Is it ok to let a cat lick you

I have a healthy kitten

9 weeks old, long-haired, seems to have good cleaning habits (I found her at 8 weeks).

She likes to jump up on my lap and clean herself, which is fine. Sometimes when she’s cleaning herself she’ll clean my hand or arm too (if my hand or arm are near where she’s cleaning herself sometimes she’ll just switch over to me for a while), which is also not causing any harm. Sometimes I’ll pet her while she’s cleaning herself if she’s on my lap; because I want to reinforce good cleaning behavior (I don’t want her to end up being Stinky McCrustybutt some day).

I have a few questions related to the risk of interfering with her normal cleaning habits:

How does a cat know when to stop cleaning herself? Do they stop when they are clean? Or when they have covered a certain amount of their body? Or do they just clean as much as they can in a certain amount of time?

When does a cat’s cleaning behavior fully “set in”? That is, at 8-10 weeks, for example, can her cleaning behavior still change or is it pretty much done (and therefore nothing I do can make it better or worse)?

I read somewhere that sometimes cats interpret humans petting them as humans cleaning them. Is it bad to pet my cat while she is cleaning herself — will she think I am cleaning her and so not clean herself completely because she assumes I’m doing some of the work? If she interprets it as praise is this also bad because she might end up never cleaning herself unless I am also petting her?

Is it bad to let her lick me while she is cleaning herself? Will this somehow use up her. “cleaning points” so that she spends time cleaning my hand when she should be cleaning herself instead? If I shouldn’t let her do this, how can I stop her without discouraging her from being affectionate to humans in general?

Actually, 4b. She only really cleans the parts of me that happen to be near her, and only when she’s cleaning herself. Does she actually know she’s licking my hand (and not licking herself) or is she just sort of in robot-self-cleaning mode licking everything in range?

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Veterinarian and Owner of Animal Medical Center of Chicago

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

In 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that 56 percent of all United States households own a pet. There are over 69 million dogs and 36 million cats in American households. Our pets are family members; we love, play, share our food, and celebrate holidays with them. In fact, a recent survey by a mattress company discovered that 71 percent of pet owners sleep with their pet. Of those pet owners who share their bed with their furry family member, 52 percent let their pet lie at their feet. Twenty-three percent snuggle with them, 11 percent share a pillow and 14 percent let them sleep underneath their covers. I admit my dog and two cats sleep on our bed.

Am I concerned that I may catch a disease from my pet? Yes, as a practicing veterinarian I am acutely aware of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, called zoonotic diseases.

Giardia, a protozoa found in contaminated soil and water, is a zoonotic disease that causes diarrhea in pets and humans. I see this disease at least twice daily in my Chicago practice. A recent study found Giardia in the feces of 8 percent dogs and 4 percent cats in United States. Another zoonotic disease, called Leptospirosis, is transmitted by drinking water contaminated by urine of infected wildlife-like rats, mice, raccoons, opossums and skunks. It causes life-threatening kidney and liver disease. It is a rising cause of illness in my practice.

My goal today is not to frighten you on the hazards of pet ownership and your enjoyment of wildlife, but to educate you on how to safely live with them in your home and from afar.

Reduce you and your pet’s risk of acquiring a zoonotic disease by:

*At least TWICE yearly have your pet’s stool sample evaluated for parasites by your veterinarian. Most worms are not visable to the naked eye and are discovered only with the aid of a microscope.

*Give your dog a monthly heartworm preventative that contains a prophylactic dewormer for gastrointestinal parasites, like hookworms and roundworms.

*Discourage your pet from licking your face. Pets can harbor many bacterial organisms in their mouth that may NOT be problematic to them but can be to elderly or immunocompromised people. Capnocytophaga canimorsus and Pasteurella multocida are two bacterial infections that can cause severe disease in these two high-risk groups. In addition, pets frequently lick their anus and can possibly transmit fecal pathogens to you when they lick your mouth.

*Discourage cats from roaming and hunting outdoors for these cats are more likely to shed Salmonella and Toxoplasmosis in their feces.

*Wash any bite or scratch wound immediately with soapy water. Contact your doctor if the wound is deep or within days notice redness, purulent discharge or swelling at site.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 40 percent of all cats carry Bartonella hensale at some time in their life. This bacterium is found in the saliva of infected cats and causes Cat Scratch Fever in people. It is transmitted to people by cat bites or scratches. This bacterium causes fever, swelling and enlarged lymph nodes in people and requires immediate medical attention by your physician. To reduce the spread of this disease, please keep cat’s nails trimmed short

*Practicing safe food preparation hygiene: wash hands before handling food, wash vegetables and fruit well before eating, and do not use the same utensils when handling raw meat and vegetables.

According to the CDC, one out of every 6 persons in United States will suffer a food borne illness every year.

*Cooking food to safe internal temperatures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the internal temperature of steak and fish to be 145 degrees and held for 15 seconds to kill harmful bacteria. The safe internal temperature of pork, beef, eggs, chicken and casserole dishes is 160 to165 degrees and held for 15 seconds.

*Not feeding your pet raw meat – which may be contaminated with Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Clostridium. In a recent study, 14 percent of feces from pets fed raw meat contain salmonella.

*Picking up your pet’s waste and disposing properly. Please do not flush feces down the toilet because it can lead to contamination of our water system.

*Spraying elimination sites with dilute bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water mixed in a spray bottle) when your pet has diarrhea. This practice will kill and prevent spread of infectious agents to other living beings.

*Vaccinating your pet against zoonotic diseases like Rabies and Leptospirosis.

*Not letting your pet drink out of potentially contaminated water sources: like rainwater puddles, ponds, rivers fountains, and communal water dishes outside storefronts.

*Not touching or accessorizing your life with wildlife.
Although fascinating to watch in the wild, raccoons should not be pets. Raccoons may carry the following zoonotic diseases: rabies, leptospirosis and raccoon roundworms (Baylisascaris).

*Eliminating or reducing the population of rodents in your neighborhood by keeping garbage in closed containers. I am not proud of the fact that Chicago is frequently listed among the top 10 cities in United States with the greatest rat population.

*Washing your hands after touching your pet.

*Wiping your pet’s feet after walking outside and its anal area after eliminating with hypoallergenic diaper wipes.

*Please contact your veterinarian to discuss your concerns for zoonotic diseases especially if young children or an immune compromised adult is living in your home.

*If your pet is sick, seek veterinary care.

To the 67 million households that own at least one pet, enjoy safely living with your pet by following these recommendations. To those who do not yet have a pet, I strongly urge you to consider fostering a homeless pet to see if you might enjoy their amazing companionship!

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Cat scratch fever can be a very serious condition, causing scarring and even blindness. In this post we’ll discuss how your cat can carry the disease (and may not show symptoms), how you can catch it, symptoms of cat scratch disease, complications, treatment and why you don’t want to let kitty lick you.

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Since my cats didn’t come with an owner’s manual, I didn’t realize that cat scratch fever was anything other than a 70’s song – until I found out that my sister-in-law had a case of it that was so bad it required surgery.

At first I thought she had gotten scratched by the cat. (After all, it’s called cat “scratch” fever, right?) It turns out that there was no scratch involved – all she did was let the cat lick her face and neck.

She ended up with a bad infection in her neck that led to complications and an operation with a noticeable scar. (She is now fine.)

Complications from Exposure

In another recent case, Janese Walters from Toledo, Ohio went blind in her left eye from being licked by her cat. CBS News quotes:

“I woke up one day and I couldn’t see out of my left eye,” said Walters. “I looked in the mirror and I thought I had pink eye or something.”

After a month of inconclusive tests, doctors traced back the source of the infection to Walters’ cat and a common bacteria known as Bartonella henselae, which causes a condition called “cat scratch” disease.

We’ve always had barn cats and indoor/outdoor cats who are allowed and encouraged to hunt, plus we all know that kitties lick their backsides, so I’ve never been big on letting kitties lick me.

Recently we added a new cat to our home who loves to lick, so I thought I’d do a little more research on exactly what the risk is.

My conclusion – it’s probably best not to let kitty lick you, but if you do get licked, wash the area thoroughly. Be extra careful around your eyes, and scratches, bites, or other open wounds.

How could my cat get cat scratch fever?

Cat scratch fever (also known as catscratch fever or cat-scratch disease) is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae.

About 40% of cats carry B. henselae at some time in their lives, although most cats with this infection show NO signs of illness. Kittens younger than 1 year are more likely to have B. henselae infection and to spread the germ to people. Kittens are also more likely to scratch and bite while they play and learn how to attack prey.

Cats can get infected with B. henselae from flea bites and flea dirt (droppings) getting into their wounds. By scratching and biting at the fleas, cats pick up the infected flea dirt under their nails and between their teeth. Cats can also become infected by fighting with other cats that are infected.

Generally speaking, if your cat goes outside, it will have a higher chance of carrying the disease. (There are some natural flea and tick prevention options on the market.)

That said, just because it’s an indoor cat doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe. It’s possible that the disease may be contracted by humans directly from flea bites, but the CDC says this has not yet been proven.

How do I catch cat scratch fever?

The bacteria is transferred through saliva, which enters the body through open wounds – preexisting or caused by cat bites or scratches.

Cat scratch fever can also be transmitted if the saliva touches the whites of your eyes. For instance, if kitty is licking your face or hand and you rub or touch your eye. An open pimple would also be another possible entry point. Bacteria are tiny and opportunistic.

