At this point, either the first cat will continue to groom the second on his or her own, or the second cat will join in, grooming the first cat back until the two begin licking and grooming one another for a little while. Allogrooming — or social grooming between two or more members of the same species — is something that many species do. There are a number of things we know to be true about allogroming in domestic cats.
More information is available at Sniksnak's Pawprints and Purrs Why do cats? W hy does your cat wash your hair or face? The first thing a kitten experiences, even before it can see, is its mother licking and washing.
Licking is part of grooming; a mother cat will clean up her kittens with her tongue right after birth and continue to groom them in this way in the following weeks. So to have your cat groom you, you can be sure that your cat has affection for you and you are someone that she or he is comfortable to be with. If your cat has never licked you does it mean she has no affection for you?
He also licks things like plastic bags and hard plastic in general. Sometimes the licking with Bjorn got to be a little too much for me to be happy. If I let him continue to lick for half an hour, he likely would. Many of these reasons overlap, and while some may be more true than others in the moment, I do think they all do quite well at explaining away this pretty common cat behaviour altogether.
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