Why Do Cats Arch Their Back?

6 Reasons You Should Know

Cats tend to do very funny things, like claw at us and lick our noses. But one of the most famous and unique cat behaviors is the arching of their backs.

These nimble little creatures are very flexible and get into some interesting positions from time to time.

If you’d like to know more about why your cat is arching his back, keep reading!

If your cat is exhibiting this behavior during a pet or scratch, this is a very good sign. This means that you’ve triggered a positive response in the cat.

You’ve Hit The Spot

They might come face-to-face with a threat that makes them feel uncomfortable. This will result in them arching their back, hair standing on end, and often hissing.

They Are Scared

A brief arch of the back can be written off as a lazy stretch. However, cats are more flexible than us, therefore their stretching behavior can seem a bit over the top.

Simple Stretching

If your cat is in a playful mood, they might also get into a similar position. This is parallel to their  “ready to attack” pose.

They Are Playing

A common reason why your cat is arching his back may be because he is presenting his bum – that’s right! Do not take this as a negative sign.

They Might Be Displaying Their Bum

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