CALTITUDE (kal’ tih tood) n. The height to which a cat’s rear end can rise to meet the hand stroking it.
Cat lovers and owners know that the caltitude is never an exact measurement, because not every cat or kitten is the same size, but they all have a spot just above their tail which, when scratched, will make whomever happens to be scratching the “butt button” that cat’s bestest friend forever! If you pull away from that cat or kitten, the caltitude will kick in, and that feline will do its best to make sure its rear will be up there where it will be easier for the petter to reach. A cat can be in any position to bring on the caltitude. From upright to laying on its side or sitting on its haunches, if that cat wants you to keep hitting that one particular pleasure zone, it will do whatever it can to turn its body so you can reach it more easily. Cats have more than one spot on their body that makes them weak. The two that are surefire winners for calming down a angry kitty are near the tail on its back, and, if the cat will allow it, under its chin. Some cats may love this attention so much, that they will open themselves to a tummy attack, in which the person petting the cat can give it a bellyrub, because that it truly the softest part of the kitty.