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There’s A Reason Your Cat Shakes Its Butt, And It Has Nothing To Do With Being Funny

The reason cats shake their butts before pouncing harkens back to their days in the wild (but it still looks hilarious).

My cat does a lot of weird things that I don’t understand. However, there is one strange trait that I can explain, and that’s the way he shakes his butt before pouncing.

If you have cats, you’ve probably noticed that they like to give their rumps a good shake before pouncing to attack. I used to chalk it up to cats just being cute or funny, but as it turns out, the butt-shake is an integral part of their innate hunting instincts.

From the time they are small kittens, cats shake their rears before pouncing. Why? It’s all about balance, contrary to my belief that it was all for the sake of cute cat videos.


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When a house cat or larger feline, like a tiger or lion, is gearing up for a pounce, they shake their butt in order to test their balance. As they hunker down and shake, their body elongates and weight is transferred to their back paws.


This allows them to jump farther and sprint faster. Even though the only things that most house cats are hunting are strings or laser lights, they’ve retained this instinct.


In the words of Outkast, “Shake it like a Polaroid picture!”


The next time you see your cat shake its rump, you’ll know that your feline is on the hunt! Just make sure you’re not in the line of fire. These kitties are serious.


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Be sure to share this information with all the cat lovers you know. We might never understand why they meow at night or run around the house at lightening speed for no reason, but when it comes to shaking that ass, we know exactly what they’re doing!