If you’ve already been bitten or scratched, or have been licked near a wound or scab, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Cats generally don’t get sick from the bacteria, so it’s tough to tell if your cat is a carrier.

What are the symptoms of cat scratch fever?

Common symptoms of cat scratch fever include:

  • a bump or blister at the bite or scratch site
  • swollen lymph nodes near the bite or scratch site
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • a low-grade fever

Less common symptoms of cat scratch fever include:

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • sore throat

In rare cases, there can also be complications such as encephalopathy (may cause brain damage or death), neuroretinitis (inflammation of the optic nerve causing blurred vision), osteomyelitis (bacterial infection in the bones, possibly leading to amputation) and Parinaud’s Syndrome (looks like pinkeye, may require surgery to remove infection).

Cat Scratch Fever Treatment

Most of the time, the infection will heal on its own. If an infection is severe, antibiotics or treatments of secondary conditions may be needed.

Just pay attention to any broken skin contact with kitty, and watch out for licking, bites and scratches. Please see a trained medical professional if symptoms are severe or persistent.

How to Keep Your Cat from Licking

Most of the time, kitty can be be distracted. Redirect your cat to another activity or relocate hands or face away from kitty’s mouth. Eventually kitty will likely stick to mostly grooming him or herself.

If you need additional tips, try the book, “Cat Training is Easy“, or stream some episodes of “My Cat from Hell” to gain some insight on managing difficult cats.

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After I’ve put lotion on following a shower, my cat likes to lick my arms, even several hours later. It does seem to matter which brand of lotion I use, though I haven’t tried many.

What is in the lotion that attracts the cat’s tongue?

Are the ingredients of the lotion safe for the cat?

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Among the things harmful to cats, the American Humane Association states the following:

Cats tend to be attracted to unusual flavors, so keep them away from calamine lotion, diaper rash ointments, sunblock and analgesic ointments. These products contain an acid related to those in aspirin and will prove toxic if ingested.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also says that:

We would not expect to see problems as a result of your cats coming into contact with your hands after you’ve applied non-medicated lotion. Should they happen to ingest a small amount of this lotion, it could potentially have a bit of a laxative effect, and may cause stomach upset. However, we would not anticipate systemic or life-threatening problems.

So in general, if it is a non-medicated lotion, you should be safe. It’s not something the cat should likely get a lot of, but if they are just licking your skin after you have applied it and it has soaked into your skin, the cat should be okay.

However, if the cat suddenly appears to be ill after licking the lotion, taking proper steps to ensure its safety and health are always top priority, of course!

It involves a spiky, silicone tongue.

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Have you ever wanted to lick your cat?

This is not my question—I can guess the answer—but it’s the one blaring from the packaging of the Licki, in all caps. Lest anyone believe the query is rhetorical, the box provides an answer: “NOW YOU CAN. WITHOUT THE FURBALLS.”

Although I’ve never felt such an urge, I do own a Licki. I ordered it from Amazon nearly a year ago, on a dare from a colleague. As soon as it came, I opened the otherwise ordinary envelope to find a silicone freak of nature.

Most of the Licki consists of a stiff, four-inch “tongue” section covered with 22 one-inch spikes, like the cleats on old-school baseball shoes. It’s attached to a mouthpiece, which resembles the big, chunky mouth guards that hang from football players’ face masks. The tongue comes in one color: a garish, fleshy pink-red. In case there is any doubt about its purpose, the slogan “LICK YOUR CAT” is printed four different times on the box and also on the mouthpiece, right where your upper lip goes, as if to remind you why you’re about to put this ridiculous object in your mouth.

Once the Licki arrived, I set it aside, for I had never truly wanted to LICK [MY] CAT and I was bashful about being so easily bullied into buying it. But one evening in late April, my cat, Nellie, was gnawing on my laptop screen and headbutting my hands as I tried to type, and I decided the time had come. As it gets warm in the spring, Nellie sheds a lot of hair. While she loves being scratched—she’s almost doglike in her affection, and doesn’t mind being touched on her belly or other places where cats can be sensitive—she’s hated every brush that I’ve ever tried to use on her.

The Licki promises a more “intimate” grooming experience with your pet, “much like a mama cat bonds with her young.” According to its manufacturer, “Cats groom each other as a form of social bonding . Yet as a human, you’re left out of their intimate licking ritual. At best you have a one-sided licking relationship with your cat.” On the one hand, that kind of bonding sounded appealing, and like it might skirt Nellie’s hatred of brushes, as well as provide some entertainment for my wife. On the other hand, I was nervous about getting clawed or bitten as I jabbed a large, spiked silicone tongue at my cat.

Nellie was initially, and understandably, wary. She sniffed at the Licki as I attempted to lick her. But after a few minutes, she settled in, curled up, closed her eyes, and began purring loudly. She was happy to be licked on her back and tail and head. We got Nellie from a shelter when she was about six months old, and we don’t know what her earliest months were like or whether she had much time with a mother. I hesitate to apply armchair Freudian analysis to my cat, but she seemed mothered as I licked her. I tried the Licki a few more times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but she seemed to like it every time.

The experience was, however, not as pleasant for the licker. After holding on to the mouthpiece for a few minutes, my jaw started to ache from clenching it and my mouth watered uncomfortably. I ended up with a lot of hair in my nose and eyes. It’s tough to find a good posture to lick the cat in a way that’s comfortable for both her and the user for more than a couple of minutes.

Any individual Licki user’s experience is likely to vary as much as her cat’s temperament. The reviews on Amazon run the gamut from sardonic (“I use this to chase cats away from my yard, or rather, the owners of said cats know not to let their cats loose in our neighborhood unattended.”) to suggestive (“Awesome! My wife loves when I use this.”) to sincere (“Kinda weird, but my cat loves it!”). There are stories about people being clawed or bitten, and lots of gag-gift purchases.

Some are heartbreaking. “I put up with a lot from people making fun of it and me for being excited about it. I didn’t care who laughed if it made my babies happy . I SO MUCH wanted my cats to love it! I would show everyone who laughed!” writes one verified buyer. “It just traumatized the animals.” Another claims to lick his cat sans Licki—I have questions!—but even he found it awkward to use.

These unhappy results do not come as a great surprise to cat experts.

“There is a lot of lore surrounding cat behavior, in part because scientific explorations of cat behavior, especially social behavior, have been limited,” Monique Udell, the director of the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University, wrote me in an email. “While reciprocal grooming may be an important feature of feline social behavior in some contexts, it would be a leap to suggest that cats require the same form of interaction from their human partners to establish strong bonds.”

And even between cats, it’s complicated. Mikel Maria Delgado, a postdoctoral researcher on cat behavior at the University of California at Davis, told me that, though cats do bond by grooming one another, a 1998 study found that nearly a third of cat-on-cat grooming ends up in “agonistic behavior.” In other words: Even from another trusted feline, a cat’s tolerance for being licked is limited, and whoever is doing the licking is in line for a possible snarl or swipe or scratch. Licki is “encouraging a lot of things that are intimidating to cats,” Delgado said, such as hovering over them or placing one’s face near them. “I think it’s a terrible idea for the human.”

Your meowage may vary, but I figured I couldn’t argue with results. As long as Nellie liked the Licki, I was inclined to at least occasionally deal with the discomfort of using it. My wife, once she finished laughing at me, suggested that I just hold the Licki and use it to groom the cat. This felt like a betrayal of all the Licki represents. I brandished the Licki at her, with its slogan splayed across the mouthpiece, and demanded, “Does this say ‘BRUSH YOUR CAT’?”

Nonetheless, I eventually gave in to necessity and neck pain, and Nellie seemed just as pleased and mothered when I held the Licki as when it was in my mouth. It turns out that the Licki can be an effective bonding tool, and it doesn’t even require any licking.

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Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Please be prepared for some potentially negative responses – people here at this forum are dead set against declawing as it is a very cruel thing to do to poor kitties.

I can’t give you any advice about it, as I have not had either of mine declawed, nor would I ever.

I would assume that you should help your kitty to keep the area clean, but would recommend that you call the vet that performed the surgery for aftercare advice.

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Originally Posted by stellacosmo

hi
I just got my 7 month old kitten declawed. He came home with a cone colar on his head so he woldn’t lick. I have tried to get him to used yesterdays news litter but I have another adult cat who refuses to use anything but clumping so the kitten has been using that box mostly. Now there is litter in his scabs. I tried to clean them but ouldn’t get it all out. Should I just let him lick his paws clean?
How long should I leave the colar on him for?
Any advice would be great!

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Do you think you could try using a second litter box with the Yesterday’s News until kitty’s paws heal? The clumping litter might be painful for them.

Also, I would call the vet and ask them about the collar. I am not sure on that.

gayef

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You will need to get a clean litter box for your little one and use something like shredded newspaper in it until the wounds heal – I am certain the vet must have given you some sort of post-operative instructions, including what kind of litter arrangement would be best – did he not?

As for the problem at hand, you should alert your vet and ask if you should bring your kitten back in to have the wounds irrigated and properly cleaned. Take that clumping litter out of the litter box and do not let him use it again until the wounds have healed.

Poor little guy . I sincerely hope he feels better soon.

valanhb

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I would again suggest calling the vet. I’m a little surprised that they took the bandages off so soon. When I got my cat declawed (before I knew what it was) they instructed me to keep the bandages on for at least a full week, and his poor little paws still got infected. That is what concerns me most about your situation with the litter and unbandaged paws. Obviously litterboxes in general are going to contain bacteria, and especially if he’s got litter stuck in his open wounds, I would be very concerned about possible infection.

