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Sep 20, 2006

And you thought I was ridiculous

I love it when someone writes and and out-ridiculouses me. This is such a time. Alert reader Carrie G. has just educated me on what she calls "sea urchin belly" a delightful form of fur overflow when her kitteh Scout sits like this:




LOL, girl! L to the O to the L.

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I've noticed male (neutered) cats tend to get sea urchin belly easily. CUTE!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:00 PM

belly puff! Sooooo soft. And don't you love those neat little front paws?

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:06 PM

I call that the "mop". Heh.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:07 PM

I can see that. Fat kitteh belly.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:07 PM

that cat is just too cute--i'm going to have to gobble him up, he is that cute! with his cute little collar and tag and sea urchin belly! :o)
just love it.
can't stand it.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:10 PM

scout's trying to suck it in....>*< oofah!

chet's momma
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:12 PM

My Maude has that; we call it "udders" around here. And as she's a black cat her little pink nipples show up really well on them. It's especially funny when she's running towards you and you can see them flopping around side to side.

(Poor Maude. She's being humiliated in a public forum with no way to defend herself.)

Oh and I love the MEOW picture frame in the bg.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:12 PM


Egads, what is this, The TriSnorgathlon?

[Damn this slow internet, or I'd have been first! ;)]

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, it's cute on a cat. On me, not so much.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:15 PM

bless, my friend's cat mitsie has that - tis completely cutafuzzle

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:17 PM

aka ESO - "Enhanced Snorgling Opportunity"

martha in mobile
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:17 PM

We call that the change purse. It's where they keep their dubloons.

Or the dust ruffle, though the dust ruffle is more the effect of long fur on the tummy on an otherwise shortish furred cat.

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 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:17 PM

Proof that the Catkins diet does not work.

Not that it was ever necessary. Never mock the floppy floofiness!

And Scout is an EXCELLENT name. If Carrie owns another kitteh, please make it be called Catticus!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:21 PM

At our house it's called "penguin belly," or with a tip of the hat to the Japanese: "pengu beri." Because doesn't it look like that little ruff of fur n fat that a daddy penguin cuddles his egg in?

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:23 PM

I think all altered animals get the paunch easily.

Thalia, your cat sounds just like mine! Her "tiny little boobies"--vet's term, not mine--never went away after she had her litter. (The litter that came with her to the shelter. She was promptly spayed once I got her.)

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:24 PM

"Dust Ruffle" LOL! Perfect. I've got one of those at home.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:24 PM

'Round heah we call that the "cat flap," and both my boys have it BIG TIME.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Omg, "penguin belly", "dust ruffle" and "change purse". Those are awesome!

Maude's never had kittens, just pink nipples on a black belly. You can see all 8 of 'em laid out in two neat rows when she flops over on her back in that happy sleeping cat pose.

Totally redonkulous, to use a glossary word. :)

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:30 PM

My kitty, Punkin, just passed away yesterday, 9-19-06, at the age of 15-1/2 years. This kittys coloration and markings remind me of her. She was what is called a sealpoint tabby and she had blue eyes. Thank you for posting your picture - I shall miss her!

Veronika M. Boggess
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:30 PM

BWAHAHAHAH... sea urchin belly. Oh yes, we got alot of those at my house.
One of our foster vets once called it the "indoor cat belly."

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM

AWW, I fostered a 14-yr old kitty girl whose mom died and she had that! I called it jelly belly, no kittens, just age. Thalia, yes, whenever she ran toward me her belly flopped side to side. I loved her even more for it... Jelly girl. :-)

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM


Scout's mom here. Thanks for all the *kind* comments.

Scout's Sea Urchin Belly is also known as the Trouble Bubble. I think some day he will knock himself over when he runs down the hall because of the swaying of the belly!!

My other cat is Col. Mustard. (But I like Catticus!).

Scout's Mom
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Whatever you call them, they look very uncute after being shaved for belly surgery, especially on a white-bellied cat. "What's that horrible pink thing lying on his feet?" "That's his stomach." (Christopher, I'm sorry, but it didn't look good. Poor guy was a starving stray when we took him in, but he made up for it real fast-- like Scarlett O'Hara: "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!")

