r/cats Aug 24 '22 Silver 10 Gold 1 Helpful 7 Wholesome 8 Keep Calm 1 Heartwarming 4 Beating Heart 1

Why does my cat, whom I’ve had for 10 years, lick my baby? He doesn’t lick my older 2 kids (4 & 6yo), but I can’t get him to stop licking my baby. Cat Picture

Post image
29.1k Upvotes

6.1k

u/s2l- Aug 24 '22

congradulations, your baby has a guard cat

431

u/13rokendreamer Aug 24 '22

The origin of the meowgli series

1.1k

u/Ms_ChiChi_Elegante Aug 24 '22

once the baby is ready to walk...they will take on the world!

198

u/I_devour_your_pets Aug 25 '22

Before that, lick your baby to see why your cat loves licking it. Don't miss out.

44

u/matthewpomroy Aug 25 '22

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a baby?

→ More replies
→ More replies

48

u/Adventurous-Cry-2157 Aug 25 '22

Or a Familiar.

Your baby is a witch! Congrats!

→ More replies

116

u/naturalbornkillerz Aug 24 '22

Or a cat Chef playing the long game

96

u/MotherJoanFoggy Aug 24 '22

My cat has only hissed at me twice, and the second time was the day we brought our newborn daughter home. My cat curled up near her—when I went to pickup my baby, she hissed and got very protective. Scary at first but super sweet

14

u/MostAloneNibba Aug 25 '22

guard cat is powerful

→ More replies

5.0k

u/Special-Attitude-242 Aug 24 '22

I think he's grooming her. He might see her as a kitten.

2.2k

u/GrumpyCatStevens Aug 24 '22

Possibly. They basically regard adult humans as big, weird-looking cats.

121

u/pcbb97 Aug 24 '22

My desired sleep habits can confirm that adult humans are actually big, weird looking cats. And I don't even have kids to tire me out

1.5k

u/ElsaAzrael Aug 24 '22

Big weird-looking, incompetent cats who can’t hunt themselves 😹

514

u/EmilySKennedy Aug 24 '22

yep, usually why some bring us prey, their trying to teach us to hunt where we see it as uh thanks for the gift lets just toss that in the can outside

422

u/Tasting_rainbows Aug 24 '22

Idk if I believe that myth. They know we always have food for them somehow and they don't know what a grocery store is. I think they're just showing off or trying to pay us back.

749

u/fabledstars Aug 24 '22 Helpful

It's bullshit, cats don't see us as baby cats or useless big cats, they just see us as part of their "tribe", cats ARE actually known for forming groups, and cats who go out and hunt more often (like your indoor-outdoor cats) will bring home excess food.

So when your cat brings you dead things (or toys), what it's actually doing is bringing home excess food for the non-hunting members of the colony, not passively-aggressively saying you're an idiot who can't hunt, I have no idea where this myth comes from.

396

u/MariContrary Aug 25 '22 edited Aug 25 '22 Silver Wholesome

One of my cats recognizes that I'm capable of surviving and is quite fine with letting me handle life myself. My other cat is perpetually horrified by my incompetence. I don't check around corners in my own home. That's a big mistake in his eyes, and he races ahead of me and whacks me in the leg to stay back until he scouts ahead and validates safety. He also takes up guard positioning while I'm in bed. I've learned that I can't go upstairs until he checks it out, and once I'm in bed, I'm not to leave it until morning. So I'm part of the tribe, I'm just the tribe member that got dropped on their head as a kitten.... at least I'm good at opening things.

Edit- thank you for all the awards! I told him he was my goodest boy in the whole wide world and gave him extra snuggles. He is pleased with his ability to keep me safe.

95

u/OpinionBearSF Aug 25 '22

One of my cats recognizes that I'm capable of surviving and is quite fine with letting me handle life myself. My other cat is perpetually horrified by my incompetence. I don't check around corners in my own home. That's a big mistake in his eyes, and he races ahead of me and whacks me in the leg to stay back until he scouts ahead and validates safety. He also takes up guard positioning while I'm in bed. I've learned that I can't go upstairs until he checks it out, and once I'm in bed, I'm not to leave it until morning. So I'm part of the tribe, I'm just the tribe member that got dropped on their head as a kitten.... at least I'm good at opening things.

