One thing that always puzzles me is when people tell me they mustn’t touch their cats’ bellies unless they’re ready to face death.
Not only don’t my cats mind where I pet them, quite often they’ll actually present me their bellies to be petted there. And even when it’s not a specific “Belly Rub Day”, they don’t care either way. They don’t care if I touch their legs or tail, either. Sometimes Äffchen is in a playful mood and will slap my hand but not because she minds being touched in that specific place but more because…well, she just wants to.
I didn’t ‘train’ them to be like that, they just are. And it is so strange because apparently, it is rare that a cat won’t mind. And yet, both of mine are like that. I swear, they’re not cats, their alien life forms!