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!

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Hello there, Sharkey.  You want to know what Tang and I are doing?

1 Hello there, Sharkey. You want to know what Tang and I are doing?

We're doing something that you Frenchies should take care of a little more often.

2 We're doing something that you Frenchies should take care of a little more often.

It's called grooming oneself!

3 It's called grooming oneself!

Healthy cats spend 8-15% of their waking hours grooming, which, when you think about it, really isn't very much.

4 Healthy cats spend 8-15% of their waking hours grooming, which, when you think about it, really isn't very much.

What?  You rarely groom?  That seems rather uncivilized!

5 What? You rarely groom? That seems rather uncivilized!

I suppose the two of us could give you some pointers.

6 I suppose the two of us could give you some pointers.

When we cats groom, backward pointing spikes on our tongues function much like the teeth of a comb.

7 When we cats groom, backward pointing spikes on our tongues function much like the teeth of a comb.

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!
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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! .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Until then, we will just have to keep our distance!

12 Until then, we will just have to keep our distance!

Comments (7)

  • Hello Ladies,
    Let those pesty cats groom themselves and lick and groom. YUK!!! We Frenchies get the spa treatment and have parents that bathe and brush us. Who wants hairballs in your stomach anyhow? Today I am helping Mom wrap gifts. I supervise and rest alot and she wraps. I am getting excited for the big fat man in the redsuit like you Zoe. I smell lots of things coming from a sack in one of the bedrooms. Friends have brought by some stuffed toys so far. Great fun I must say--Martha Stewart Snowmen.

    Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I guess my Mommy was right; Chow Chows are somewhat like a cat. I sleep a lot and often, when awake, I groom myself. Now I usually pull the hair out of my legs and feet using my front teeth. When I work on my other parts, I find that I cannot reach all of them; that’s what my toenails are for. When finished, one can often find hair where I was. That’s why Mommy keeps a large towel on the floor where I like to lay. It catches all the loose hair. The best part of the day, apart from walking with Daddy, is when I am brushed. Feels so gooooood. Think I’ll hint about the brush right now.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • OMG my favorite post so far! Nothing is better than watching a tutorial on cat grooming!

    Looks like they missed a spot down yonder! :)

    love you

    gail

  • Well Sharkey I hate to break the news...Empress Tang and Princess Peony ARE over the top!
    Actually that was a bit over the top what Tang said, I mean barely tolerate you? not very good manners is it? After all you and Francesca GET groomed, so who's fault is that? I doubt seriously you Frenchies are not clean and good smelling, after all...it is the MS household that you live in and I see nothing out of place or bad smelling, not even dogs or cats.

    As for our household, it finally has calmed down, Kitty and Kyle play now and Annie the grandog is being tolerated...so all is good.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., This was a fascinating blog for me because when I was a baby, I lived outside for eleven months with a friendly cat who taught me how do do everything that cats do. After my Mom adopted me, she noticed how much I loved cats and behaved very much like a cat. Don't get me wrong, I still love dogs and would dearly love to meet the three of you as well as all five of your cats. Hope you are all having a delightful day! Love, Dudley
    Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi girls. I guess us shih tzu's are like cats we cean each pther especially the ears!!Mom is always telling us to stop or we will get ear infections! Delia I was wrong about who had the grand shih tzu guess I need to bring my glasses, so how do you like having a shih tzu around .My mom says we are not like the average dog we are Little Hooligans!!Its almost Christmas my favorite day Toys toys toys!!

  • Three days before Christmas
    and all through the house,
    the Gatos are prowling
    and the Frenchies are put out...

    Oh what drama there is in Bedford right before Santa Paws makes his appearance. :grin: Thanks for the lesson Princess Peony but I do believe that Sharkey, Francesca, and GK and wonderfully groomed as well. I think you're just trying to get them all riled up and in trouble before you-know-who arrives. :wink:

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