Please keep a close eye on him, in any case, for signs of infection and dehydration. Is he on pain management meds? Watch for lethargy, additional sensitivity to the paws, unwillingness to walk to eat, drink and use the litterbox. Check him for dehydration using the “pinch test” – gently pinch the skin up on the back of his neck (like scruffing him, but only pinch hard enough to pull the skin up from his neck). If the skin snaps back quickly, he’s fine. If it kind of sticks in place for even a little bit, he is or is getting dehydrated and needs to be taken to a vet right away.

I don’t mean to scare you, but I almost lost my Trent because of the infection in his paws and dehydration. So it is a serious complication to watch for.

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Originally Posted by stellacosmo

hi
I just got my 7 month old kitten declawed. He came home with a cone colar on his head so he woldn’t lick. I have tried to get him to used yesterdays news litter but I have another adult cat who refuses to use anything but clumping so the kitten has been using that box mostly. Now there is litter in his scabs. I tried to clean them but ouldn’t get it all out. Should I just let him lick his paws clean?
How long should I leave the colar on him for?
Any advice would be great!

It all started this morning, i woke up feeling something unusual. I pulled the blanket down and my dog was eating my p**** ! I didnt think it was wrong so i encouraged him to keep licking me. After about 15 minutes of him licking my c*** and a****** i came all over his hairy face. I didnt bother cleaning his face, so when my mom asked me what happened i told her it was just milk. I feel guilty about it now!

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My wife loves it when our dog licks her p**** clean after we have had s** and I have c** inside her. She always c*** again from the dog licking her out.
It started about a year ago after s** and we were both very turned on by it but also embarrassed and felt guilty. But know I like to watch my wife m********* her c*** while our dog licks her hole. The dog tries to mount my wife and f*** her I have told her that I am ok with it but she is not too sure. She has let the dog hump her and shoot its doggy c** all over her p**** lots of times and then she uses as lube to finger herself and then I also use it as lube to f*** her as well. I would love to watch our dog f*** my wife and make her c** again and again and then shoot his c** inside her c*** and then me to f*** her used wet slimey c*** . So wrong but soo hot.

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I can tell you as a guy I let my dog lick my d*** . She does it on her own, I’ve never put any food or flavor on it she just knows that when I cub she likes it and she has learned that licking my ass and b**** get the c** faster , we don’t do s** and I’ve never forced her. She sees me go into the bedroom and as soon as my c*** is exposed she licking it. She gets very excited. Anyone who says this is wrong is dumb. Don’t get caught tho because the world does not agree with us. I would actually love to meet people IRL to get together and do this as I think it could be a fun group activity. Hard to know who to trust tho.

Do you wonder if it’s OK to kiss a cat when you pick her up for a cuddling session?

Or maybe you want to know if Kitty knows that your kisses are a sign of affection.

Then I’ve got you covered.

Read on to find out the answers!

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Is it OK to kiss my cat?

I would say that there is nothing wrong to show your cat how much you love her by giving Kitty a peck on the head.

However, you should keep in mind that some risks do exist, especially if you kiss your pet on the lips. It mostly depends on the health status of your pets.

So, let’s see what’s the worst that can happen if you kiss a cat.

What are the risks of kissing a pet?

The good news is that cats and humans are two different species. In medical terms, this means that you can’t catch diseases that are specific to the cat family.

So, you don’t have to worry about cat flu or cat HIV.

However, certain diseases pass the species barrier. We call them zoonotic diseases, and as such, they could be potentially dangerous for you. For example:

  • Parasites such as toxoplasmosis, which is transmitted through feces
  • Ringworm – a highly-contagious fungal infection which is easily treatable but stubborn
  • Some common bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E-coli
  • Cat scratch fever– transmitted through scratches and bites
  • Rabies – a deathly viral infection spread through the saliva

If I have to be honest, it’s doubtful that you’ll contact something from your cat as long as you keep excellent hygiene and have a strong immune system.

To minimizes your chances of contracting a disease you mustn’t forget to deworm Kitty regularly and make sure that she is up to date on her vaccinations.

Who should avoid kissing cats?

I’ve been scratched a hundred times without any infections or complications. Yet, I’ve read stories about people who got very sick from a simple cat scratch.

To some, it might sound too far-fetch, but certain groups of people are at high risk when they interact with an animal. I’m talking about:

  • People with a weak immune system because they don’t fight off infections easily
  • Very young children with undeveloped immune system
  • Pregnant women due to the chances of contracting toxoplasmosis.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s an excellent idea to raise children along with pets because it strengthens their immune systems. Researchers also have proven that the more you expose your child to pet, the less likely is the child to have allergies later in life.

However, very young children have a weak immune system, which won’t be able to fight off some bacteria your cat might carry.

Toxoplasmosis is also not life-threatening for adults, but it’s dangerous for unborn babies. It might result in a miscarriage or a baby born with serious complications like vision problems, and delayed development. So, avoid the cat’s litter box as much as possible.

Should you kiss your cat on the lips?

I love my cat with my whole heart, but I wouldn’t ever kiss her on the lips. I often kiss her on the top of the head and bump noses with her, but lip kissing is too much for me.

It’s not that I find it gross, but the germaphobe inside me says that it’s unhygienic. I know that a lot of cat owners won’t agree with me, and I won’t argue. But I want to mention something.

A cat’s mouth is not cleaner than a human one. Cats are predators and even when they live inside full-time, they catch various bugs and insects that have crawled inside your houses. So, Kitty’s mouth is full of bacteria that might be harmful to you in the long run.

Not to mention that the cat licks itself everywhere (you know what I mean), and a lot of parasites are spread through feces.

Do cats understand that kisses are signs of affection?

Cats demonstrate affection towards people they love in many ways. They rub against our legs, give us head bumps, or playfully bite us during playtime. Sometimes they even groom up by licking your hands or hairs.

Grooming is a big sign of trust because felines groom each other only when they feel deeply connected. And kisses are not so different from a cat licking another cat.

So, I would say that cats do know that we’re showing affection when we kiss them. However, they prefer to give us “cat kisses.”

A cat kiss is when a cat looks at you and slowly blinks. That’s their equivalent of our “I love you” kisses. Blink slowly back at Kitty, and she will know that you care about her.

The bottom line is that kissing a cat won’t get you sick unless you have a compromised immune system. So, as long as you and your cat have a clean bill of health, feel free to enjoy kissing Kitty and showering her with affection as much as you want.

What do you think about the subject? Is it OK to kiss a cat? Do you kiss your pet or you show your affection differently? Tell us in the comments.

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.

I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
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This has been weighing on my conscience for years and I hope you can help me resolve it. When I was a little kid, I was playing with my little puppy dog and somehow the dog ended up sniffing my crotch and I let him lick me there. It was an amazing experience for a 5-year-old—until Mom walked in and smacked the shit out of me for it. That was the end of it until I was bout 11 years old and then, bam, new puppy, same experience, except this time I was more careful about where and when the puppy and I played this little game. So many amazing orgasms! This went on for a while and then I moved on to other interests. Years later, as a very horny and very frustrated 20-something, I again found myself with a cute little pet who was only too happy to lick me. I indulged myself a time or two but felt so horribly ashamed that I actually gave the dog away and never ever indulged again. It bothered me so much that I talked to a therapist about it. I guess I felt I needed to confess to someone. Luckily my therapist was a very gentle gay man and he was not shocked, he was very accepting, and he assured me that I was not a pervert and that I would still go to heaven when I died. He even made a little joke about me and the little poodle at the pearly gates. No shit! He was a good guy.

But I digress. Cut to the present. I am 68 years old, and I still feel horribly ashamed of my past forays into “bestiality.” Honestly, sometimes when I recall the experience, I feel like a monster, like I am some sort of subhuman. And I also feel a bit aroused. Those were some powerful orgasms for sure. But then I feel rotten about it, like an evil person and I think that if people “knew” no one would ever speak to me again.

I know all this self-hatred and shame is not good for my mental health and I really want to find some sort of peace about it but honestly do not feel I could sit across from someone and talk about it face to face, that’s how ashamed I feel. I hope you can help me.

Dan, how common is this sort of behavior? And how do I get over feeling so horrible about it?

Problematic Uncensored Puppy Play Is Eroding Sanity

Zoophilia is more common than most people think, PUPPIES, but we don’t have solid numbers.

First, let’s quickly define our terms: zoophilia is a sexual/romantic interest in animals, PUPPIES, whereas bestiality is the legal term for the sometimes criminal, sometimes not offense of sexually engaging with non-human animals. Not all people who engage in acts of bestiality are zoophiles, not all zoophiles engage in acts of bestiality. Some non-zoophiles mess around with animals because they lack a human option; some zoophiles mess around with humans because they don’t wanna violate an animal and/or risk going to prison.

Alfred Kinsey—whose renowned sex research institute is currently being dismantled—wrote in the 1940s that roughly 8 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women engaged in some type of sex act with a non-human animal. Those numbers are disputed and this isn’t a frequently researched subject, PUPPIES, precisely because it’s so taboo. So I can’t tell you how common acts of bestiality are. But if Kinsey’s numbers or the results of later studies come anywhere close then millions of your fellow Americans have had sex with animals. A few have even stooped so low as to have sex with Donald Trump.

