Cats are known to be accurate, even among those unfamiliar with cats personal hygiene. They spend about 3-4 hours a day cleaning themselves, mainly after eating and before and after sleeping.

Most of the head is cleaned indirectly, i.e. with the foreleg and forearm moistened, the rest of the body directly licked and practically combed with the papillae in the center of the cat’s tongue. Knots of hair or burdock are gnawed from the fur with incisors, it will strengthened, with the incisors the sheaths of the claws are also removed, mainly of the hind legs. Cats also clean their shoulders, neck, neck, and head by scratching with their hind legs.

Cats that are good friends also groom each other. They prefer to clean the other cat’s head region – cats cannot lick their chins and necks on their own – they contribute to the exchange of odors and a common nest odor and relieve tension. One of these Allogrooming it is the expression of a friendly relationship. Man can overcome it Stroke simulate. Most cats therefore like to be petted and stroked, preferably the wider head region, some even for hours.

Frequent and intensive grooming is not only used to take care of the coat and good relations, but also in summer Cooling down (by evaporative cooling). If he licks only a few times, usually the shoulder, it’s one Skip the act in a conflict situation. This chest cleaning is comparable to the embarrassed human gesture of scratching the head, and is probably also the origin of the term cat wash.

Cleaning behavior contributes to Welfare with a cat, lack or only superficial cleaning, such as excessive care, is a severe symptom of organic origin (parasites, allergies, etc.) or expression of stress.
Wear one Ruff it is therefore much more stressful for cats than for dogs and should be kept to a minimum. They perceive a neck collar less drastically.

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