All that's missing is for the cat to meow at you in a very worried manner and to try to drag you out of the bath/shower.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT6XJhzykWw

17

u/TheOctopus333 Aug 25 '22

My mom's cat got mad at her for bathing the new kitten. Lol

Started batting her legs and then clawing her. "you kill de baby!!!!"

Funny thing is, at first she didn't even like her new playmate, and now they're little terrors together.

→ More replies
→ More replies

262

u/Albino478 Aug 24 '22

Probably cause a lot of people preceive cats as jerks. Humans are probably the only species who use passive-aggressivity. If a dog hates you, he barks and bites. Animals are usually a lot more straight-forward about their feelings towards you if they have emotions at all

26

u/ATOmega Aug 25 '22

Tell that to the dog I had that would show you his displeasure at not getting table food by getting kibble from the other room and loudly chronching it while staring into your eyes.

→ More replies

67

u/The_Doctor_Bear Aug 24 '22

I mean, there’s only a very fine distinction between “supporting a non-hunting member of the colony” and “bringing you dead animals because they think you’re a shit hunter” and that line may have the same instinctual basis but be equally valid depending on the disposition of the individual cat.

→ More replies

121

u/Cat_world_domination Aug 24 '22

I think they're not literally teaching us to hunt, but it's redirected behavior from teaching kittens to hunt. Just like kneading originates as a way to stimulate their mother's milk glands, but when they knead on us they're not trying to milk us.

38

u/cooldash Aug 25 '22

I have nipple, too, Greg. Could you milk me?

Cat: Challenge accepted

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

30

u/catloving Aug 24 '22

Who feed them.

40

u/GrumpyCatStevens Aug 24 '22

And open doors for them. Repeatedly.

→ More replies

30

u/Lumpy_Intention9823 Aug 24 '22

With thumbs that open cans.

→ More replies

68

u/GlitteringRainbowCat Aug 24 '22

The only kind of grooming we love to see 💖

→ More replies

13

u/brocknuggets Aug 25 '22

Damn liberal cats grooming our kids

→ More replies
→ More replies

13.9k

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 25 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Keep Calm Take My Energy Heartwarming Vibing Timeless Beauty Powerups Comment

Kitty is bonding with baby and can tell its a young person. They're grooming your baby because they can't do it themselves and kitty has most likely noticed you've not licked their head.

Edit: Wow. Didn't expect to wake up to this. Thank you all. My most popular comment ever is about a cat licking a baby's head because mum won't.

2.2k

u/Comfortable_Dream464 Aug 24 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

That’s hilarious. And also only means he hasn’t seen me drop food on her head 😂

889

u/kells236 Aug 24 '22 hehehehe

first day after birth, while still in the hosital, I dropped salad on my babies head. whoops. haha

657

u/Romanticon Aug 24 '22

Ours was anointed with General Tso’s Chicken on day 2.

366

u/Vero_Goudreau Aug 24 '22

A bit of sushi on day 4 here.

174

u/theregularlion Aug 25 '22 Snek

Y'all are throwing too much food on your babies. I only believe some of these were accidents.

29

u/CatAteMyBread Aug 25 '22

Are you not supposed to anoint babies into the halls of flavortown with a cross shaped barbecue smear on their forehead?

→ More replies
→ More replies

33

u/Cr0wSt0rm Aug 25 '22

A dot of Mac Sauce from McDonalds while still in the hospital, checking in!

194

u/Spiritual-Computer73 Aug 25 '22

I lost track. Five kids give you ample opportunity to spill food/drink/an alarm clock (22 years ago) on the baby. ♥️

71

u/Otherwise_Quarter704 Aug 25 '22

Lol.

So, how's the 22 year old doin'?

I fell half-asleep on the sofa once, while holding our 1-wk-old son. He rolled off the sofa and landed headfirst on the carpet. My husband looked at this and said, dryly, "Well there went fractions"

14

u/Spiritual-Computer73 Aug 25 '22

The 22 year old is a junior in college majoring in Environmental Science 😂

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

138

u/craftygal1989 Aug 24 '22

Scrambled eggs here. They were cold, so there’s that anyway.

266

u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22 edited Nov 05 '22 Helpful

[deleted]

92

u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 31 '22

[deleted]

92

u/Fat_Krogan Aug 24 '22

And maybe I seem a bit confused, but kitty? She’s got you licked!

97

u/L_Swizzlesticks Aug 25 '22

But kitty, I don’t know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs. They’re fallin’ again…

Goodnight, Seattle!

