The belly rubs that we give to our pets are fun and adorable, but there's more to it than that. When an animal presents its belly to you, it represents a sign of submissiveness or trust. Depending on your relationship with a dog, showing their tummy either means that they trust you and want a belly rub, or that they're submitting to you (in which case you should approach them in a friendly but respectful manner). Cats usually show their bellies as a defensive gesture, so most will only tolerate a brief belly rub before attacking.

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#1 This Guy Loves Belly Rub

This Guy Loves Belly Rub

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JPolaczyk 1 year ago

I'm sure it suffers unspoken torment, but that's how it express it :D

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#10 Hedgehog Gets A Belly Rub

Hedgehog Gets A Belly Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 1 year ago

Tickling their "skirts" gently when curled up relaxes them enough to uncurl incase you need to check for injuries

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#12 Sloth Getting A Belly Rub Like A Boss

Sloth Getting A Belly Rub Like A Boss

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TiffanySims 1 year ago

I love their smiles. I love sloths

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#14 Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

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RoxanneHughes 12 months ago

My rat would flop over next to my hand so I would rub is belly. It's a sign of great trust for them...opening up their most vulnerable spot.

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#19 Rolling In The Grass And Getting A Belly Rub Is Just Too Much - Look At This Smile

Rolling In The Grass And Getting A Belly Rub Is Just Too Much - Look At This Smile

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LeanneNotacooper 1 year ago

Have you seen my other ear? I know I put it around here somewhere but they keep making out I'm going crazy

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