Why Do Cats Lick People's Hair?

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Some of the reasons that have been proposed as to why your cat might lick your hair is well maybe they just like the taste, maybe you have a hair product, maybe they like the flavor of our own secretion on our hair, maybe it's just a question of taste. Find out why cats lick people's hair with help from a well respected doctor in this free video clip.

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I am Dr. Jeffrey Levy, house call vet, NYC and this is why do cats lick people's hair. My clients often ask me why does my cat try to lick my hair. So we're going to try to explore some of the answers as to the why behind this very amusing behavior. Some of the reasons that have been proposed as to why your cat might lick your hair is well maybe they just like the taste, maybe you have a hair product, maybe they like the flavor of our own secretion on our hair, maybe it's just a question of taste. Cats also exhibit nesting behavior. I've seen many cats who get excited when they are on the floor with some crepe paper and they build little nests. Well maybe they are trying to do the same thing with your hair. Your cat may also engage in kneading behavior where a cat will press its paws against you in an attempt to bond with you or even claim you as part of their territory. In addition cats are uniquely attracted to hair because if its bounce. Cats enjoy the wiggliness as if it was a predator/prey relationship. A more far fetched theory might be that cats are exhibiting pica, that's p i c a, a metabolic phenomenon where cats have unusual and odd cravings for inanimate objects. So if your cats licks your hair, I hope these answers helped to solve your curiosity.

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