So you’re not alone, PUPPIES. That doesn’t make having sex with animals okay or advisable—there seems to be a link between men having sex with farm animals and penile cancer—but you’re not the only woman or girl out there who has allowed a pet to lick her genitals.

It isn’t just the frequency of zoophilia/bestiality that’s in dispute; America’s laws are likewise all over the place. You can look at zoo porn in Washington State but you can’t sell it—bestiality was also legal in the Washington until, you know, Mr. Hands. If you rape a dog in California you’re on the sex offender registry, but you can fuck your cat in Kentucky. In Idaho and Michigan, though, sex with animals will get you life in prison.

Most of the laws were introduced between 1999 and 2012, a time when many states still had sodomy laws on the books—so, yeah, rather un-hilariously it would seem that consensual man-on-man sex was illegal for a lot longer than the man-on-dog variety that Rick Santorum is still sitting up nights fantasizing about.

You have my permission to stop feeling bad about what you did way back when. There are a lot worse things you could’ve done over the course of your life, PUPPIES, to other human beings or to those dogs or other animals. (I’m pretty sure worse was done to the lamb I had for lunch.) You didn’t torture your pets and, given your descriptions of what went down, it’s highly unlikely you traumatized them. Your first interaction was accidental and innocent (and swiftly punished), PUPPIES, and you made the mistake of not so innocently and not so accidentally exploiting two other dogs later in your young/young-ish life. But all those incidents took place decades ago. It’s well and good to recall a bad action with regret and sometimes feelings of shame are necessary useful, PUPPIES, if those feelings prompt us to be more conscientious about the choices we make in the future.

But there’s no point in torturing yourself endlessly about those dogs decades after the incidents—and decades after those dogs went dog heaven, PUPPIES, particularly since no one, human or non-human, was likely harmed. Want to stop feeling so horrible about it? Change your will and leave a nice chunk of your estate to a charity that works to rehabilitate and re-home abused, exploited, or neglected animals. Instead of picking at scabs and reopening wounds, take action. Make the world a better and safer place for the dogs in it now, PUPPIES, and then you can tell yourself that more good flowed out of these incidents than bad.

Guilt tripping yourself is a waste of time. Instead, do some actual, useful penance, PUPPIES, and then make up your mind to redirect all of the energy you’re currently devoting to feeling terrible into finally forgiving yourself.

Reminding yourself that the harm done here was mostly to you might help—again, it’s highly unlikely those dogs were harmed. You didn’t penetrate them, you didn’t tear at their insides, you didn’t leave them in state where they couldn’t be trusted around other humans or be placed with other families. In addition to lacking opposable thumbs, those dogs lacked the moral capacity to sense the wrongness of what they were doing—you were the only one left with psychological scars, you were your chief victim, you have the right to forgive yourself.

You had an early, formative experience with a pet, it created a powerful and pleasurable association, PUPPIES, one it took you a decade and change to learn to resist. But you’ve resisted it for four decades now. So let it go—finally and forever. You’re not the Harvey Weinstein of the dog world. You’re not even the Al Franken of the dog world. The guilt, the feelings of shame—let them go. Let yourself off the hook, crawl down off that cross, stop flagellating yourself.

And please tell my mom I said hi when you see her in heaven.

The Best Liquid for Baby Kittens

The innocent little “mews” that newborn kittens make melt your heart. You’ll be tempted to pick them up right after they’re born — but resist your urge. Petting them too soon can be dangerous for their health and might make your mama kitty upset.

Dangers of Touching

Mama cat licks her babies to put her own signature scent on them, according to Animal Planet. When you touch a newborn kitten, you make it smell different to its mother. Some cats aren’t phased by humans touching their young, but other felines become agitated. Mama kitty might feel threatened by the unfamiliar scent and feel that she needs to move her offspring to a safe location. If you come back to the nesting box in a few hours and notice that the whole family is missing, don’t worry. Your precious queen was simply trying to protect her litter and moved them to a safe location.

When It’s Safe

As difficult as it may be, you’ll need to avoid touching newborn kittens during their first week of life, the ASPCA reports. Since socializing kittens with humans is an important part of their early growth, carefully start to handle your new fluffy babies starting during their second week of life. Before you pick them up, make sure you allow mama cat to sniff your hand. Pet her head and show her affection, ensuring her that you are not a threat. If she purrs, licks your hand or otherwise welcomes your petting, gently pick up a kitten — pick up only one at a time.

Importance of Warmth

When it comes time to pick up your fuzzy friends, make sure you keep them warm. Hypothermia, or cold body temperature, is a major problem with infant kittens. Early in their lives, newborn kittens use up most of their energy stores to stay warm, explains Dr. Virginia Clemans, a veterinarian based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cold felines cannot digest their food and become less likely to nurse, resulting in possible malnutrition. If you pick up one of the tiny fluff balls, scooping him up in a small baby blanket and keeping him away from drafts ensures that he stays warm. Prevent hypothermia by handling him for short periods of time and returning him safely to his mama and warm littermates.

Take Precautions

Newborn kittens haven’t yet developed strong immune systems. Wash your hands carefully before handling the babies, and keep other animals away from the pint-size felines to prevent spreading germs. Petting and picking up newborn kittens can be dangerous. Baby kittens, much like human babies, are extremely fragile. Handling them roughly or accidentally dropping them can damage bones or vital organs. Be very gentle and, if you have young children in your home, supervise closely while they handle the kittens.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

By Genevieve Dugal

Updated on May 11, 2022

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Cats, like dogs, are instinctively inclined to lick their wounds. Indeed, following surgery or an injury, a cat often tries to lick itself. This is due to the fact that the regrowth of the scabs and hair make the area itchy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, and contrary to popular belief, it does not help with healing.

Indeed, a local inflammatory reaction may occur, which will exacerbate the lesion. Therefore, it is crucial to prevent your feline from licking his wound. Fortunately, there are various home remedies to help you and your cat deal with this situation.

Before You Start

If your cat has a fresh wound, a veterinary exam may be needed to ensure the wound is not becoming infected or needs stitches. Yes, small scrapes may need a simple cleaning, but deep cuts may require more thorough cleaning and a few stitches to keep them closed. Besides, deep wounds can cause significant damage under the skin. Therefore, your vet will need to clean, rinse, and thoroughly treat the wound.

Your veterinarian will also be able to help you assess the exact treatment your cat needs for his wound to heal properly. He or she may also decide to administer analgesics and antibiotics, depending on the severity of the lesion.

Now, here are five ways to get a cat to stop licking a wound:

The Top 5 Home Remedies to Stop a Cat from Licking a Wound

1. Wrap Your Cat in An Old Sock

If your kitty has just been spayed, you can use a simple sock to keep her from licking the wound and pulling on her stitches. It may seem like an incongruous idea, but it works wonders on tiny cats!

Simply cut off the end of your largest sock for your cat’s head and cut four small openings for the legs. You can also take the sock to your vet before the surgery and let him put your cat in the sock himself. Alternatively adapt a baby-grow for your cat.

Note: Not all vets will agree to do this, so check with yours first.

2. Spray the Wound with an Antiseptic Agent

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Alternatively, you can also spray an antiseptic and bitter agent directly on the wound. This will prevent your cat from licking while allowing for quick healing. However, do not use these products on a wound around the eyes, and read the instructions carefully before any application. We also recommend a quick call to your vet to confirm that the product you’ve chosen is safe for your feline’s wound.

3. Dress the Wound

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This solution may seem simple, budget-friendly, and effective. You probably already have all the necessary equipment in your first aid kit: scissors, sterile gauze pads, and adhesive tape. However, skill is needed with wound dressing to ensure you don’t make matters worse rather than better. Make sure to change the dressing daily to keep it clean and dry and check it regularly for comfort and swelling.

Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to properly bandage the wound or if it’s in a more problematic area, such as around the ears or eyes.

4. Distract Your Cat

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This technique is a little more time-consuming than the others because you will have to be on the lookout for your cat’s actions. So, as soon as you see him trying to lick his wound, offer him a distraction, whether it’s a treat, a toy, or extra cuddles. Kindly tell him no if he licks his wound, and give him a reward in return. Your cat should quickly associate that licking himself is less satisfying than his reward! The downside is that you can’t stay awake 24 hours a day making sure your cat doesn’t lick the wound.

5. Make a Homemade Collar

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If you can’t get into the pet shop or vets and you need a homemade option there are plenty of inventive ways to make a homemade cone or neck collar. Make sure that you strike a balance between the cat not being able to get the cone straight off and being able to breathe freely. Usually 2 fingers between the material and your cat’s neck are sufficient.

What Does Cat Saliva Contain?

Cat saliva does not contain any miraculous properties that help in the healing of wounds. There are many bacteria in cats mouths, especially those with dental disease and these can be inoculated into a wound by licking. However, saliva does contain certain antimicrobial compounds that can relieve pain and prevent the proliferation of bacteria to a degree, as suggested by this study published in the prestigious journal The Lancet.

Continued licking of a wound will cause more harm than good and this is especially true for surgical wounds.

Conclusion

A cat licking its wound is not necessarily bad in itself. A cat’s saliva contains several antibacterial compounds that may help to temporarily decrease pain. However, kitty saliva also contains a significant amount of bacteria that can get deeper into the wound and cause infection. They also have very rough tongues and the mechanical abrasion it causes further damages the wound.

