December 22nd, 2010
A Lesson in Grooming - Pulease!
Posted by Sharkey
I was walking through the house the other day when I happened upon Empress Tang and Princess Peony. I swear, those two cats think they are so wonderful and over the top. But what they really are is so annoying!
1 Hello there, Sharkey. You want to know what Tang and I are doing?
2 We're doing something that you Frenchies should take care of a little more often.
3 It's called grooming oneself!
4 Healthy cats spend 8-15% of their waking hours grooming, which, when you think about it, really isn't very much.
5 What? You rarely groom? That seems rather uncivilized!
6 I suppose the two of us could give you some pointers.
7 When we cats groom, backward pointing spikes on our tongues function much like the teeth of a comb.
8 Those spikes rake debris from our coats and pull out loose fur, like this. That action prevents mats that can cause abscesses and skin infections. Yuk!
9 It's very important to lift up the hind legs, like this, and get every little spot! Licking also fluffs up our coats, which helps to keep us warm during these cold winter months.
10 Once we master the art grooming ourselves, we began to groom each other. That's a behavior known as allogrooming. You Frenchies should help each other out that way.
11 I hope you were paying attention, Sharkey! Peony and I can barely tolerate you and Franny. If you were more concerned about cleanliness, you might move up a notch in our thinking.
12 Until then, we will just have to keep our distance!
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