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Q: Charlie the neighbors maine coon?

April 25, 2011 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1261 days ago

Ches21

The other day I was in my backyard with Skitters and I saw Charlie run up the alley he stopped at the begining of my yard and layed down and rolled over and then he continued to roll over all the way down the alley past my yard in one direction it was like if you rolled down a steep hill and could not stop Charlie did not stop either he just kept rolling like a log in water. Then when he finally stood up he layed back down and crawled with his chin scratching the ground. I don't know if he had a bad itch or what. What do you think?

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Jillian
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Apr 25, 2011

It's just another way for them to mark their territory, but w/a friendlier approach. They have glands on their cheeks and chin and around the base of their tails that although we can't smell, other cats can. Whereas urine marking is more offensive to cats {and I guess us, too}, using these glands marks objects and places on a calmer, more gentle scale. Says, "I was here, I'll be back, but I'm not looking for a fight".

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Kelly
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Apr 27, 2011

Cats roll for lots of reasons. Like Jillian said, they do it to leave their scent & tell everyone they were there. Sometimes it's just complete & utter happiness & relaxation. When cats feel totally safe & relaxed the often roll around. When a cat rolls onto its back for a person, it's showing complete trust. They're not any different than dogs who like to roll in the dirt or grass. When my cats could go into the backyard, a couple of them would always roll in the dirt in the flower beds or on the concrete patio. You could see it in their expressions...it just felt good & they were happy.

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daryl b.
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Apr 25, 2011

i think he is a silly boy. i bet that was cute once you saw he was ok

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