Cats love to lick themselves. In fact, adult cats spend up to 50 percent of their waking hours grooming. It’s not necessarily because they want to look good in front of their cat friends. These are some of the reasons veterinarians speculate cats groom so often.
Cats only sweat through their paws, and even that is very little. Your kitty cools off during the summer by licking his fur. When the saliva evaporates it lowers the temperature of your cat’s skin.
Licking spreads natural oils in your cat’s fur evenly throughout the coat. The oils protect against dampness and keep your cat warm.
Your indoor cat probably doesn’t need to worry about this, but outdoor cats need to groom themselves for survival. Licking fur removes scents from a cat’s fur and skin, making it more difficult for potential predators to find a hiding cat.
Grooming keeps claws shorter and sharper for when your cat practices his pouncing.
Scientists believe enzymes in a cat’s saliva produces antibacterial properties. When a cat licks an open wound or a scratch, it might actually help prevent an infection.
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