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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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What does it mean when cats groom each other? Just curious...
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Its definitely bonding behaviour,whether that be maternal or just a favour between friends
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So if two cats aren't grooming, have they not bonded?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 02:45 PM
 
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Not at all. It doesn't mean theres no bond there, and there are other bonding behaviours, like playing, eating and sleeping together. All cats are different and display different behaviours.

But cats who do groom each other are definitely very close.

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it's essentially a kitten-kitten or mother-kitten behavior carried into adulthood due to arrested development in domesticated cats. it is a pleasurable experience to both the groomer and the groomee.
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it's essentially a kitten-kitten or mother-kitten behavior carried into adulthood due to arrested development in domesticated cats. it is a pleasurable experience to both the groomer and the groomee.
I'm not sure Kitty would say it's a pleasureable experience. When Thomas is grooming her (paws wrapped around her head to hold her still) she sits there looking very stoic while he licks away.

Thomas seems to love it though when she cleans him. He's always trying to stick his head close to hers to get her to clean him.
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Do Thomas and Kitty get along? I was under the impression that they didn't. If two cats don't get along (only tolerate each other), will they groom each other still?
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Do Thomas and Kitty get along? I was under the impression that they didn't. If two cats don't get along (only tolerate each other), will they groom each other still?
They fight all the time. But they WILL groom each other and sleep together. The only signs of hope in my world. : )

I think that if they hated each other they wouldn't do it. In my opinion, Kitty and Thomas are like...a brother and sister with a 20 year age difference, where the younger brother is a loud music playing, wild and crazy, rude teenager and the older sister is matronly and staid. They still love each other and will hug each other and stuff, but do not get along well.
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What if you got another kitten, so Thomas wouldn't harass Kitty all the time?
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What if you got another kitten, so Thomas wouldn't harass Kitty all the time?
I've thought about it...I'm just not sure it would help the situation. And I'd hate to make it worse, you know?

I saw a cat that would have been perfect. A male, same age and size (big - 13 lbs) as Thomas who they said was very active and who's best buddy at the foster home was a little tiny kitten. They said he played with her all the time and was very gentle. And the cats that didn't want to play with this boy who hissed at him, he just ignored. But...at the time, Kitty's fur had just started growing back in....so, I didn't want to disturb that process. So I passed on him...and he's since been adopted out.
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