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Dawn wrote at 2006-10-04 12:57:41
Our cats do this to if you scratch around their tails. I think it is an involuntary response.

Joanne wrote at 2008-08-24 14:26:01
My cat just started doing this and I think there may be more to it than just a reflex or interesting habit.  Would be very interested to hear if there could be an associated health issue.

CB Beaumont wrote at 2008-08-27 02:10:21
I've seen several cats do this. But there is definitely nothing about it on the internet. Well nothing in English

Mack wrote at 2009-11-25 04:03:27
Our cat does the same thing! We thought it was because he is slightly overweight, and maybe he can't clean as well back there. This might make him feel dirty, and make him want to clean himself. But he does the same thing if I scratch, or if I use a wet washcloth...very weird, not sure!!! But it is the  ONLY spot i can touch him with anything wet, I couldn't give him a bath if my life depended on it. Is your cat overweight? Maybe it does have to do with it. Our other 2 skinnier cats don't do it.  

WarCat wrote at 2009-11-26 11:50:23
Our cat has this reflex as well.. Our theory is this is caused by a nerve bundle at the base of the tail that we call the nib-nib-ula...

lucia wrote at 2010-06-22 04:08:42
My cat does the same thing!! It is very weird but he seems to enjoy it at least it doesn't seem to bother him.

lucia wrote at 2010-06-22 04:08:42
My cat does the same thing!! It is very weird but he seems to enjoy it at least it doesn't seem to bother him.

Mike wrote at 2010-08-21 06:14:24
I agree that it is most likely a reaction when he's particularly happy, because our cat (who has that exact same reaction) starts meowing and purring when you scratch his back like you said.

It's definitely quite strange though!


Nicholas G wrote at 2010-10-19 17:13:34
I have no clue why your cat does that. But I would love to know why.

My female Tortoiseshell does the same thing, you scratch her anywhere on her back and she nibbles or licks her self. even if we put our hand in the way she will lick your nibble your hand. You can tell when your about to hit the spot, her head twitches and looks up and when you hit the spot she starts nibbling or licking.

It's very odd.

945call wrote at 2011-04-30 17:12:58
We have two all black, Siamese mixed cats who are 1 year old and which we've had since they were kittens.  They both love this type of scratching except for the nibbling part.  They seem to enjoy it most when they have a toy they have just captured.  They rub themselves over the toy and then turn over to have their chest and bellies rubbed.  If we don't stop I think they would stay there for hours.

simosc2 wrote at 2011-12-07 09:42:59 7 year old male cat has just started this same behavior, except he does not seem to enjoy it...he viciously gnaws his right paw and at times tries to bite me until i stop scratching his spine...i am concerned about maybe some kind of nerve damage or something painful...i am open to any advice..God bless..simosc2

Karen wrote at 2013-07-12 01:04:06
This is NOT enjoyable for your cat! If you were to have your cat hooked up to an EEG while you did this, you would see that the response is similar to a seizure.

DeAnna wrote at 2014-03-26 04:02:30
My cat does the EXACT same thing. She is about 10 years old and very overweight. She just started doing this around the same time she stopped jumping up on the bed. Her low back has some tight muscles lumps that are only noticeable with a massage. I think that she is trying to say that she has back pain. Do you think this could be going on with your kitty too?

P.S. I think my kitty might have a thyroid problem because of how heavy she is and how little she eats. I need to take her to the vet to have that possibility checked out.

karebear wrote at 2015-04-21 02:29:21


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