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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-10-2007, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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My mom's Persians are obsessive self-groomers. It's pretty much their default activity, at any given moment when you look at them they're licking away at themselves. It's not really a huge cause for concern because they don't seem to have any skin conditions as a result, although sometimes they get little scabs.

The stranger thing is how wet they are when you touch them after they've been grooming themselves - they're not soaking, but they're definitely damp. My cats aren't like that at all, when I touch them even if they've just been licking themselves it doesn't feel wet at all.

My mom wonders if because their little nasal passages are so squished, they use more saliva when they groom themselves? But they aren't drooly normally, when they aren't grooming. They do seem to drink an awful lot though, more than my cats do.

Which pair of cats are the odd ones out, mine or my mom's? Are your cats damp when you pet them after they've groomed themselves?
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Most of the time I don't really notice, it seems to be small sections at a time, but last night Charlee was just WET when she came over to snuggle with me. ewwww

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I noticed this with my cats, mainly when the big girls groom the two kittens... they end up really damp, and smelling of drool

The funny thing is, when they groom themselves, none of the cats ends up damp like this. Weird. Maybe the girls, being adults, have bigger tongues and more saliva? That would jive with the idea of your cats having more saliva... not sure whether the short noses would make a cat have more saliva, though.

Maybe someone with a Persian here will know
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Re: damp kitties

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My mom's Persians are obsessive self-groomers. It's pretty much their default activity, at any given moment when you look at them they're licking away at themselves. It's not really a huge cause for concern because they don't seem to have any skin conditions as a result, although sometimes they get little scabs.

The stranger thing is how wet they are when you touch them after they've been grooming themselves - they're not soaking, but they're definitely damp. My cats aren't like that at all, when I touch them even if they've just been licking themselves it doesn't feel wet at all.

My mom wonders if because their little nasal passages are so squished, they use more saliva when they groom themselves? But they aren't drooly normally, when they aren't grooming. They do seem to drink an awful lot though, more than my cats do.

Which pair of cats are the odd ones out, mine or my mom's? Are your cats damp when you pet them after they've groomed themselves?
Tiger is ALWAYS cleaning himself, he feels damp and the only time he feels very wet is when he sneaks in the shower with me lol.
The theory about the nasal passages is a good one by the way!

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