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Why are cats always licking themselves?

Why are cats always licking themselves?

It is said that if you mess up a cat's hair, it will spend the rest of its day grooming itself. Well, it is because cats want their fur to be cleaned and will normally spend 30-50% of their awake time grooming themselves. Ever wondered why cats are so clean? Or why they lick themselves so often? Well, this blog will explain everything!

Cleaning

Cats learn their grooming behavior from their mothers when they are just 2 weeks old. Mother cats clean their little ones. But how can licking function as cleaning? Well, by licking, cats can remove loose hair, dirt, and flea. For hard-to-reach areas of the body, cats will first lick their paws or forelegs and then rub their face and chin. Grooming can stimulate the production of sebum, produced by glands at the end of each hair. It can further lubricate and protect the fur, so grooming is good to maintain healthy skin and fur.

Cooling down

Cats don't just lick their fur to clean it but can also help them cool down during hot weather. You'd be surprised to know that cats do not sweat like humans. Besides, while dogs can pant to cool themselves, cats aren't that lucky! In short, cats can put saliva on the fur and rely on its evaporation to regulate body temperature and cool themselves down. If a cat is panting with its mouth open, it may be too hot for it to handle. In such a case, take it to a vet right away!

Mutual grooming

Grooming can be done out of social purpose. Mutual grooming is easily seen among cats. It can help cats with those hard-to-reach areas and also establish friendly relationships. With exchanging saliva, mutual grooming means showing affection and mutual trust. In addition, licking can leave a scent on other cat's body which is pretty important for recognizing each other, especially in the wild. If your cat grooms your hair or licks your hand/arm, it is showing its affection to you and trying to clean you.

Displacement behavior

Just how humans bite fingernails, a cat will show its grooming behavior when it is stressed out. It helps it to cope with stress or fear, and it's also known as one of the most common forms of displacement behaviors in cats.

 

Additionally, it is not necessary to regularly bathe your cat since most of them are afraid of it. In fact, through self and mutual grooming behaviors, they can clean themselves. When your cat is licking you or grooming you, please pat it gently and say "thank you."

Socializing Your Puppy

Socializing Your Puppy

Unlike cats, most dogs are social and like to stay with other dogs and people. Thus socialization is important to dogs. Socializing your dog means teaching it to be polite and well-behaved around other animals and humans. Learning social skills when your dog is just a puppy is crucial for it to deal with animals and people it is not familiar with. Furthermore, this helps them look clear when it comes to uncertain things in the future.

Why is it so important?

Socialization can help dogs build confidence and make them feel comfortable in a new environment. If they do not learn socialization as puppies, they may have a tough time dealing with other dogs and people due to fear or aggression problems. In fact, they are more likely to use aggression to deal with new things in moments of fear.

If not socialized properly, unfamiliar animals or people may contribute to a stressful experience for puppies, which can further impact their behavior negatively. Moreover, puppies learn how to socialize with different dogs so that they know how to get along with them and make friends.

When to start socializing?

Ideally, dogs should receive social training when they are between 3 and 20 weeks old. It is a great period of learning in a dog's life. During this time, puppies are not fearful when they are exposed to a variety of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations, as well as new objects. Dogs are born as explorers, and they are curious about things they haven't encountered before.

There is a popular debate about whether you should get your puppy vaccinated before exposing it to other animals. Here, I would recommend getting your pet vaccinated before socializing them to prevent any type of illness.

If, for some reason, your dog didn't learn socialization as a puppy, it's never too late to socialize it with others. Especially when your dog doesn't get along with other dogs or isn't friendly towards visitors. A well-behaved dog will be much confident and happy while hanging out with other dogs or people.

How to socialize dogs with others?

Gradually introducing your puppy to other people, animals, and new things is the key to socialization. Remember giving it treats when it does a good job!

Frequent walks are also a great way to introduce your puppy to other people and dogs. Make sure they also know how to interact with your puppy in a positive way and never force it if it doesn't want someone to get close to it. Let other people treat your puppy when it behaves nicely. Make sure to stay by your puppy's side during this period and encourage it to approach other people.

Take your puppy to the dog park. If your puppy behaves well around other people and dogs, you could take it to the dog park. This will encourage your puppy to make new friends.

Invite friends and their dogs to your home. It's not enough to expose your puppy to the dogs outside your home. While your puppy may behave well outside, it can get irritated or angry when any other dog visits your place. Try inviting other dogs to your home who are familiar with your puppy. Encourage them to play with one another and give them treats.

Socialize your puppy and give them the confidence they require to live a happy life!

Reasons Why Cats Dislike Water

Reasons Why Cats Dislike Water

It’s widely believed that cats and water don’t do well together. If you try to put a cat into a bathtub full of water, it will fiercely move its paws and even try to scratch you. Well, it shows how determined the cat is when it comes to avoiding water. You’ll already be familiar with this if you own cats. If not, here are all the answers. Let’s find out why cats dislike water and if all of them behave the same way!

Cats spend 30-50% of their awake time grooming themselves. However, they don’t like to wet their fur. Even though the top layer of their fur is water-resistant, cats still get uncomfortable. The most important reason is that water weighs them down. It further makes their body heavy which hinders them from moving freely and quickly. Besides, sometimes they aren’t able to get out of situations that are deadly in the speed-dominant wild world.

The second reason lies in evolution. Cats were initially domesticated in the middle east and have lived in harsh desert climates without a water body in the surrounding. So the instinct of avoiding water comes off naturally. However, some species live in an environment that comprises water. In fact, species like Bengal and Maine Coon are able to swim as well.

The third reason could be the odor in the water. Cats are well known to have an excellent sense of smell. They can even smell the chemicals in the water; no wonder why they refuse to get into it!

If that’s the case, you may wonder why cats dip their paws in the water or why do they play with the water coming out from the faucet? Well, it’s fine if their paws get wet since they can easily clean their paws by licking them. As for the latter, don’t forget that cats are inborn hunters. Even domestic cats show predatory behaviors. They perceive moving objects as living things and try to catch them or just play with them.

So, if you're worried about your cat’s water intake, you can consider getting a water fountain.