Can cat grooming keep your cat healthy?

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Mother cats instinctively groom their newborn kittens to ensure that the babies are breathing, and to remove the afterbirth fluids from their fur. They will continue to wash them during their early weeks. The mother cat's cleaning of the abdominal and anal areas after feeding encourages the kittens to eliminate waste. It also teaches them how to groom themselves.

Cats will groom each other in a gesture of affection or protection. Some areas, such as their own faces, ears and the tops of their heads, are difficult for cats to clean, and they will rely on a buddy or sibling to lend a tongue.

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