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why does a cat lick their paws


Asked by Member 907155 on Nov 1st 2009 in Adoption & Rescue
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Coralie Grace

Usually to clean them. Some cats chew on their nails to keep them short. Also sometimes cats experiencing trouble with allergies will chew their pads. If that is whats going on your kitty needs to see a vet.


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Minuit AKA Miss Meany

There are a few reasons why a cat will lick his paws.
Keeping them clean, even using them as a washcloth to clean the face. I think that's really cute.
Allergies or food sensitivities.
Arthritis can cause a older cat to lick the paws more.
Comfort, some cats find it very soothing.

If the licking becomes a problem, such as sores or hair loss it's time to see a vet.


Minuit AKA Miss Meany answered on 11/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer