Thursday, 21 July 2016

Cats’ cleaning habits

Have you checked out the Simon’s Cat Logic series of videos? Creator Simon Tofield and Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow team up to talk about one of the Simon’s Cat videos and explain why cats do what they do.

In the latest video in the series, they’re exploring Simon’s Cat’s behaviour in the video ‘Pawtrait’ and telling us about grooming.



Simon talks about his black cat Teddy who he grooms to remove grass seeds from his fur. “He loves to go stalking through long grass and he’ll come back covered in little grass seeds,” he explains. “I’m forever combing him with a little flea comb to get the little grass seeds out, which he loves! He loves the extra attention.” He adds: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes out in that field especially to get groomed afterwards.”

Nicky says: “Cats spend about 10% of their waking time grooming. They have a reputation for being fastidiously clean and they tend to clean themselves when they first wake up.

“Cats will actually groom in a particular order. If you’ve ever watched your cat you may notice they all start with their head so they will wash their paws to then wash their face; and then they’ll systematically work through their body before finishing with their tail.”

If you want to learn more about cat behaviour, check out our free e-learning guide: Understanding Feline Origins.

Does your cat enjoy grooming? Tell us on Twitter @catsprotection and use the hashtag #SimonsCatLogic

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