I had a couple of human questions I have decided to address this month. Not that I really have any answers. But it’s the humans’ fault for asking silly things.
I have two awesome cats. Floppy has been with me since he rescued me nine years ago and about a year ago my wife and I adopted a kitten, Lady Grey from a local rescue. She loves to play, as we would expect from a kitten, but she does have one strange habit; she loves to lick our fingers and noses. If your hand gets near her head for any length of time she will start licking and won’t stop until you take it away. I can find nothing on the internet to let me know if this is normal or a problem of some sort, and Floppy has never done this. Our vet says Lady Grey is in great health, so it wouldn’t appear to be a problem but any advice on this would be most appreciated.
Honestly, I would pass this question along to Binga because she does the same thing but she does not see anything unusual about it. And while there are a lot of human-created theories, there is no real answer. Some so-called “experts” believe that cats develop this habit if they were weaned too early as kittens, which does not explain the cats who do this who after many years, still live with their feline moms (I ran across this scenario when I was searching for an answer for your question). Binga does it because she gets positive reinforcement from the humans for doing so. She used to accompany her incessant licking with a good, solid bite now and again, but since she did not get positive reinforcement for that, she does not bite as often… although I notice that the humans tend to keep her away from their noses. The licking thing, I would say (at least in Binga’s case, and in the case of many other cats who lick) is 50% affection, 40% compulsion and 10% because you just finished eating something tasty. As long as Lady Grey seems happy with her routine and has not gravitated towards any bad habits such as sucking on fabric or eating strange things (which could indicate a medical problem), I don’t see a problem here.
For the record, I do not lick my human. She tastes icky.
Do you know why after my cats poop, they run around the house like insane cats — flattening themselves out, crazy eyes, circle jumps… they don’t do that when they pee. Thank you for any insight into this funny but strange mystery.
You mean humans don’t do this? I think that is a more curious habit — not dashing around exuberantly after using the facilities. A little uptight, are you? No sense of fun? I don’t get human bathroom habits at all — the whole shutting the bathroom door thing, not using litter, the flushing in lieu of proper covering up… it’s all so quirky and does not seem at all natural. I think you humans should look into your own bathroom habits before judging ours!
Seriously, there is no answer for your question. At least none that would be understandable to humans. It is perfectly natural behavior for a lot of kitties and something we never thought of questioning ourselves. As long as your cat has normal bowel movements (not too soft or too hard), does not seem in pain, does not stop to lick himself frequently in between mad dashes (which indicates either pain or perhaps one of those annoying cling-ons), and uses his litter box and not some random spot, then he is just being himself. If you ever do suspect anything is amiss, ask a vet.