Many people think that cats roll over onto their backs to show their tummies because they want it to be rubbed. This is actually a common misconception!
A cat’s belly is quite a vulnerable and sensitive area and although there will be exceptions, as a general rule, many cats don’t like to be touched there.
It’s a behaviour that’s often used after a period of separation – so it’s a greeting – your cat’s way of welcoming you home! When your cat does this, they’re communicating that they feel relaxed in your presence, enough to expose such a vulnerable area. The best way to address this behaviour is to verbally acknowledge the cat’s greeting. If you want to stroke your cat, you could stroke their head. Cats generally like quite brief, low intensity interactions that are quite frequent.
How well do you know your cat?