Do Cats Really Get Clean By Licking Themselves
Fortunately for cats the process of keeping clean is significantly easier than it is for people. No accessories are required, like soap and shampoo, and running water like a shower is not necessary. All that kittens and cats need to keep themselves clean are their teeth and tongues
Licking is an effective mode of hygiene for cats. Their teeth function as a way to handle persistent dirt, while their sand paper like tongues efficiently moisten and lick their coats. Lastly, their paws are used as loofahs or cleansing cloths.
Cats often spend up to half of their days occupied by grooming, keeping themselves clean and fresh. However, some felines can take it a bit too far. Although licking keeps them clean, too much of it can bring upon undesirable consequences – like severe itchiness, open sores and even loss of fur so you should monitor this!
For the most part, cats lick themselves as a means to stay clean. However, in some cases frequent grooming can also point to another problem -- STRESS! Some common culprits behind kitty stress are lack of attention, the introduction of another household animal, separation anxiety and environmental changes. If you notice your cat is grooming herself a little too frequently, take the time to evaluate what may be going on in her life.
Finally, as a rule cats usually don't require human intervention when it comes to bathing. However, there are exceptions especially if your furry friend ventures outside a lot. If your cat accidentally steps into dog mess on the sidewalk, for example, or likes to roll in her prey, you definitely might want to step in and give your cat a bath!