Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Wiggle Their Butts Before Pouncing


We’ve all seen it: our cats get ready to pounce on a toy, and just before they take off, they crouch and wiggle their butt a little. While there hasn’t been any formal research into the origins of this common behavior, a professor of evolutionary biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College in London has some theories. One is that it might provide an aerobic warm up of sorts for the cat. For more about what might cause this behavior, visit LiveScience.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day, on Tuesday, we featured Bootsie’s Bunk Bed and Play Station, on Wednesday, Dr. Marci Koski answered behavior questions, and on Friday, we featured a colony of feral cats outside a famous music venue. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win a Cat Pocket Tote Bag from Triple T Studios!

Today’s video features the eternal battle of cat vs. mouse…. Enjoy!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Wiggle Their Butts Before Pouncing

  1. Sue Brandes
    June 1, 2019 at 7:24 am (1 year ago)

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Janine
    June 1, 2019 at 7:06 am (1 year ago)

    A kitty butt wiggle is one of my favorite things. No matter what kind of mood I am in, if I see one of my cats to the wiggle, it makes me smile.


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