Thus, excessive licking can only aggravate the wound. That’s why it’s best to do everything possible to prevent your cat from licking his wound and to call a veterinarian if home treatments fail.

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Cats do all kinds of stuff we don’t understand — freaking out when they encounter a cucumber, for instance — but one sort of mystifying behavior they display is licking humans. Dogs have the reputation for being social, goofy and lacking a certain understanding of personal boundaries. Cats, on the other hand, are generally thought to be more standoffish and less prone to slobbering all over their human companions than dogs. But every once in a while, your cat will lose that sense of boundary and begin licking your face, your arm or some other body part with that scratchy tongue, begging the question, why?

Cats Are Mouthy Smellers

“Cats explore the world as kittens through their mouths and by chewing on things,” Anita Kelsey, cat behaviorist and the author of Let’s Talk About Cats, says in an email. “They lick to groom themselves and lick other cats — a behavior called ‘allo-grooming’ — in order to bond and groom.”

Cats have a huge number of scent receptors compared with humans — about 200 million compared to our measly 5 million — so scent plays a big part in their everyday lives. Cats can smell in two different ways. First, they sniff through their noses in short, fast inhalations that capture the scent molecules and hold them in a chamber in their nasal cavity to let all their scent receptors do their work. Second, cats can taste and analyze scent through an organ on the roof of their mouth called the Jacobson’s organ, or vomeronasal organ. When they’re using their Jacobson’s organ, they make a weird face — sort of an open-mouthed grimace that scientists call a flehmen response.

Cats Sometimes Lick Because They Like You

Because most of a cat’s face is involved in the activity of smelling, it makes sense that a cat would lick you in order to get more information about you. But more than that, cats lick who they like.

“Cats lick us as a sign of closeness, bonding and affection,” says Kelsey. “It’s a form of grooming us as they do with other cats they have bonded with. I am sure they are also enjoying taking in our scent. They love armpits, for example, as there is a strong scent there.”

Although cats aren’t as exuberant in their demonstration of affections as dogs can be, according to Kelsey, we shouldn’t compare the two animals.

“We are seen as part of the cat family,” says Kelsey. “Cats show us affection through behaviors like remaining in our company, purring, sleeping next to us and on our laps, and rubbing against us.”

Territory, Terror and Taste

Aside from a cat’s general affection for you and the urge to groom a buddy, a cat might lick you for a variety of other reasons. For starters, if your cat is regularly coming at you with its sandpaper tongue, the reason might be that it wants to mark you as its territory. And what better way to tell other cats to back off than by smearing you with a little special spit perfume?

Cats also tend to lick things they think are tasty. Cats cannot taste sweet things (they’re the only mammal that can’t), but they might really like your hand lotion or the residue that breakfast left on your fingers. If you find your cat is particularly interested in a specific cosmetic product or ointment you use — especially a prescription ointment like a hormone cream — ask your vet whether it’s safe for them to ingest.

Some cats also lick in order to cope with stress or fear. This behavior is especially common in cats who were taken away from their mothers very early, but it can happen in any cat. If this behavior seems to worsen over time or is accompanied by nervous body language, or if they begin over grooming themselves to the point of creating bald spots, it’s a good idea to ask your vet about treatment.

How Much Licking Is Too Much?

It’s very sweet that your cat likes you, wants to keep you clean, wants to tell other cats you’re their person, but sometimes the licking can get to be too much. Especially because those little keratin barbs on their tongue (called papillae) can really hurt!

To dissuade your cat from licking you, you can try distracting them with a toy, getting out a brush and grooming them, simply walking away, or even just putting a cardboard box in the middle of the floor — it’s worth a shot!

Cat tongues are scratchy because they need them to act as a brush for combing fur and dislodging dirt, dander and fleas.

Is it ok to let a cat lick you

Q: Our cat is a real fighter and keeps coming into the house with bites and scratches. He tends to clean them himself and isn’t keen for us to look at them. My mum says his saliva can kill bacteria, but I don’t believe it. Is this true?

A: No. A cat’s mouth harbours one of the highest concentrations of bacteria in existence, and is far more likely to cause an infection than to treat one. Of course, pets will groom themselves when injured, but you should always try to clean any wound with warm salty water if you can. If the skin is punctured, you will need to see your vet, as abscesses are a common condition in cats that get involved in local dust-ups.

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    How To Make Balcony Cat Safe

    Unenclosed balconies are not safe for cats. Even though your cat might live for many years, it is possible to have one accident, especially if the balcony is higher than you. A beautiful place for indoor cats is the balcony. Our balcony had already been renovated when our cats arrived. We were just waiting for that to happen.

    The renovation took many years and our cats couldn’t see the balcony through the windows. They were thrilled to finally have this extra space. With great curiosity, they inspected everything. They now love the outdoors. A secure balcony is a great way to make your cat happy.

    Why should your balcony be cat-proofed? It won’t be a problem if there is no net. There are two main reasons why your cat on the balcony should be safe. The first is to stop your cat running off. This is why, at least in Germany where I am from, you may see balconies that have a safety net. Perhaps there is a nearby tree or another structure that cats could climb.

    You don’t want your indoor cat running from the balcony, especially if it is an indoor cat. The cats love to be outside. Cat-proofing your balcony will also help to protect your cat. You want your cat to be safe and not fall to his death. The common wisdom says that cats will always land on their feet no matter how high they fall.

    This urban legend is unfortunately false. You can see how cats could easily fall from windows or balconies. They also might sustain severe injuries such as broken jaws and broken teeth. You might also want to check out the Wikipedia article about high-rise syndrome. Cats are very adept at climbing, and you might think that a cat wouldn’t jump from 8th floor.

    Cats can sometimes be very clumsy, and they may fall from perches or chase after toys. They might try to land on a pigeon if it is near your balcony rail. Although a safety net may be annoying and not very appealing to some, it is still more effective than getting your cat off the curb.

    Is it safe to let my cat on the balcony?

    Your pet should always be supervised when they’re on the balcony. Never leave them alone. Make sure they always have fresh, clean water. We recommend that you have a professional install a catio for your cat.

    Will cats jump off a balcony?

    Although cats don’t jump from balconies often, they will jump to other things if they fall or lose balance. Cat owners often think that their cat will not fall or, if she falls, land on her heels.

    How do I make sure my cat doesn’t jump off a balcony?

    You might consider installing screens that are tall enough to keep cats from climbing on them. Any furniture that is located near the balcony edge will have to be moved. Cats will use any object as a platform for climbing. You can allow your cat some fresh air by keeping it leashed outside.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Does your cat have a habit of licking you for no apparent reason? Then you are not alone. Many cat owners are familiar with a pet that seems to like the taste of their human and while it can be endearing, it’s a behavior you can’t easily ignore. It’s easy to assume that licking is purely down to affection but there are other feline behavior traits at play. Here are the main reasons why your cat likes to lick you and what you can do about it.

    What Function does Licking Serve?

    Before we look at answering the question, ‘why does my cat lick me?’ it’s important to understand the main reasons a cat feels the need to lick. For a cat, the act of licking serves many social as well as practical functions in their day-to-day life. Licking is essential for grooming and maintaining their coat and also helps them to remove the scent of their prey after a meal. Licking is an important way a mother cleans her kittens and helps them to eliminate waste while in a colony of cats, it creates a familiar group smell for easy identification. Cats also cool themselves as well as destress through the simple act of licking. In short, licking is natural, and something they need to do.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Why it Feels Rough When Your cat Licks you

    OK, let’s cut to the chase, when your kit licks you, it doesn’t always feel that nice. That rough, sanding paper-like feel on your skin when your cat licks you is down to the make-up of the surface of their tongue. The tongue is covered in special back-facing barbs called papillae, which are made from the same material as your cat’s claws. The rough texture of the papillae is important for when your feline grooms, as the barbs help to remove dirt and debris from their coat. So, they get a nice clean coat, but when it comes to cat licking, you don’t always get such a smooth time.

    What does it Mean When a Cat Licks you?

    As well as licking themselves or other cats, it’s common for your feline to try to lick their human. Here are the main reasons why:

    • To strengthen their social bonds

    In the cat world, cats who are friendly towards each other will often perform mutual licking. They use licking as a way to strengthen their bond and create a familiar group scent. With a pet cat, the licking of their human is for the same reason and is a way of strengthening your bond as well as showing affection, just in the same way you pet your cat. For a loved and contented cat that feels safe in their human home, licking is a natural way of them showing their affection and to bring you closer.

    However, one word to the wise: your pet may also lick you repeatedly if they like the taste of your skin as the components of human sweat can actually be appetizing to some cats. They can also be attracted to the taste of your skin lotion or any topical creams you may have on, so just be aware if you are using any medicated treatments on your skin.

    • Stress and anxiety

    Stress and anxiety can lead to your cat licking you and themselves excessively, as a way to calm and comfort. This behavior can be likened to you nervously biting nails. Stress licking is usually accompanied by a tense body posture and can go on for some time – if your cat is exhibiting these behaviors then she is most likely trying to calm herself down. If so, look for the source of her stress and anxiety so you can help her to fix the stress problem. But if she doesn’t stop licking, or you notice signs of excessive licking, such as thinning hair or bald spots, it would be a good idea to take your cat to the vets for a precautionary check-up as there could be underlying medical reasons behind her stress.

