Arianwen and I were playing a few nights ago, when she was hungry. Well, she got carried away and scratched my eye. Not on the cornea, luckily, but it hurt a little.
I know, the thread title says "Sweet Little Tiger. "
I named it that because of what she did afterward. She stopped, and looked a bit scared, then she looked really intently at my eye, and kissed it. She very softly licked my eye with the smooth front part of her tongue. She made it stop hurting.
The following night my eye hurt some, and she "kissed it better" again. It stopped hurting after that. And again, when my back started hurting, she "asked" me in kitty language if it was my eye. The little sweetheart remembered what she did, and felt bad about it. She has been very affectionate since then, too.
I haven't had any trouble with the eye at all. Is it possible she really did "kiss it better"? Does kitties' saliva have healing properties?
I know they instinctively lick their own wounds, and they would not have evolved that behavior if it didn't help them.
I know that kitties can consciously decide if a scratch they give will get infected or not. I have experienced that many times.
Is she willfully helping my eye to heal? I think so.