When it comes to our feline friends, they can share many traits with us. Our cats can be moody, our cats can be sensitive, and our cats can feel many of them same sensations that we feel. When you were a kid, you may have remembered your parents tickling you. For us humans, we are usually ticklish in certain spots of our bodies. And since we often wonder if our cats can experience similar things, many cat lovers have wondered if cats can in fact be ticklish. So, if you’ve ever wondered if cats are ticklish, I have the answer for you. Just keep reading!
First off, cats being ticklish can be similar to humans being ticklish
I think it goes without saying that we know that not every person is ticklish. So, why would that be any different for cats? The truth is, it’s not! Just like humans, not every cat will have a playful reaction to being tickled. Which can be said about humans, too. For some of us which are annoyed by being tickled, we react accordingly. And the same can be said for our feline friends. The difference is, your cat’s sense of touch is far more heightened than yours. Some suggest as much as 6x what a human’s is. So, if tickling is annoying to you on your normal human level, imagine how that must feel to a cat!
Cats likely view tickling differently than we do.
It goes without saying that cats and humans perceive things differently. For example, when cats trust someone, they might show that trust by putting their rear in that cat or human’s face. (Thankfully humans resort to other measures!) So, while tickling might be displayed as a way to engage in play, to cats, they might just view us tickling them as a term of endearment.
Remember, your cat’s sense of touch is drastically heightened compared to your own. So, some cats might be more willing to let their guard down and be tickled. And other cats might react by way of biting, hissing, running off, or scratching. This is especially true if you try to tickle your cat’s belly. Your cat’s belly and the base of their tail where it connects to their back are two of the most sensitive areas on their entire body. Basically these areas contain countless nerve endings that can send them into sensory overload almost instantly. This is why so many cats are not fans of belly rubs. But again, cats are truly individuals, and that’s not to say that some cats aren’t crazy about them!
Cats which are naturally more affectionate and less skittish or standoffish might be more inclined to be tickled by you. But as always, remember to never force your affections on a cat. To show them the respect they deserve, allow them their space and respect their boundaries. Because to them, that speaks volumes and earns trust!
Where are my cat’s tickle spots?
So, if you have yourself a cat who is open to being handled by you and craves affection, then there are certain spots on cats that are known for being ticklish. These kitty cat ticklish spots would be their cheeks, belly, and underneath their chins. And cats aren’t the only mammals that are ticklish either. It’s been reported that rats, dogs, and chimpanzees are ticklish, too! If your cat responds positively to being tickled, and not annoyed by it, consider yourself fortunate.
Tickle sessions can be a cute and fun way for the two of you to bond together. And you won’t need to worry when your cat has had enough, because we know all too well that cats are not shy about hiding their true feelings. So, if you hear some kitty cat thunder or see those murder mittens come out, stop ASAP. Cuddle session is done!