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.

If you've got an adorable picture of a belly rub, please share it with us below!

#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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#2 She Fell Over With That Face The Moment I Started Rubbing Her Belly

She Fell Over With That Face The Moment I Started Rubbing Her Belly

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TiffanySims 1 year ago

Adorable

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#3 Baby Lamb Belly Rub

Baby Lamb Belly Rub

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#4 Baby Fox Getting A Belly Rub

Baby Fox Getting A Belly Rub

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AndersMagrioteli 1 year ago

My God! Sweetest ever.

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#5 Apparently, Any Cat Loves A Good Belly Rub

Apparently, Any Cat Loves A Good Belly Rub

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#6 The Face Of A Belly-rub In Progress

The Face Of A Belly-rub In Progress

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MartinaZbinden 1 year ago

Is that Dug from UP? :D

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#7 Bart The Bear And His Trainer Doug Seus

Bart The Bear And His Trainer Doug Seus

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HollyWoods 1 year ago

Isn't that Grizzly Adams?

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#8 Shark Looks Like A Dog Enjoying A Belly Rub

Shark Looks Like A Dog Enjoying A Belly Rub

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Marie-FranceLehoux 1 year ago

Woah! The shark one is sooooo cool!

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#9 Fox Gets A Belly Rub

Fox Gets A Belly Rub

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IoanaCristina 1 year ago

RonRon <3

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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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#11 One More Belly Rub May Result In A Hand Attack, But For Now, Simon Is Giving Out Hugs And Kisses

One More Belly Rub May Result In A Hand Attack, But For Now, Simon Is Giving Out Hugs And Kisses

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Rism 1 year ago

I want that hug, nice kitty :3

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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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#13 My Dog's Face Every Time I Rub Her Belly

My Dog's Face Every Time I Rub Her Belly

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MelissaApple 1 year ago

LoBe this one ❤️

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#14 Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

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RoxanneHughes 1 year 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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#15 Douglas The Wombat Really Loves Belly Rubs

Douglas The Wombat Really Loves Belly Rubs

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CelineWhite 1 year ago

Wombats are super cute!

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#16 Otter Gets A Luxurious Belly Rub

Otter Gets A Luxurious Belly Rub

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KittineMoreno 1 year ago

So otterly cute! ;)

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#17 Who Doesn't Love A Good Belly Rub?

Who Doesn't Love A Good Belly Rub?

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SamanthaSierra 1 year ago

this may or may not become a new meme

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#18 My Cat Smiles Like Crazy When You Rub Her Belly

My Cat Smiles Like Crazy When You Rub Her Belly

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ZoeKass 1 year ago

That's her armpit though..

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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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#20 Pixie Enjoying A Belly Rub

Pixie Enjoying A Belly Rub

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BoBSikes 1 year ago

<3 pugs :D

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