If it seems like your favorite feline spends most of his waking hours grooming himself, you are probably right. Cats typically spend anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of their time grooming themselves, and this is considered normal behavior for them.
In respect to this, why is my cat cleaning himself so much?
Cats will lick an area if it is itchy or painful. Typically, baldness around the tail head may be caused by fleas, while cats with pollen or food allergies may lick their flanks or abdomen. Excessive grooming can also be caused by cystitis, hyperthyroidism, and anal sac problems.
Why do cats groom themselves so much?
Cooling down. Although they have some sweat glands in their paws, cats don't sweat like we do when it gets too hot. By dampening their fur with saliva, cats help themselves to cool down when the weather is extra-warm. If your cat isn't grooming herself, it's time for a trip to the vet.
How can you tell if your cat is stressed?
Here are some signs of stress you'll want to watch out for in your cat, especially if they occur suddenly.
- Urinating Outside Litter Box.
- Diarrhea, Constipation or other Digestive Issue.
- Excessive Grooming.
- Excessive Scratching.
- Excessive Vocalization.
- Decrease in Appetite.
- Increased Sleeping.