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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Why do cats lick themselves after eating?

I don't know if other peoples' cats do this but both Barnaby and Baxter lick (clean) themselves after eating their canned food meal. After dry food they don't.

If anything I would think this would be the most unlikely time they would want to clean themselves after just filling their mouths with stinky wet food, but they always do.

Does anyone else's cats do this and do you know of any reasoning behind it?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 07:16 PM
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My cats do that and I was just assuming they were cleaning themselves off after eating. After all, they've got their faces stuck in a food bowl, I suppose some of it gets on their face. Is my assumption wrong?

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 07:18 PM
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They clean it so their enemies won't know that they've eaten or track them down! (No, really I think this is the reason.)
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 07:27 PM
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that does make sense. thanks...

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 08:01 PM
 
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Mine do the same thing, especially with wet canned food. I have not noticed them doing so with dry food.

Just another trait I have a perfect cat definition for: WEIRD

To humans that is...
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 11:41 PM
 
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Mine do the same thing, but I have no idea why.
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