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12:33 pm: Here kitty kitty




So there was a small discussion amongst some people I sing with a few weeks ago about a reflex that (some?) cats have. Said reflex being the thing where you pat a cat above the tail and its bottom rises up. Opinions were divided about whether this is a mating-related female-cat reflex, or a reflex that all cats have, or a reflex that all mammals have, honest (I must admit I have never noticed it in humans, although wikipedia has a fascinating list of human reflexes.)
And I could look this up, but I seem to have developed rampant jetlag five days before I should logically get it, and so looking stuff up is looking distinctly dicey, as is coherent thought. And in the absence of coherent thought one might as well speculate about cats all day long.

Poll #1529965 Ask the Internet[tm]

Does your cat do this?

I have known a female cat which did this
10(35.7%)
I have known a female cat which I don't remember doing this
0(0.0%)
I have known a female cat for which this response was definitely absent
0(0.0%)
I have known a male cat which did this
3(10.7%)
I have known a male cat which I don't remember doing this
0(0.0%)
I have known a male cat for which this response was definitely absent
1(3.6%)



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From:the_alchemist
Date:February 24th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I've been poking Prospero a lot since you first asked me this, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't have that reflex.

Also, I'm pretty sure, but not 100% sure, that a female cat I used to live with did do this.

Both cats were neutered, in case that makes any difference.
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From:feanelwa
Date:February 24th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
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A worrying number of human reflexes are in response to being hit with a hammer in some joint. Who went around hitting people with hammers to discover all this? Were they arrested?
From:mooism
Date:February 24th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
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My girlfriend has four cats (all neutered), and I have noticed that it's the male cat who sniffs all the other cats' bums.

I don't know whether this is related.
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From:bluesbell
Date:February 26th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
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I tested this on two female cats today. Both lifted their bottoms.
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