Why Do Cats Raise Their Butts?

Have you ever wondered why there are times when your cat elevates his tail and butt area while placing his front paws and belly on the floor? Many cat parents call this the ‘elevator butt’, but the technical term is ‘lordosis’. This body language can convey various meanings. For male cats, elevating their butts make it easier for them to hit their target when spray marking. Spayed (females) and neutered (males) cats assume the position as a reflection of their complete trust and confidence in their humans. Take note that when they elevate the behinds, it makes them highly vulnerable to predators, which means the behavior is reserved for any person or animal they are very comfortable and secure with. For female cats that have not been spayed, they elevate their butts to catch a male cat’s attention. The posture is very noticeable when the female cat is in heat. 

Sudden changes in your pet’s health and/or behavior should warrant a visit to your vet clinic Fort Collins, CO. 


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