Cats are curious and use their senses to examine everything that comes into their world. Take the sense of taste: It’s definitely one that gives us particular information about an object. It lets us know if something has a pleasing taste and helps us form opinions about the food we eat and the beverages we drink.
Cats are also tasters — sometimes I think full-on supertasters. They’re real! Seriously, there are people in this world who experience taste in a way more intense way than most of us do. I think cats might be supertasters because they seem to go bananas over some of their favorite lick-worthy objects.
Here are six of them.
I know from communicating with other cat lovers that the whole cats-and-plastic thing is pretty common. Of course we have to be careful and make sure they aren’t licking anything dangerous, and put away those plastic bags with handles on them. Even when I think I’m being conscientious about my plastic storage, Phoebe will find something. She’s a plastic fanatic, but bubble wrap is her total jam.
2. Wastebasket treasures
Cats love exploring piles of stuff, so when a wastebasket mysteriously tips, the treasure hunting begins! I’ve discovered cats enjoy licking granola bar wrappers, Post-it notes, and the bag liner itself. Sometimes Phoebe makes off with a crumpled Post-it note, and I find it days later behind the sofa. In addition to the opportunity for licking a myriad of items, wastebaskets also expose objects that are fun to bat around the room. You know: spent pens, old lip balm tubes, used tissues. Good times.
3. Anything that’s around the “lick button”
Saffy has a magical spot on her side. She does! When I scratch a particular area, she begins licking whatever is closest to her. Sometimes it’s my hand, but she’s been known to flat-out lick the air. The whole thing reminds me of how a dog’s leg goes crazy when his belly is scratched a certain way. Saffy will continue to lick until I stop scratching her on that spot. We call it her “lick button.”
4. Toilet condensation
Most of us don’t think of toilets and think “yummy!” However, cats enjoy a little condensation happy-hour now and again. When the weather is just right and the toilet tank “sweats,” little beads of water dot the porcelain throne, and the cats move in to get some of that.
5. My son’s mattress
Phoebe spends a good deal of time in my 17-year-old son’s room. If you are familiar with the sights and smells of a teenage boy’s room, you probably understand the draw. There are piles of dirty clothes to lie on, socks to smell, and mattresses to lick. Yep — Phoebe enjoys licking my son’s twin mattress. When the sheets come off for washing (an occasional occurrence), she moves to all corners of the mattress and starts going at it with her tongue. We’ve even flipped the mattress, and she does the same thing. She must like the feel of the fabric or something. Mattress-licker.
6. Wrought iron
My Cosmo is an interesting fellow. He mostly spends his time stalking me, sitting on me, or dreaming about me. In the morning, we wake up together and he starts walking around the bed. His first stop is the wrought iron footboard — and there he’ll linger until I pull him away with the promise of breakfast, which I think would taste a lot better than the rough footboard. He licks so much that his mouth fills with drool, and his chin becomes sopping wet. That rough surface must be a total turn-on to his senses. I admit it: I licked the wrought iron once, just to see what all the fuss was about. Nothing. Must be an acquired taste.
What objects are your cats obsessed with licking? Tell us about it in the comments!
Read more by Angie Bailey:
- “Hello, My Name is Angie, and I’m a Cat-Huffer”
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- The Pros and Cons of My Cats as Health Care Providers
About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.