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Kittens groom each other, and older cats who aren’t related but get along well also spend time grooming one another. It’s not easy to retrain a cat who has gotten used to performing a habitual behavior such as licking. About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. I already knew that cats groom each other for this purpose and also sometimes out of showing respect.
My cats are almost 15 yrs old and have spent more time laying around grooming each other as the years have gone by. In the case of my cats, my male cat will lick his sister’s ears until she turns and hits him, walks away, and looks annoyed. So while this can be bizarre or gross or just weird to us, scientifically looking at the reasons why puts it all in perspective.
I know that ear wax contains vitamins that are very beneficial to rabbits, I suppose the same would apply to cats. Often they’ll get the spots that are hard for a cat to reach by themselves, such as the top of the head and inside the ears.


The papillae help cats rasp meat off bones, and they also assist in grooming by acting like a comb to pull out loose fur and dirt.
Remember to stay gentle and avoid yelling or intense physical reactions like shoving your cat, tossing her off your lap, or (heaven forbid) hitting her.
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Mother cats will groom their kittens to clean them, spread a community scent, and to promote healthy digestion.
Sure, they will groom each other’s heads but they always focus on the ears to the point where I have two cats with very pink inner ears! Cats have about 500 taste buds and to compensate for the lack of taste buds, their scent receptors far outweigh ours. Cats often lick each other both to clean hard to reach spots, and as a kind of social bonding. If your cat likes catnip, slip a catnip-filled kicker toy in front of her when she’s about to lick you. Not only that, but the chemicals released during exercise help your cat to relax and feel content.


Kittens will lick their mother as a sign of respect, especially if they lick her muzzle and head. I wondered if most cats (and it seems dogs) groom ears with this level of enthusiasm and did some homework. The scent of earwax with its protein content draws them towards it and so they will lick another cat’s ears. It was pretty clear my male cat had become overzealous while licking her and made her angry. This is because a cat's ears have pinnae, or ear cones, that turn in all directions like radar.



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