crazy soft and resembles that of a bunny. Sure, she’s fluffy all over, but there’s this invisible border between the side of the belly and the bottom of the belly. If we cross that border, we’re in the promised land. I’m talkin’ nirvana. It doesn’t smell like teen spirit, but its fragrance is nothing short of utopian. Here’s the thing, though: Phoebe won’t let me cross that border. She has some feisty border patrol in place, in the form of claws and teeth. Oh, how I long to cross the border and run my fingers through the plushy patch. Alas.

2. The jiggly paunch

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As cats age, many begin to sport a jiggly area on the lower part of their bellies. It seems to become more jiggly by the year, and then it starts swinging when they walk. It’s absolutely phenomenal! I know that jiggly glory as the “jungle pouch,” and my Cosmo is well endowed in that area. Sometimes when he’s sleeping soundly in my lap, I gently rub the pouch between my fingers like a little worry doll.

3. The surprise spots

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Sometimes we think we know the color and pattern of a cat’s fur, and then they roll over and we’re delighted to find surprise spots, colors, and patterns. My Saffy has a giant, white poofy spot on her belly, making her look like an eclair. And that belly fur is twice as dense as the rest of her fur — I swear it is! She’s the only one of my three that occasionally allows me to run my fingers through her belly rug. Please note: She must be fully nipped out of her mind for this pleasure to occur. This is one reason I like to keep a hefty supply of catnip in the house.

4. They’re highly huffable

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You might recognize this cat as Mittens, the star of “Texts From Mittens.” I had to include this pic because, well, look! That belly is something to behold, don’t you think? It’s snowy white with just a hint of the pink skin underneath the fuzz. I think this is a fine example of a highly huffable cat belly. Imagine lowering your face right in the middle of that magnificence. Go ahead, imagine — I’ll wait.

OK, back with me? Feeling woozy? I thought so. I’m quite familiar with the side effects of cat huffing. I have a feeling Mittens would not be too keen on having his belly huffed, and he’d probably text complaints all day long about the violation. Oh, well — that’s what happens when your tummy looks like that.

5. They’re rumble pillows

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Here we have another character from the “Texts From Mittens” lineup. This is Stumpy, Mittens’ catnip-happy best friend. As you can see, he’s pretty good to go in this photo. I present this photo as an example of the magical rumble pillow. When cats are happy, purring, and relaxed, they sometimes allow us to rest our heads on their bellies. Again, this is action is best performed while a cat is high as a kite.

There’s something so cool about the rumbly purrs vibrating on our cheeks and directly into our ears. Some cats will only allow this tomfoolery for a few seconds, but others might allow it to go on for a while, especially if they’re adequately zoned out or too tired to bother with our weird fixations.

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.