Beware the cat who shows his belly - Dr. Marty Becker


Beware the cat who shows his belly

Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

cat lying on back showing belly

Why would a cat under attack who can’t flee or bluff his way out of a fight roll over and expose his belly?

It’s a worthy feline fighting stance. A cat in danger knows instinctively to engage his powerful rear legs and sharp claws in a raking motion designed to tear into the vulnerable belly of an attacker. Think of it as inflicting eight knife wounds simultaneously and repeatedly. Toss in those sharp fangs and the front claws going for the opponent’s face, and you can see that the cat is the ultimate ninja warrior.

There’s more – including how to help your itchy pets – in Pet Connection, the weekly nationally syndicated pet feature I co-write with Kim Campbell Thornton and my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker.