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Do cats have belly buttons?

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Cats do have a belly button just like any other animal that is born with an umbilical cord. The belly button is where the umbilical cord connects an animal to its mother.

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The belly button of a cat can be hard to find. As a kitten grows, its belly button decreases in size and becomes nearly impossible to see. When kittens are born, owners are sometimes tempted to remove the umbilical cord; however, for the cat's safety, this is not recommended.

When a female cat has been spayed, the resulting scar can be confused for the belly button. This has prompted many vets to use tattoo ink to mark the incision site.

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