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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

EB Feline Condition—Nature or Nurture?


I am going to raise a concerning condition, found in some cats, but not all. For myself, I believe I have had it for a very long time. It comes and goes, but nonetheless, it appears to endure. For myself, I believe it is a “Nature” condition—meaning inherited from either side of my family. My readers must ask themselves, should they find the courage to speak about EB, whether or not is it “Nature” versus “Nurture” for themselves.

There is a clear sign, for me, when this condition is coming on. Some believe that I am in pain, and begging the human to leave me alone.

You really wanna do this?

You really wanna do this?

And even with my bonded human, Mom L, I appear to have the same look before my EB kicks in—*hides face in paws*

I just do not now how to control this condition

I just do not know how to control this condition

And then EB kicks in, and I cannot control it—please, please tell me in comments if any of you cats, or even woofies for that matter, seem to have this same/similar EB Condition. It is embarrassing to speak about, but we must come out into the open and share how we manage this condition.

Feline Veterinary medicine has yet to determine if this is based on our “Nature” or on how we are “Nurtured”.  What say you all my pal???

Here I am, after the first suggestion above that my EB Condition is going to kick in—

oh yeah...engaging EB

oh yeah…engaging EB

And most recently with Mom L, I once again caved into this EB Condition—

Even as a senior cat I continue to have this affliction

Even as a senior cat I continue to have this affliction

I first mentioned this most concerning feline condition last year. I would so treasure learning from any and all my feline readers if you suffer from this ailment which no cat will ever speak of. Now I confess—Elevator Butt is the unspeakable condition. I do believe that cats are the most prone for this ailment, but perhaps my woofie pals will chime in with additional information.


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31 thoughts on “EB Feline Condition—Nature or Nurture?

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  2. Elevator Butt? MOUSES! Now truth be told, Peep #1 thinks one of us does do this but she’s not sure which one. But someone does it when getting the scritches on the lower back. Mason, perhaps? But I’m not sure it’s all that common an occurrence ’round here.

    But if you wanna talk about embarrassing butt habits, did you hear the big news? Andy’s going in for a lion cut next week and that all started on account of issues ’round his butt. But totally different butt issues, for sure.


    PS. I am SO gonna be blogging ’bout Andy’s butt, for sure. MOUSES!

  3. Oy, MomKatt pats the junction between my back and the bottom of my tail, too, saying “Get that butt up! Get that butt up!”

    Mine rises so easily it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.


  4. Considering how many cats here seem to have this, it seems that it must be a “nature” thing!

  5. OMC! TW taunts me by patting my back and singing “elevator butt, elevator butt.” It’s so embarrassing.

  6. We’re guilty! We all have EB! Should we start a club?

  7. I think we have this too…okay we do.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday…

    Noodle and crew

  8. meowmeowmans on said:

    Gracie and Zoe don’t seem to have EB, and they are littermates. Maybe it’s not genetic?

    • well, that is my question you see. Is it “nature” or “nurture”—are all cats born with this or do they learn it from their cat parents or even their human guardians? Speaking only for myself, Savvy, I have Stage 4 (out of 5) EB. I almost cannot resist EB when I am being stroked from head to tail. However, TKS, she doesn’t do this EVER!! Seriously, not EVER. So what does that say?

  9. I’ve got it too – so does my woof sisfur.

  10. The Swiss Cats on said:

    We have this too, Savvy ! As soon as we get a back scratch, here we go ! Purrs

  11. pilch92 on said:

    You are too funny, I was ready to Google EB in cats 🙂 Not many of my cats have this, but Sammy and Penny do.

  12. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    We do the butt thing too
    Lily & Edward

  13. S & S; therz EB round heer a plentee; even sum oh de dawgz that lived round trout towne parts yeerz ago had EB……. it haz sum thin ta do with grav a tee & fizz ickz we think ??? ♥♥♥

  14. MOL…I thought your were sick, Savvy, and we came to help you…MOL…we had no idea what EB was until we saw the last line. Yes, of course I have EB, I think we all have it…and that look I have too…I think this is very, very natural. I would say: Pawkisses for a Happy EB 😀 ❤ ❤

  15. We definitely have this condition too, Emma more than Buster.

    Emma and Buster

  16. I think Poppy also suffers from that condition, so at least you are not alone!

  17. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    I too deal with EB everyday. My HuMom is unsure if Hitch has this condition due to his preference to not be petted. I thing EB is completely normal and absolutly a natural condition. If you really want to see a strange condition you should see Hitch being affectionate. All the normal purring, kneading and head butting but all without actually touching the human. The only touching occurs at the very beginning of his show of affection….when he bite the human gently on the nose to signal it’s time. Now that is a weird condition. EB? Perfectly normal!

  18. hannahandlucy on said:

    Hannah is lucky as she doesn’t suffer with EB but sadly Lucy is often found gibbering as she does!

  19. Oh my goodness… I had no idea what you were talking about until I got to the end! Too funny! Two of three of my kitties are also afflicted with EB.

  20. Mary McNeil on said:

    Woofies also have TS (Tickle Spots) ! This can even cause them to fall down !

  21. Hang on I’ll just check on this with peeps…. Nope we don’t do EB in public or at the Palace. Maybe I’ll have a go when my issues are sorted. purrs

  22. Sometimes, I get EB when I’m playing with my toys. They bring it out in me.

    Love and licks,

  23. Yep…Savvy i get EB …i get extreme EB but hey i am a pluxurious lass with a love of a scratch near my tail
    ..Cleo does too…and Marbles…and Pickles…and even Forrest and Doc…guess we all need therapy MOL…paw pats Dinnermintz xxxx

  24. no worries I have that EB too… specially when they brush me :o)

  25. Oh I get attacks of EB whenever my Mom gives me a good back scratch! Nothing to be ashamed of……….I think we ALL have a case of EB!

    Hugs, Sammy

  26. Savvy, every single one of us here has EB, OK maybe not Dusty but he is so boney! It’s a good thing!!!!

  27. Savvy, I have this too! You mean… it’s not “normal?”

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