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Cats and Belly-Buttons
I hate it when you're lying in bed (or lying anywhere, or even sitting, if you're sitting kind of slouched, but I digress) and a cat steps in your belly-button. Well, I actually mean when a cat steps on MY belly-button. I don't especially care a whole lot about your belly-button.

Unless you're as neurotic about your belly-button as I am about mine. I hate having my belly-button touched. I even get uncomfortable when somebody gets too near the perimeter of my belly-button, but I especially can't stand it when somebody pokes it! Or, you know, a cat accidentally steps on it.

It's a bit surprising really, because my belly is expansive enough that I'd think the odds of a paw landing directly in the button-area are low. But for some reason, I've gotten pawed several times recently. Of course cats have four paws, which increases their odds. But still.

I wish they'd learn to be more careful. I'm surprised my instinctive reaction of flinching and shoving them off me hasn't clued them in -- but then, cats aren't really all that clever. No matter what the cat-books say.

Anyway. Pavlov's theories be darned, my cats haven't learned yet that my belly-button is NOT for touching. Admiring only, from a distance. Even I don't like to touch it! It's very sensitive, though I'm not sure why... I'm not even sure if it's actually painful, or just strongly uncomfortable. I just know that I really really don't like it. That's all I'm sure of.

This is one of the reasons I suspect I'll never be able to get my belly-button pierced. I quite like the look, but I've watched piercings occur: the piercer has to get way inside there to do it! Not to mention the necessary cleanings, both before and after. It's a shame, because it might be fun to have a cute little pierced belly-button... but I might require actual sedation for it to occur.

Does anybody else have this problem? People mostly make fun of me for it, but I can't be the only one who totally freaks out when her belly-button is touched...can I?

Also, how geeky is it that I saved the word belly-button into my clipboard, so I wouldn't have to constantly retype it? At least I didn't write a macro or something, I guess.

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karinny From: karinny Date: November 10th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I am the exact same way about my belly button. I thought I was the only one. I even start to get sick to my stomach if someone touches it for too long. and yes, I get mocked for it, too.

just popping over from HNT :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 11th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm SO glad to hear that! It's hard being the only freak, so thanks for telling me.

Pull up a chair! You're welcome anytime. (:

That body painting was waaaay cool.
devnul From: devnul Date: November 10th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't have any specific issue with my belly-button [copy], but as someone extremely ticklish I get jumpy just from touching my stomach, and to actually get close to my [paste] belly-button could result in inadvertant violence from tickle-lurching.

You do *not* have an expansive tummy.

I find the bigger problem is that my cats step on my *bladder*!
shatteredglobe From: shatteredglobe Date: November 10th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I've only noticed any sensitivity with my belly button during my pregnancy, and that's only since it's gone from an innie to an outie... I don't like the waistband of my pants to touch it *at all*, nor do I like it when the baby hits it in one of her acrobatics sessions, especially if she's stretching, 'cause that usually causes her to keep pressure on it for a few minutes. Pretty much anything else happening to my belly button is fine. :)
min8ive From: min8ive Date: November 10th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I have both problems. I don't like when the baby kicks my belly button, and I don't like my belly button touched when I'm not pregnant. I think I have a nerve close to the surface there or something.
ellison From: ellison Date: November 10th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I am the opposite with my belly button. I like my stomach rubbed. I'm part cat or something. Hmm, if that is true, I'll be careful never to tread on other peoples' belly buttons. ;)

As for the piercing, I heard they're prone to infection in that area, and it tends to always leave a scar there. So that's why I'm not into belly button piercings for myself.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 10th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
So you don't know why you don't like your belly button being touched, other than the alien space babies factor?

People should avoid piercing the belly button its the area on your body where a piercing is most likely to develop an infection.
zanthrin From: zanthrin Date: November 10th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thought I'd let you know that Kim completely empathizes with you -- she just about shuddered while reading the post!

I, on the other hand, have always enjoyed cats stepping all over me, and haven't much cared where. Although one night back in college, I didn't realize one of the cats was in my bedroom. I shifted my hand from one side of my body to the other, under the covers, and -- *pounce*!! -- I was catified. That was definitely a time I was glad it was just my stomach...
From: bloggingchick Date: November 10th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, too have a sensitive bellybutton, but somehow the cat doesn't bother it too much when she's on my stomach. I also hate when the cat walks on my bladder. That hurts & I have to throw her off & run for the bathroom. But I also hate when I'm laying on my back on the couch & the cat always insists on standing/walking all over my breasts. She's a bit heavy so that really hurts.

Yeah, I think those people are real drunk or something when they get their bellybuttons pierced. I think people are more weird for getting things even lower pierced.
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