Why do cats lick themselves so much?
Adult cats spend up to 50 per cent of their waking hours grooming, according to veterinarian Dr Cynthia McManis. Read on to discover the surprising reasons your cat spends so much of its time licking.
To protect against predators
Cats instinctively clean away food and additional odour-causing agents so they will not be detected by potentially threatening animals.
To cool down
Cats sweat a little from their paws, but they mostly rely on saliva evaporation on their fur to maintain normal body temperature. Grooming controls around one-third of a cat’s cooling process.