    • Marking their territory

    You may think you own your cat, but it is in fact the other way around and your cat’s licking behavior is all part of the feline territory marking process! Cats mark their territory so other cats and animals know the boundaries. And it’s not just space but ‘things’ inside their territory that cats like to claim as theirs. So, by licking you, your cat is marking you out as their property, in a loving and affectionate way of course! If your cat also rubs against you, they are doing the same thing. Licking and rubbing are clear signs that you are important to them and they want other cats to stay clear. If you have ever noticed another cat shy away from you, it could well be that you hold the scent that tells them you belong to another.

    • It’s a family thing

    Licking their human can also indicate a feline parental response or even behavior that’s a throw-back to when your cat was a kitten. Either way, it’s a clear sign you are part of their family.

    If your adult cat licks you while kneading their paws against you and purring, this is a mirror of kitten behavior when a tiny kit would nurse. If your cat is displaying this cute behavior, it is a sign they feel, safe and secure.

    Licking their human can also be a form of feline parental care, as a cat would do for their own kitten. When a female cat licks you, they could be trying to show you how to groom yourself, and this is a sign of love and affection, and linked to their own memories of how their mothers cared for them. Licking is also a way for a cat to soothe you, as they would their own kit and is a sure sign that you are an important part of their feline family.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    When it Gets too Much

    For the majority of reasons, your cat licking you is borne out of affection and security and is a natural response to their favorite human. However, if you feel the licking is linked to stress or anxiety, you must take the necessary steps to find out why and resolve any underlying issues that are causing your kit to lick.

    Occasional licking is a lovely way to strengthen the bond with your cat, but it can become too much if it’s happening all the time. If this is the case, you need to gently discourage your cat without making them feel they are not wanted or loved.

    The best way to stop licking in its tracks is by positively distracting your cat and instigate some human/cat play. By transferring their attention to playtime, this not only stops the licking but also ensures your cat feels special and has some fun quality time with his human. A tasty cat treat can also work; however, you can run the risk of associative behavior, with your cat linking licking with a food treat and so doing it even more!

    The lowdown on cats licking their humans is that it is entirely natural, but as a pet owner understanding the reasons behind the licking and also preventing it from becomes a habit means a happy human/cat family all round.

    Your dream of drawing your tongue across your cat’s fur is now close to being realized with the Licki Brush. All the fun, none of the hairballs.

    Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

    I’ve done plenty of weird things for my cats. I build elaborate structures out of cardboard boxes on the living room floor. I let them sit on all the pieces in the jigsaw puzzle box and just work around them. But my cat-indulgence resolve is now being tested by a new, not-yet-released product called the Licki Brush.

    Just hearing the name of the Licki Brush should give you an idea of what it does. It’s a tongue-shaped cat brush you hold in your mouth and use to “lick” your cat. A short video shows the product in action.

    Cats lick themselves all the time, but their barbed tongues are made to handle the job. Human tongues are just too smooth. And if you’re actually licking your cat with your tongue, you may want to consider some form of therapy.

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    The Licki Brush has a pretty great product tag line: “Lick your cat.” It’s simple. It gets to the point. It’s marketing at its finest.

    The idea here isn’t that the Licki Brush will groom your cat any better than a non-Licki brush would. It’s more that the product lets you get down to your pet’s level, act kind of like a cat yourself and potentially get closer to your little buddy. If you’re repulsed by the concept, the brush isn’t for you. If you think, “Hmm, I have always wondered what it would be like to lick my cat,” then this is totally the brush for you.

    Currently, the Licki Brush is teasing us with a video and a bare-bones website promising a Kickstarter campaign soon. PDX Pet Design is the mind behind the brush. The pet-products company already offers an intelligent cat toy called Shru. PDX assures CNET the Licki Brush is indeed “very real.” There’s already a 3D-printed Licki Brush prototype, but the final product will be made from soft silicone.

    If cats think people are just big, dumb, mostly hairless cats, then the Licki Brush will only perpetuate felines’ stereotypical view of humans. That’s OK. Secretly, all of us cat people just want to blend in with the cool kitty crowd.

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    what percentage of meat is in kit e kat anyway, do they still make it ?

    i wouldnt touch most of the well known brands with a barge pole, feline fayre or hi life only, its all about meat percentage and wether its a complete cat food or not

    but more seriously, cats are meticulously clean animals, i would use your own judgement and not leave food out for cat to lick in future, also, dont let the cat on the work tops anyway ?

    my cat knows his not allowed on the work tops, you need to show the cat whos boss basically

    No, I would never eat the cat.

    No, I would never eat the cat.

    Very good advice there, there is very little nutritional value in feline meat.

    As for the lamb, make sure that you cut your pieces from the inner area of the meat that cant have been touched and it will be fine. Then make sure you dont leave meat out where the animal can reach it.

    Cat care 101 surely?!

    We show our cat everyday who’s boss with regards to jumping on the kitchen worktop, unfortunately the second you go out of the door she’s back up there again!

    Unfortunately with cats there’s only one answer to the issue of who’s boss – and it’s the cats!

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    I’m 15 years old, female virgin and I’ve been really curious about s** . So I was touching and rubbing my v***** and started getting really wet, and I started moaning (mom was at work and my brother at practice). So then my dog jumped up on the bed and licked my wet p**** till I was dry. I then pushed him away but he still wanted more. What should I do?

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    Hi im 13 years old and i wanna have s** with my dog but its a girl and its not really interested in licking my pusy so should I put something on it?

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    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.

    If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good relationship and spend time playing together. If your cats are kittens, that playtime is also used as a tool for them to learn how gently to bite in order to keep in playtime mode. Kittens also use playtime to learn about their developing skills and practice stalking, chasing and pouncing. During playtime with their littermates, they also learn important body language and communication skills.

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    Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

    When it comes to adult cats, many still enjoy engaging in playtime with their companions. For some cat parents though, their cats’ playtime may look as if it’s crossed over into aggression. Cat parents are often left unsure about whether the cats are just having an enthusiastic play session or a physical battle that requires intervening before one or both cats get hurt.

    There are a few general guidelines to help you when trying to evaluate whether your cats are playing or fighting:

    1. Play between cats can often look a bit more aggressive than we’d expect. Even between kittens, playtime can look a bit rough. Don’t expect your cats to wrestle and tackle each other with finesse and gentleness. If you’re new at living with cats and are unfamiliar with how they interact with each other, it can be easy to misinterpret playtime exuberance for aggression.
    1. Cats who normally have a hostile relationship or cats who are unfamiliar with each other won’t typically engage in play together. If you notice two cats who view each other as opponents, are now wrestling, it probably isn’t a friendly encounter. Unfamiliar or hostile cats may develop a friendly relationship and start playing together but that’s something requiring behavior modification and a getting-to-know-you period first. They won’t suddenly go from I hate you to let’s play without interim steps.

    Probably not, but you should keep an eye on it.

    Cats have a rep for being impeccably clean, right? That’s the conclusion many people have drawn from watching cats endlessly licking themselves—probably the only activity cats spend more time doing than sleeping.

    When folks get bit or scratched by a cat though, suddenly all that received wisdom is called into question. Do they really carry germs in their mouths? What is cat-scratch fever anyway? Is that a real thing? Or just the name of a wildly offensive Ted Nugent song?

    And, most importantly, should you go straight to emerg if you’re on the losing end of a clash with a cat? I went to Jason Tetro, a.k.a. the “Germ Guy,” to find out.

    “Anywhere from about one-third to half of cats have a particular type of bacteria in their mouths called bartonella, which we know as cat-scratch fever or cat-scratch disease,” says Tetro, host of the Super-Awesome Science Show podcast. “They pick that bacteria up from fleas.”

    Despite the name, it’s way more likely to get cat-scratch fever from a bite than a scratch, although it’s possible to get it either way if the cat happens to have some bacteria in its paws. It’s actually also possible to get the disease another way, namely, if someone let a cat lick their open wound. That’s pretty hard to imagine anyone letting a cat do, however, so we’ll focus on scratches and bites instead.

    “So once you have any kind of bite or scratch you have to wash it incredibly well with soap and water and try to make sure that you’re getting rid of any potential saliva or any other biological material that may have been transferred over,” says Tetro. “And then what you’re going to do is just wait and see if you start to get a fever. If you have headaches or migraines, you want to see your doctor right away.”

    Tetro says it’s rare that bartonella henselae will cause serious infections in human “accidental hosts,” and that, with the exception of immuno-suppressed people, most people are safe to wait and see. If symptoms do occur though, seeking out treatment (usually antibiotics) quickly is important, since, in rare cases, it can attack the brain, eyes or heart.

    “The other thing is that the lymph nodes, both in your neck and also in your underarms can really become inflamed and swollen and create these sort of eggs underneath your skin,” he says. “If that happens then you definitely want to go and talk to your doctor because that way you can get some treatment and hopefully be able to get rid of it.”

    So, after you clean out your wound and wait, is there anything you can do to take your mind off these unsettling scenarios? Yes. First off, take some comfort in the knowledge that cat-scratch fever is way less common in Canada than it is elsewhere.

    “Fleas are the driver,” says Scott Weese, director of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph. “And fleas are more common in other places than they are here. We certainly see fleas in Canada, but we don’t have an environment that’s as amenable to fleas as some places in the United States, where they’re more likely to survive outside through the winter.”

    Totally indoor cats or even indoor/outdoor cats whose pet parents are diligent with flea control pose a very low risk of cat-scratch fever. What about other diseases, though? Rabies, for example? Although getting bit by a feral cat (that you haven’t provoked) could indicate a more serious disease (and you’ll definitely want to head to the doctor’s office to get that checked out), the last case of rabies in a domestic animal in Toronto was in 2008.

