Why Do Cats Lick Their Feet After They Eat?

By Category: Cat Behavior, Why Cats Lick Their Feet
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Have you noticed that your cats lick their feet after they eat? There’s a reason why we do that!

Like this one, cats lick their feet after they eat to create a washcloth for their faces.

Does your cat lick her foot after she eats? She’s doing that for a reason!

Why do cats lick their feet after they eat, Thomasina? Mine always licks a front foot. Just wondering why he does that.
— Curious

Hi, Curious!
Cats lick their feet after they eat because we like to wash our faces after we’ve had a meal or even just a snack. One of the great things about being a cat is that we come equipped with a built-in napkin and washcloth. That’s one of the things our front feet are for!

When your cat licks his front foot and leg, he’s getting them damp so he can rub them against his face and get all the crumbs off. You know how neat we are, and we’d hate walking around with little bits of tuna stuck in our whiskers. Ugh…

Watch your cat sometime. You’ll see that we have a whole routine for eating. It goes like this.

1. Find food (either in a bowl or in the woods).
2. Eat.
3, Wash our faces and maybe take a whole bath.
4. Curl up somewhere cozy and take a nap.

I love to hunt, but I actually prefer my food in my whisker-friendly bowl. Eating’s a lot neater that way!

No... Please don't shave your cat! Take it from me.…