Grooming Kitten – CUTE CAT VIDEO【VIDEOS】
Most cats are neatniks, and spend up to 50 percent of their awake time indulging in some form of cat grooming. However, grooming is learned by copy-cat behavior during kittenhood. So if the mom-cat is a slob, chances are Junior may get a bit dingy and care less about his appearance. Kittens learn to lick themselves by two weeks of age and are washing by the time they’re weaned.
Grooming does more than keep the cat looking good. It maintains healthy skin by stimulating the production of sebum, an oily secretion produced by sebaceous glands at the base of each hair. Licking spreads sebum over the hair coat to lubricate and waterproof the fur, and make it shine. It also removes loose hair and prevents mats, and removes dirt and parasites like fleas.
Grooming is a barometer of feline health. An unthrifty appearance can signal illness in a cat, and those older kitties with arthritis may be unable to pretzel themselves enough to stay pristine. Emotional or physical illness may trigger excessive grooming behavior such as licking a painful area bald.
Cats can’t sweat to cool themselves. While dogs pant to cool off, a cat that pants (open mouth breathing) is in DIRE STRAITS and needs veterinary help. Instead of panting to cool off, cats rely on the saliva spread on the fur. It evaporates to help cool the kitty in hot weather. Well groomed fur can be fluffed to allow air circulation against the skin.
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