    Even the city’s raccoons have a clean bill of health when it comes to rabies. (Distemper is another matter, but we can’t get that disease from them.) Toronto’s bat population can carry rabies. But, with cats, the biggest threat is probably lurking in their litter, which can contain toxoplasma gondii, which is especially dangerous to pregnant women and their fetuses. Tetro says that’s pretty rare, too, but there have been outbreaks. Most pregnant women are advised to get someone else to change their cat’s litter.

    This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with three locations, South End/Bay Village, the Seaport, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

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    By nature, cats are known to be more independent than dogs. [1] X Research source Although your cat’s independence may look like he or she is being standoffish or aloof, they can actually become very affectionate with you. Their affections will help improve and deepen your relationship with them. Depending on your cat’s personality, getting them to like you and bond with you may take a lot of time and patience. No need to worry, though—the more your cat likes you, the happier they will be, and the happier you will be with them.

    Is Lysol Toxic to Cats – How to Keep Your Cat Safe When Using Household Products

    • June 18, 2021
    • Caring for a Cat , Cats

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM

    There is a good chance that you own and use Lysol products, as these household cleaners and disinfectants are considered staple products for most families. But have you ever wondered if they could be toxic for your pets?

    Lysol products are some of the most popular cleaning agents on the planet. They are known for their ability to quickly clean and disinfect household surfaces and rid homes of dangerous germs.

    Lysol has become even more popular and widely used throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. While commercial disinfectants can be useful, relatively few people consider the fact they can be quite toxic and dangerous for animals if they are consumed in large enough quantities.

    Although there are plenty of household cleaning products that are far more toxic than Lysol, this popular cleaning agent does contain an active ingredient that can be fairly harmful to cats. To help you keep your cat safe while maintaining a clean home, we are going to go over everything you need to know about Lysol and cats.

    What is in Lysol That is Harmful to Cats?

    One of the main active ingredients in some Lysol products is called phenol. This is the compound that helps disinfect surfaces and kill germs. Phenol is also one of the Lysol brand’s signature ingredients, as it is also responsible for the unique, chemical smell we immediately associate with its products. For most people, this scent is tied to cleanliness.

    Unfortunately, felines are unable to properly metabolize phenol. If a cat ingests a significant amount of this compound, organ damage (to kidneys or liver) is possible. However, Lysol products are much more likely to be a respiratory irritant if inhaled and a GI irritant if ingested, it is very uncommon for a cat to ingest high enough level to cause organ injury.

    How Does Lysol Exposure Occur?

    While this sounds very concerning, there is some good news. For starters, the quantity of Lysol most cats ingest is rarely large enough to lead to serious adverse effects.

    Most cases of Lysol exposure in cats occur when they walk across surfaces that have recently been sprayed or wiped with Lysol products. After the cat has made contact with the Lysol by walking across a wet surface, they then lick their paws.

    When compounds that contain phenol are consumed in large enough quantities, like when a cat has drunk directly from a bottle containing liquid Lysol, this can be extremely dangerous, and a veterinarian should be contacted immediately. A qualified veterinarian can determine what the risk of phenol toxicity is and what the next step should be.

    Lysol is only one of many types of household cleaners that can potentially harm a cat. Any cleaning products that contain bleach, synthetic detergents, solvents, and other toxic ingredients can all potentially harm your feline friend. This is why it is so important to store cleaners in a safe place and make sure all caps and lids are securely closed at all times.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    What are Signs of Household Cleaner Toxicity in Cats?

    Felines can show a variety of different clinical signs after ingesting household cleaners. Signs of toxicity can include, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and abnormal gait, or a funny walk.

    Other clinical signs include excessive thirst and unusually frequent urination. If your cat is showing any of the above-mentioned clinical signs and you suspect they may have had access to a household cleaner, we advise you to schedule a virtual vet appointment immediately. A Hello Ralphie online veterinarian can assess the situation and tell you what the next steps should be.

    How Can I Keep My Cat Safe from Household Cleaners?

    Always be sure to safely store all of your household cleaners in a location that your cat does not have access to.

    Cupboards and closets that your cat cannot open on its own are always a good option. In cases where your cat has figured out how to open cupboards, consider locking any cabinets that contain household cleaners.

    It is also important to make sure that all of the lids and caps on the bottles of your household cleaners are tightly secured at all times, even when you are in the process of cleaning your home. If these bottles are left open, or the lids are loose, your cat might be able to access them, and it is possible that the cat could ingest the potentially toxic substance.

    Always make sure you store the bottles in an upright position, rather than sideways. This decreases the chances of spills and leaks, which a curious cat might lick.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    When Using Cleaning Products Around Cats

    When using household cleaners that contain compounds that are toxic to cats, take the time to make sure the cleaning solution is not sprayed directly on the cat or splashed around the animal. While this may sound obvious, we all know cats are curious creatures that have a knack for getting in the way when we are at our busiest.

    It is also recommended that you stick around while the surfaces you have cleaned dry completely. Surfaces that are left wet with cleaning product residue can be lapped up, which would mean your cat could ingest toxic substances directly off of recently cleaned surfaces.

    In instances where you must bleach surfaces or heavily disinfect your home, you should consider locking your cat in a safe room while you clean. While the cat might not like it, it would be for their own safety.

    Follow the Appropriate Directions

    Always follow the safety directions listed on the label of the cleaning product you are using. It is important to properly dilute any cleaning products that indicate you should do so.

    Using solutions that are overly concentrated increases the chances you could harm your cat, as excess fumes and surfaces that take longer to dry can remain dangerous for much longer. It is also worth noting that you should not “over clean” your home if you have pets. Only clean when it is necessary, as over cleaning increases the risk that your cat could become exposed to a potentially toxic substance.

    What Do I Do If I know My Cat Has Consumed a Household Cleaner?

    If you are fairly certain your cat has consumed any quantity of household cleaner, one of our Hello Ralphie online veterinarians can help right away. A virtual vet consult will give you the opportunity to speak remotely with a veterinarian.

    Always have the exact cleaning product you suspect your cat has consumed on hand, as this will allow the online vet to know exactly what chemicals and ingredients have been consumed.

    For more information about potential pet toxins, read our list of the Top 10 Lesser-known Pet Toxins.

    Many of us like to keep a few houseplants around. It’s comforting to have splashes of green life around the house, especially in the middle of winter. If you’ve got both houseplants and cats, chances are pretty good that you’ve caught your cat gnawing on the plant’s leaves every now and then.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    As obligate carnivores, it can seem strange that a cat would want to eat plants. You may be surprised to learn that it’s not only a natural act, but may also be instinctual. Experts on feline health and behavior have differing opinions about exactly why cats love to munch on plants, but here are the top thoughts:

    1. Cats like the fibrous texture of plants, so chewing on them is simply a fun and pleasurable experience.
    2. Many plants have leaves that wiggle from a breeze of vibrations in the floor. Even the slightest wiggle can activate your cat’s hunting instincts.
    3. Eating green matter often causes cats to vomit. Because of this, cats with upset tummies may eat plants as an instinctual release from discomfort or pain.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    What are the dangers?
    When it comes to houseplants, the dangers go beyond some shredded leaves. Many common houseplants can be poisonous to your cat– resulting in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, and even death.

    If you have a cat, it’s your responsibility to make your home a safe environment. That starts by getting rid of any plants that are toxic to cats. Remember, it’s in your cat’s nature to be curious and cats use their senses of taste and touch to explore their environments. If you’ve got houseplants, chances are good that your cat will give it a nibble at some point. With some plants– lilies, for instance– all it takes is a nibble to put your cat at risk for acute kidney failure.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Take some time to study the ASPCA’s toxic plant list, which can be sorted alphabetically to quickly reference the plants in your home. The list warns against popular plants like lilies, English ivy, and tulips.

    Always keep the 24-hour Animal Poison Control Center number on hand for emergencies. When it comes to poisoning, every second counts.

    How can you keep your cat safe?
    The easiest way to keep your cat safe from toxic houseplants is to understand which ones are toxic and to remove the danger from your home. Never assume that your cat can’t reach a plant on a high shelf or in a window sill. What I’ve learned about cats over the years is that when there is a will there is a way. Why tempt your cat with something so risky?

    Gift your toxic plants to an animal-less friend or family member and replace then with plants that are safe for your cat, just in case she gets curious. In addition to the comprehensive list of toxic plants, the ASPCA has also compiled a list of safe alternatives. The list includes popular houseplants such as spider plants, bamboo palm, and African violets.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick you

    Of course, just because your cat loves nibbling on plants doesn’t mean your beautiful houseplants have to get shredded. Cats can usually be swayed away from undesirable behavior simply by being given a better alternative. Consider growing a pot of cat grass or cat nip for your kitty and leave it in a place that’s easily accessible to her. She may not be as drawn to your potted plant if she has a more alluring and accessible plant of her own.

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    Picture a Maine Coone or American shorthair spotting a fur that looks like a lion.

    Cute right? Cats shaved like lions are no new thing in pet-lovers’ circles.

    And if you feel inspired to let your precious feline rock a lion cut, you need to keep reading.

    A lion cut on cat is a clipping style that leaves fur around the head, tail, and sometimes the legs. Cats with longhaired coats receive the lion cut more than their shorthaired felines. Also, groomers have come up with different variations of the lion cut and they all look chic.

