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Beware of the Belly!

A cat’s belly floof may appear sumptuous and inviting but beware! Always pay full attention to the cat’s face and body language before venturing there with your hands. When a cat is writhing on the floor in front of you with its belly exposed and giving you direct eye contact, this may be a challenge or a warning rather than an invitation for affection and a good ol’ belly rub, although some cats do seem to enjoy this kind of affection. In general though, the more excited and persuasive a cat may seem, the more likely it is to become easily overwhelmed. If you would like to keep your skin intact, it is vital to know when a cat is inviting you to touch or if it is testing you by offering you its belly but really meaning that it is willing to expose its most vulnerable part to demonstrate that it is not a threat but is prepared to defend itself if you go too far. Failing to understand feline communication in this way has led to many beaten up human hands and arms. After all, when a cat

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