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Topic: Kissing Cats?
Username: Matt D
Posted 2005-10-24 03:22:01 and read 5865 times.

I don't kiss my cats. But I know some people that do. The cats sometimes kiss me and Jen in the form of licking.

But what I want to know is why do they seem to kiss each other?

Since they are both "fixed" as well as from the same litter (brother and sister), I can't imagine them actually getting amorous with each other.

But you never know.

Anyway, every now and again, I'll see them curled up on the floor with each other, licking each others faces, heads, ears, etc. Then after a few minutes, one of them will hiss or growl or strike at the other, and then one of them will run away. They'll chase each other for a few minutes then plop down on the floor and lick each other some more.

So cat experts....what's the story?

Here's Turbo and Bean from earlier today:

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/CatsKissing1.JPG
http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/CatsKissing2.JPG
http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/CatsKissing3.JPG

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: CaptOveur
Posted 2005-10-24 07:30:14 and read 5818 times.

Sounds like cleaning each other

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Kay
Posted 2005-10-24 07:40:16 and read 5808 times.

You're lucky.

My parents' cats play sometimes with each other, but mostly fight and are very jealous of each other. And this still after 10 years of living in the same house. Maybe because they are of different gender (and with the male sterilized, which is the biggest, most awful crime, which was done before my parents got it  Sad).

Kay

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Monteycarlos
Posted 2005-10-24 07:53:51 and read 5800 times.

Apparently humans shouldn't kiss cats because it increases the risk of heart disease or something like that. Some doctor could probably tell you more but I heard that on the nightly news once...

Funny really.

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Mexicana757
Posted 2005-10-24 07:58:43 and read 5801 times.

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 3):
Apparently humans shouldn't kiss cats because it increases the risk of heart disease or something like that. Some doctor could probably tell you more but I heard that on the nightly news once...

Well I heard the opposite.  spin 

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Andz
Posted 2005-10-24 08:27:15 and read 5788 times.

Looking guilty after being caught in the act LOL

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/IMG_0354.jpg

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Searpqx
Posted 2005-10-24 08:42:37 and read 5782 times.

Quoting Andz (Reply 5):
Looking guilty after being caught in the act LOL

Oh I don't know, that looks like more of a, "What the f**k you looking at" kind of look

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Vikkyvik
Posted 2005-10-24 08:53:44 and read 5777 times.

Yeah it sound like they're just cleaning/grooming each other, which I think is normal behavior. As to the hissing/growling/striking each other after a few minutes, my cat does the same to me. I'll pet him and he'll be happy for 2 or 3 minutes, then suddenly he'll start kicking and biting my hand. It's pretty funny actually.

When he was a kitten, he used to lick us to death. But now he'll lick a couple times then stop, if that. He doesn't have any feline companionship (aside from the cat next door, who's an outdoor female; they have some weird relationship through the screen door. the screen door is coming out worst).

~Vik

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Atco2b
Posted 2005-10-24 10:53:50 and read 5748 times.

Quoting Andz (Reply 5):
Looking guilty after being caught in the act LOL

Lol!

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: JeepBoy
Posted 2005-10-24 11:05:06 and read 5745 times.

Eeeeewww.

Cats and dogs lick their own genitals and their arses. I wouldn't let a cat lick me period. *yuck*

My last cat (who died of old age) was a Blue Point Himalayan and was definitely not affectionate in the sense. He liked getting under the doona (comforter) in winter and sleeping next to me but that was about it.

He never feigned even a slight interst in anything except when I had dinner and he demanded *human food*. So the cat from even an early age ate human food plus supplements.

From the moment he set foot in the house he was called 'maddog' because he was more like a dog than a cat and I used to put a leashe on him and take him for walks with the dog!

jb

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Euclid
Posted 2005-10-24 11:51:44 and read 5731 times.

I read somewhere once that because cats are normally solitary creatures, when two or more cats live together and get along well they will lick each other to make sure their friendship is still standing. Basically the cat doing the licking is saying to the other one: Hey, I'm still your friend and there's no hostile feelings from me to you.

Why they then sometimes start growling at each other as is the case with your cats I do not know, but I can imagine that being licked on the same spot with that rough tongue will start to hurt after a while.

I had a cat that used to love licking my nose and cheeks, and after a few licks it would start to hurt like hell.

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Bill142
Posted 2005-10-24 14:11:37 and read 5703 times.

I have a friend who kisses his cat about as much as he kisses his girlfriend. Its kinda gross.
Kissing animals is gross.

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: NIKV69
Posted 2005-10-24 14:54:59 and read 5683 times.

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 3):
Apparently humans shouldn't kiss cats because it increases the risk of heart disease or something like that. Some doctor could probably tell you more but I heard that on the nightly news once...

Funny really.

No way!  crazy 

My cat head butts me and rubs his head on me. I give him a few kisses sometimes. He is such a people cat. He has only befriended two other cats in his life, he mostly fights with any at that comes around the house. He has had some classic brawls.

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: YooYoo
Posted 2005-10-24 15:29:50 and read 5674 times.

Quoting JeepBoy (Reply 9):
Eeeeewww.

Cats and dogs lick their own genitals and their arses. I wouldn't let a cat lick me period. *yuck*

Do i have to direct you to the "Oral Sex" thread currently in non av? Big grin

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: ScarletHarlot
Posted 2005-10-24 18:48:54 and read 5651 times.

I kiss my cats all the time and they "kiss" me (sniff my lips). It's not gross at all. Cats have antiseptic saliva so they can clean their bums without getting sick. I don't kiss them right after they've cleaned their bums but at any other time, why not? I love them.

As for them licking each other, it does sound like social behaviour and grooming. Walker and Jefferson groom each other all the time. Walker will grab Jefferson's head and aggressively groom him. Sometimes this leads to a fight. Most times, Furss will start grooming him gently back and they settle in for a nap.

Furss will sometimes go up to Emily and very tentatively groom her head. She looks at him very suspiciously. He doesn't do it for very long.

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Gkirk
Posted 2005-10-24 18:51:51 and read 5648 times.

My cats love having their bellies tickled Big grin

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: BR076
Posted 2005-10-24 20:24:17 and read 5622 times.

Not exactly on topic, but this is so cute Big grin

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Boeing4ever
Posted 2005-10-24 20:50:03 and read 5603 times.

No offense BR076, but it looks more to me like that big cat has a Micheal Jackson complex!  crazy   Silly Big grin  Smile

 airplane B4e-Forever New Frontiers airplane 

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Matt D
Posted 2005-10-24 21:01:30 and read 5596 times.

I heard the same thing....that both cats and dogs have antiseptic saliva, licking their privates notwithstanding. I guess it's to help heal wounds in the wild-hence the term "licking your wounds".

So if that's the case, if I get a cut-would it be better to let a cat lick it then simply do nothing or run it under water?

Topic: RE: Kissing Cats?
Username: Doona
Posted 2005-10-24 21:12:23 and read 5593 times.

Quoting Matt D (Reply 18):
I guess it's to help heal wounds in the wild-hence the term "licking your wounds".

And of course just keeping clean in general. When a dog or cat cleans his/her *hrm* private parts, they're sure as hell alot cleaner than we are after having done an hour and a half on the can.

Cheers
Mats


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