    Before you give your feline a lion cut, you have to be sure this style suits them.

    Though a lion cut on cat has many advantages, like reducing matting and overheating, it can have negative effects if done at the wrong time and on the wrong cut.

    By the end of this read, you will know if a lion cut is the best grooming style for your feline.

    What is a lion cut?

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    A lion cut on cat is a trim that leaves fur on specific places.

    All body hair is trimmed leaving the tail and head untouched.

    There are many variations to the lion cut;

    • You can shave the legs clean and only leave the head and tail with fur
    • You could shave the top half of the leg and leave the paws with ‘hairy boots’
    • Shaving the tail completely and leaving a cute fluffy bush on the tip
    • Shave the belly but live the chest fur as part of the mane
    • Leave a line of fur along the spine. This is called the Dino cut

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    Is a lion cut good for your cat?

    Perhaps you saw a fluffy cut rocking the lion cut and thought to yourself, “I should try this with my cat”.

    So, here are the advantages of giving your cat the famed lion’s cut.

    ❗ Important

    A lion cut suits long-haired cats but short-haired cats can spot it too

    Reduces grooming time

    Short-haired cats are easier to groom compared to their long-haired partners.

    If you never have the time to groom your cat, then trimming their coat down to a lion cut is advisable.

    This reduces grooming time especially if you previously had to groom your cat at least twice a week.

    Reduces matting

    Long-haired cats experiencing the problem of matting coats as well.

    Matts are twists of hairs on the fur coat that can cause pain when pulled.

    If you don’t take care of matting early, it can cause skin damage or open wounds on a cat.

    Trimming the fur coat to a lion’s cut gets rid of matting for good.

    Reduces hairballs

    Cats shed a lot of hair in summer.

    They will constantly leak their coats, while self-grooming, to get rid of stray hair.

    Some of these hairs get swallowed and passed out during excretion.

    But if a cat is swallowing more hair than usual, they end up vomiting hairballs.

    Hairballs can be dangerous especially when they choke the cat or cause bowel obstruction.

    A lion cut on cat helps minimize hairballs in the shedding season.

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  • I just started using Minoxidil 5% today after debating it for a long time because I am deathly worried about the potential risks to my cats.

    For the cat owners out there, what kind of precautions do you take?

    My plan is to only apply it immediately before leaving the house and washing my hair immediately after coming back. I also think I should be extra careful in making sure that the sink/bathtub have been thoroughly rinsed, in case some minute amount of the solution got splashed around while I was cleaning my hands or my hair. I’ve seen my cat lick the drain of the tub before when there is some water left around it.

    Is Minoxidil still dangerous once it dries up? For example, if I splashed some on my clothes by accident and it dried up, would my cat be at risk if he slept on my clothes (he likes to sleep in the laundry hamper)? I read that they can get intoxicated just by walking on it.

    How easily does Minoxidil wash off? It’s oil-based iirc, so water alone won’t do the job, is that correct?

    Do you guys feel its safe to snuggle with the cats after having washed my hair? Obviously I won’t be rubbing my head on them but I’m afraid some trace amounts might still get transferred from me to them.

    Do any of you cat owners use the product at night? I don’t close my bedroom door so I think that is quite dangerous as they can come sleep on my pillow sometimes.

    Sorry for being so paranoid, it’s probably a bigger problem for me than balding. However, I’d really appreciate it if you could share your experiences and advice. If something terrible happens to my cat because of my carelessness, I’ll be sure to lose all my hair within days.

    Characteristics

    Weight: 440-470 grams/15.5-16.6 ounces
    Teeth: Canines and incisors in
    Eyes: Blue
    Ears: Fully upright

    Behavior

    Once kittens grow past four weeks, they’re no longer considered neonatal. If you’ve been raising the kittens for a few weeks already, congratulations—the hardest part is over! Kittens at this age are steady on their feet and hold their tails up. They will start to explore their surroundings more and play frequently with each other, toys, and people.

    As an important milestone, kittens of this age will start weaning. That means they’ll slowly start to eat solid food so they no longer rely on you or their mother cat to feed them. This age is also great for litter box training.

    Feeding

    When kittens are four weeks old, it’s time to start getting serious about the weaning process! Mix kitten formula with wet food and either let the kittens eat it themselves from a dish or feed them the mixture with a kitten-specific bottle. Gradually, adjust the mixture so it’s more wet food and less formula. Once the kittens can eat wet food, start mixing formula with dry food, too. When the kittens are eating solid food like this, make sure you always provide them with water.

    When you are bottle feeding, feed kittens on their stomachs—not their backs—and tilt the bottle. After they’re done eating, you need to burp the kittens. Put them on your shoulder or on their stomachs and pat them gently until they burp. Clean kittens using a warm, damp washcloth after you feed them.

    Feeding frequency:

    Two or three times a day, like an adult cat!

    Bedding:

    Kittens can regulate their own body temperature at four to five weeks old, but you should still provide a source of heat that they can go to as needed. They will most likely be roaming from the nest at this point because they want to explore.

    Bathroom habits:

    Start litter box training, if you haven’t already. Provide the kittens with a small, shallow litter pan with non-clumping litter. Show kittens the litter box and they should quickly start using it out of instinct. To help them out, put in one of the cotton balls that you used to help them urinate.

    For more on caring for kittens younger than four weeks old, including health concerns, go to Caring for Neonatal Kittens.

    Socialization

    Handle the kittens often at this age to encourage their social development. This helps them connect positive experiences with people, which will help to adopt them into new homes. Kittens of this age show interest in their surroundings and interact with their littermates, people, and toys. You can socialize them through:

    Food is a great tool to socialize kittens. When you feed the kittens wet food, stay in the room so they associate you with food and start to trust you. Over time, move the food plate closer to your body while you sit in the room, until the plate is in your lap and the kittens are comfortable crawling on you to get to it.

    Pet the kittens while they’re eating so they stay put and build up to holding the kittens, rewarding them with some canned cat food. Don’t allow the kittens to play with your hand or bite or scratch you—it will teach kittens that biting is OK.

    Playing:

    Playing is an important part of kitten socialization because it helps them bond with each other and build confidence around people. Play with kittens for at least two hours a day (all together or broken up). Take time to socialize each of the kittens in a litter individually. At this age, kittens will love to play with toys and you should encourage that!

    December 15th, 2016 by Karen 11 Comments

    OK, cat ladies, I need to know how far you’d go in your purrsuit of cat lady-ness. Would you go so far as to lick your cat? ?

    [INSERT AWKWARD PAUSE/PAWS HERE]

    This thing is insane! It’s the LICKI Brush, and basically it’s a large silicone tongue-shaped brush with pointy nubs on it that you use to…lick your cat.

    I don’t know if this is the coolest thing ever or one of the most disturbing things ever. I believe it’s supposed to be a kind of bonding experience?

    So my question for you, dear fellow members of the Crazy Cat Lady Tribe, is this: would you do this?!

    Yes or no? WOULD YOU LICK YOUR CAT? ?

    I’m on the fence, but I’m leaning toward yes…or at least secretly giving it a try, LOLZ!

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Yes or No: Would You Lick Your Cat? / Originally published December 15th, 2016

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    Is it ok to let a cat lick youRachel says

    Ummm no. I think petting is good enough!

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youChelsea says

    Mina licks absolutely everyone and everything, so I feel like she’d like this.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youericca says

    no ma’am , no ham and no turkey. I will not do this. the devil is a lie.
    My cat gets finicky quickly and nips at me. I dont want that to be my face. no thanks.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youLaure says

    Found out on my birthday this year that I’m allergic to cats, so definite no. XD

    I’d kinda suspected about the allergy for a long time, but I was in denial, because I don’t want to be allergic to my cats! So even though I still pet them and stuff, I try to limit it and I keep them out of my bedroom. :/

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youClaudia says

    I did as a kid, it was pretty gross and gritty. He was an indoor/outdoor cat. I have one cat who I won’t even kiss on the head because he like to lick the other one’s butt.
    On a different note and an odd request is it at all possible for you to buy and ship me a honey sampler from TJs, I would pay you. The ones in DFW and Tulsa and OKC are all sold out.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youFran says

    LOL! What a hoot, Karen! Since I rub noses with my dwarf hamsters and let them eat a taste of ice cream off my spoon, I assume that I would probably, indeed, lick my cat if I had one — especially with such a handy device as this!

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youMel. B. says

    Why not? Life is short! Show your cat unconditional love.

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youAnnemarie Harrison says

    Karen,
    I have a similar “gizmo” that I use to brush Rose but it’s for your hand so I don’t think this is necessary because your cat doesn’t know that it’s in your mouth versus your hand.(but to be honest, when I first read your post, my initial reaction was YES, because I love my Rosie).
    xoxo
    Anne Marie

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    Is it ok to let a cat lick youSarahc says

    Is it ok to let a cat lick youAmy says

    Uh, no. Too Portlandia. I empathize with the wonderful animals in our lives… but don’t need to emulate their behavior! 😉

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    Ortho Home Defense is an excellent product for killing bugs and insects from your home. Also, it isn’t toxic to the family members. But what about animals?

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    My name is Katie, and I have had different pets at home for as long as I can remember. While I can definitely say I love all animals in general, my heart belongs to cats and dogs. I know you are supposed to choose one or the other, but I could never really decide. I’ve also owned hamsters and fish when I was a kid, and they filled my childhood with very delightful memories.