Does Your Kitty Have Elevator Butt?

Caymus and Elevator Butt
Caymus’ Elevator Butt

Does Your Kitty Have Elevator Butt?

My parents’ Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy, love it when their hind end is scratched – and raise their bottoms up as you pet them, so that you will focus the concentration of the pets on their hind end.  Charlie has no interest, and let’s be honest, he’d rather you didn’t.  I recently posted this photo of Caymus (the one in this post) on Facebook, and SnorkinOrkin Oda said she called it “Elevator Butt” and when Cathy Rowell said that they call it “Elevator Butt” in their house too – I thought it would be a great blog post!

So, I don’t know if it is just regular cat behavior or just Ragdoll cat behavior?  They don’t get mad when they are done being scratched – I have had cats that attempt to bite me if I do it for longer than they want, but it seems with Caymus and Murphy, that all day wouldn’t be long enough to scratch there!

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18 thoughts on “Does Your Kitty Have Elevator Butt?

  1. Sylvia Mohr Bartlett says:

    My hubby says he thought all cats had it (elevator butt)…certainly our only ‘current cat’ (my Birman Blue point, Zaureen, died on November 18th) Jennifer aka Jenny does. She is one who if she has had enough she will turn and bite you. Jenny is (I guess) a tabby cat, if ‘tabby cats’ are colored like Professor McGonagal from Harry Potter when she is in Cat form. Jennifer is Grey and black striped…also kind of like most depictions of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. I read one time that elevator butt has to do with mating instincts…any one else here that? Oh, I say our ‘current cat’ because we are Ragdoll kitten parents-in-waiting…our baby kitty, Mollie was born on Halloween, 2016, so we are waiting for the day the breeder tells us it is time to bring her home.

    • Jenny says:

      So sorry for your loss. Yes, grey and black striped is a tabby – usually called a “grey tabby” as opposed to an “orange tabby”. congrats on mollie – has the breeder talked to you about how to go about introducing Jenny and Mollie?

  2. Mitsys Mom says:

    Hahahahaha “Elevator Butt”! Love it! Not just in Ragdolls, is my experience. I’ve had cats for all of my 45 years on this planet. Some of my cats did this and some didn’t.

  3. Beth says:

    In my extensive feline experience, I’ve found that some cats love back scratching more than others, but I’ve never seen one who didn’t enjoy it. Some even like gentle tail tugs to go along with the back scratching 🙂 “Elevator Butt” is a super description, Jenny! Happy New Year! 🙂

  4. countrylaner says:

    Definitely not just Ragdoll behavior. My calico female DSH, Mya just loves it! She will walk under your hand. When it reaches the middle of her back up goes the butt.

  5. Gloria Galun Weissman says:

    All of my cats, Ragdolls included, love this. My orange boy, Pumpkin, will stand absolutely still for minutes when we do this.

    • Josette Walsh says:

      Actually, Koko, my ragdoll, could live with or without it. Calvin, however (not a ragdoll), loves it, and will often stand in front of you with his behind facing you. He also adores getting his tummy rubbed, whereas Koko has to be in the mood for it.

  6. ABarletta says:

    All my kitties have had “elevator butt”. Even Gracie, skinny, 16+ years, loves her little tushy to be scratched. For a while. Then beware…. I think I heard from a vet somewhere that it is sort of an aphrodesiac/pheronome type of thing. Don’t quote me on that.

  7. plmcat says:

    yep..all of mine do it and i don’t think i’ve ever had a cat that didn’t. from what i understand it means like “yeaaaaah, that’s the spot”. and i heard not all cats do it but i’m pretty sure i’ve never met one. i think about if someone rubbed the base of my spine… hmmm i think i’d lift my butt too… hahaha!

  8. Teresa Reid says:

    All of my kitties, especially the Maine Coon, Mari, loves her back rubbed and responds with going higher and higher until she is about on her tip toes!!! It is really funny. She purrs and purrs. Now, in contrast, Baby Grace, our Ragdoll, just flopps over on her side and stretches out full length and wants her full undersides rubbed. She is a true “floppy cat” in every sense of the word. Thanks, Jenny, for such a funny topic.

  9. Ling says:

    Never would have described that behavior as “elevator butt” lol. Definitely a good term for it though! My past cat used to do that and sometimes it felt like I got glared at for stopping! I probably did.

  10. Betty says:

    All 3 have elevator butt. To be honest, I thought it was something ALL cats did. It is 1 of only 2 things that will take Andy’s mind off showing me where the dry food is hidden when we are in the kitchen! These three will not nip when I withdraw but I have experienced cats who have.
    I love the roll-over routine! I would love to Andy do this one. 🙂 One of my tabbies ends up leaning into my hand so that his whole backside is in my hand and he is a purr puddle. But he is much smaller than a raggie and old, so he fits perfectly. I don’t think I could support Andy’s butt!

  11. Deanne G says:

    Same here. My 4 female cats all do this as well as soon as I start petting. At first I thought it was their way of telling me to not scratch them but maybe it is telling me they enjoy it? They will leave or I will quit after a few scratches. They have never tried to bite me.

  12. Ingrid King says:

    I don’t think it’s unique to Ragdolls, in fact, I think it’s pretty common in cats. Both of my girls have “elevator butt,” and Ruby has perfected it into a “scratch my elevator butt and I’ll roll over for you” routine!

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