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Why does my male cat lick the seat cushions on my sofa?

My cat does this too, i think it is either because we may have spilt something there in the past and they can still smell it (they have wonderful noses for things like that) or it also has something to do with them smelling us which is comforting to them. As you know the nose and mouth are linked and so i think that licking helps to smell the smell and also if it smells of you licking is a sign of bonding, so it's like they are licking you.

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Kate Tilmouth


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