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Why do cats lick themselves?

Posted on August 21, 2020 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you know why your cat licks itself?

There’s a few reasons why cats spend so much time grooming themselves:

1) At the base of the cat’s hairs are sebaceous glands, these glands secrete an oil. When the cat licks itself it stimulates the glands to produce this oil. The cat will then move this oil across itself coat with it’s tongue. The oil helps with waterproofing and keeps the coat in a good condition.

2) It helps get rid of dirt and debris in their coat.

3) It can help prevent parasitic infestation.

4) Grooming removes dead and loose hair which would otherwise led to matting.

5) A little layer of saliva can help keep them cool.

6) While cats are predators of mice and birds, they are also a prey animal for larger animals. Cleaning themselves removes the smell of food from them which would otherwise give away their location.

7) It can act a self-soothing mechanism, grooming feels nice to your cat, so can help relieve stress.

Keep an eye on your cat so you know how much it generally spends time grooming itself. if you notice your under/over-grooming itself please take it to vet.

Signs of under-grooming include a matted or greasey coat, a smell, dandruff.

Signs of over-grooming include bald patches, sores and rashes.

 

Adding to our little flock.

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM Comments comments (0)
We have just added 2 new hens to our little group of Warrens.  We got a Light Sussex pullet and a Silver Sussex pullet.  They have been named Colin and Tiny by the children!  They are beatiful, happy and healthy girls.
We got them from a small holding couple in Skipton (featherspoultry.co.uk).  The couple were lovely, clearly very fond of their hens and incredibly knowledgeable, not to mention patient with me and my two boys.
The chooks seem to be settling in nicely with the other 3 (Dimples, Mellow and Freaky Beaky).

Recruiting dog walkers, pet sitters and homeboarders

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (0)
We are starting to recruit dog walkers, pet sitters and homeboarders. If you feel you have the qualities to be part of a luxury dog walking and pet sitting service please get in touch to arrange an interview.

George the Syrian Hamster is coming

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)
We are looking forward to the arrival of George the Syrian Hamster for an extended holiday.  He is a hamster who is used to receiving lots of cuddles and handling and this will continue during his stay.