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:43 PM

LOL, sea urchin belly. now THAT is funny!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:44 PM

cat hang

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:45 PM

Aw, my kitten Chula acquired one of those right after we had her spayed. She's still a cutie patootie though--click on my name for pre-spayed pics. She's the calico, and the black kitty is the late, lamented Buster.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:45 PM

Thalia, maybe not so much like my cat. My cat only shows the two that are on her cat flap. I have tons of pictures of her laying on her side, a black blob with bright pink spots toward the nether end. Between that and the belly wobble, she's getting kind of sensitive about her weight.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:46 PM

Oh my goodness, the look on his face, the paws, the flabby-flab...he's full of the ridonkulousness!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Veronika - Condolences on the loss of your kitty companion. My boy is 12 and I'm hoping to have him healthey and around for as long as is his time to be with me.

As for me and Elvis, I took him to the vet not too long ago for teeth extraction as he had bad gingivitis. I made the joke, "Yeah, we're both getting older, gaining weight in our pooch bellies and have bad teeth."

The vet and tech just kind of looked at each other and didn't know what to say. I, however, cracked myself up. I had just undergone two root canals so I thought it was particularly timely.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:03 PM

Oh, Veronika, so sorry about your Punkin-poos. Furry luvs to you.

I'm so glad that my Simone isn't the only one with boobies. She overgrooms the last two, so they're pink and round with little nibblies and everything. Just two of them. Positively pornographic.


 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:06 PM

My spayed and neutered kitties all drape like that, especially as they get older. Ages ago, my 1st special cat, a creamy, one-eyed male named Fini, had the biggest ever. It would easily cover his back feet when he sat up. A vet back in Sebastopol called it 'Jungle Pouch' and I think that's appropriate for pint-lions, or trough-tigers or whadev..

Sugarpuss O'Shea
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:07 PM

Mr. Kitty disapproves of your judgement of his urchin tummy.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Veronika, my sympathies on the loss of your lovely girl.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Is it me or does he look annoyed? Like why isn't HIS picture in a fun frame like the one above his head?

Maybe he's holding out for a complete shrine to his redunkness.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Shelly Tambo: "I think all altered animals get the paunch easily."

Er, um, yes, that's my excuse. I must be altered.

(Bemoans the fact that blobby bellies are cute on cats and dogs, but not so cute on humans.)

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:18 PM

So that's what its called! All three of my cats have that same belly. And here I just thought they were fat...

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:19 PM

This is known around here as "apartment flap"!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:20 PM

sea urchin belly is raDical!

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:21 PM

Furry, kitty udder.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:23 PM

Now, my cousin taught me to call urchin belly (which is completely awesome, btw) a FUPA.

That of course stands for Fat
er, um, never mind.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:26 PM

My kitty has one of these. We call it a petticoat or pantaloons.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:30 PM

I LIKE your theory about why he "looks annoyed" but that
his picture in the frame!!!
He's on the left, and his buddy, Colonel Mustard is on the right!
Yay for Scout & his flubby trouble bubble and Yay for Carrie !!!

you guys r silly
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:31 PM

We called it Reverse Camel Hump... somebody needs a Tummy Tuck! Our Cleo had one, but she did NOT enjoy having it snorgled.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:33 PM

She's not fat, she's just big-furred.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:37 PM

Ahh! Snoodle da belly!!!

My sister's cats both have the floppy belly thing going on. And her youngest Kira(a.k.a. Kira-boo, or Boo-Boo) is a tuxedo kitty with a pink belly. So My sis calls her, "Pink belly Boo!" {giggle}

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:37 PM

Hees face loooks verrry suspicious.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:48 PM

What a lovely fellow. He can come sit on my desk anytime, even with belly floppage.

Kim Heggen
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 01:52 PM

He's not annoyed. He is just scheming -- if he's not getting himself in trouble, he's not being Scout!

Scout's Mom
 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 02:03 PM

Heeheehee! Scout looks and sounds like my Evil Max, who is a girl but totally rocks her sea urchin belleh! And here I was feeling guilty because obviously something was wrong - the other two kittehs don't have it, even though they're all indoors and speutered.

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 02:11 PM

cripes I thought that was his tail at first - like the meerkat pic - I thought we were doing a tail theme. Sheesh.
And yeah I agree with whoever it was that said cute on a cat, not so much on me! ;)

 |  Sep 20, 2006 at 02:15 PM

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