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Cats Grooming Each Other — 12 Comments

  1. Great subject.
    I think my biggest groomer here is Lionel, a semi-feral huge long haired orange tabby boy.
    He, usually, lies down beside another boy, smashes him to the ground with his big ole paw and starts – almost like he’s saying, You’re getting a bath whether you like it or not, goddam it!”

  2. It’s so nice to see cats together grooming each other and to see cats and dogs getting on so well, lovely pics and video, I enjoyed them.

  3. There is nothing more relaxing than watching cats grooming one another. I HAD to make this video a few years ago- and I would love to share it here.. enjoy- Warning: This video causes extreme drowsiness. Do not watch while operating machinery.

    video still of two Oriental Shorthair cats

    • My Lilly is the groomer in my house. She grooms the other two and sleeps with them both. Molly sometimes comes and lies down next to her and asks for licks when she feels the need – and usually Lilly goes along with it.

      Gizzy sounds like my Lilly – more active in taking care of the other cats. πŸ™‚

      • Marc, do you think that some cats can be more inclined to be givers and some cats more inclined to be receivers just as is the case with people? It seems to be like that.

  4. What happened at the end of the video. Why did you bop Furby over the head? Did you think he was getting in the mood to play by doing a play-neck-bite? And you wanted to stop that because Sammy is too small. That is how I read it.

    • Because he was being rude and I wanted him to look at the camera. His expression was priceless. He also jumps that way when he’s about to cause trouble and is caught. We’ve always had to watch him about rough play. Cujo referees any bad behavior these days and jump in if he thinks 2 cats are playing too rough. Usually Jasper and Sammy.

        • Mandy does but no one else. I like to keep a video short and I want the cat to look right into the camera to end it. Furby’s a brat sometimes.

          I tapped him in the head for the homemade cat food video too. He doesn’t trust me anymore unless I’m about to eat then he kisses up big time.

  5. Thanks for the article Elisa.

    β€œwhat does the licking cat get out of the activity?”

    The big question is whether it is unconditional. Whether the cat doing the grooming does it as a pure gift with no ulterior motive or self-interest. in other words does the giving cat expect the receiving cat to groom him in return in the future?

    My answer to that question is that the giving cat does so unconditionally. It is a pure act of friendship and a part of group living. A form of mutual support, which does bring indirect benefits because the group or partnership is strengthened and that make improves survival.

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