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

224

u/sunnysideu Aug 24 '22

if it wasn't for this comment thread, i wouldn't know that dropping food on babies' heads is a common occurrence lmao

72

u/TrailMomKat Aug 25 '22

Hell yeah, I nursed all of mine and can't even count how many times I dropped food on my boys while feeding them and feeding myself at the same times. And no matter what, there was always crumbs.

33

u/badassandbrilliant Aug 25 '22

Nice of them to let you eat! I nursed my (now toddler) son and am nursing my daughter. I can’t eat without interference until after they are (or were, for the toddler) done and inevitably asleep on top of me. I almost woke my baby up by dropping ice cream on her neck. Oops.

→ More replies
→ More replies

17

u/trudybakeman Aug 25 '22

Same I’m dying 😂

→ More replies

182

u/omgrafail Aug 24 '22

At my last job, I was a server, and one of my tables had a new mom who ordered a mojito. I brought it out, and as she went to sip it, spilled a bunch on the baby's head.

180

u/PurrSephone1355 Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 24 '22

That’s hilarious. That was probably one of her first alcoholic beverages as a new mom, to spill it everywhere, especially on her own infant, is amazing

69

u/Alexlam24 Aug 24 '22

Sharing is caring

→ More replies
→ More replies

106

u/ZerpBarfingtonIII Aug 24 '22

I'd only get concerned if she tries to pick baby up by the scruff of the neck.

49

u/rocketman1969 Aug 25 '22

Brought first bqby home. Laid her on the floor on a blanket (sat beside) to introduce to puppies (small furry mutts). They both had a sniff, then one grabbed the corner of the blanket in her mouth and started pulling as if to take her away!

15

u/orebro123 Aug 25 '22

"What are you thinking putting this vulnerable thing out in the open".

85

u/hippywitch Aug 24 '22

Wait till he brings the baby a mouse. Babies eat mice right?

79

u/fififolle79 Aug 25 '22

Both times we brought our newborn home from hospital (2 children), our cat brought a mouse for the baby. Great. Except she wasn’t a hunter really so she brought them alive… great fun at 3am trying to find the live mouse dropped onto your bed! Second time she at least brought it into the living room!!

49

u/HoffkaPaffka Aug 25 '22

I think they were alive so that the baby learns to unalive them. Teacher kitty. Predation 101

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

306

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22

No shame we've all done it. I remember dropping a bit of ice cream on mine. Would be mean to let it melt on their heads.

102

u/noneyanoseybidness Aug 24 '22

Did your baby get brain freeze? /s

142

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22

No. Lazy sod didn't even wake up.

→ More replies
→ More replies

80

u/Wild-Psychology7603 Aug 25 '22

I dropped so much food on my daughter's head, especially since she was breastfed and CONSTANTLY hungry so 50% of the time I was ready to eat, so was she, this left her in a super vulnerable place for food dropping🤣 The first was a meatball that plopped on her head and stained her blonde hair cuz I didn't get it up fast enough.

→ More replies

47

u/Ninotchk Aug 24 '22

With the second baby you know to drape a tea towel over them as you eat.

15

u/JuliaX1984 Aug 25 '22

Wait a second, is that really why I always see moms with babies doing that?! ... ... Fair enough.

→ More replies
→ More replies

10.0k

u/Deadpoolio32 Aug 24 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome hehehehe Vibing Snek

“For fucks sake Sharon, why am I the only one around here putting in the work” Aggressively licks

2.1k

u/Kalixxa Aug 24 '22 Silver hehehehe

Please tell me I'm not the only one who read this in Ozzy's voice??

1.2k

u/Deadpoolio32 Aug 24 '22 Silver Bravo Grande!

Fuck, I can see Ozzy doing it as well. “SHAROOOOOOOOOOOON, ME TONGUES STUCK IN JACKS HAIR AGAIN”

48

u/Silent-Ad934 Aug 25 '22

Who's been drinking all my beers?

→ More replies

131

u/Britters710 Aug 25 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored

This sort of hilarity restores my faith in humanity. Thank you.

→ More replies

140

u/VTX002 Aug 24 '22

ROFLMAO Nope I can hear it too.

97

u/levupanda Aug 24 '22

I read it in Randy Marsh's voice! But Ozzy Man is more accurate :-D

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

26

u/ctrldwrdns Aug 24 '22

“I have to do everything around this house by myself…”

→ More replies

212

u/mycatisminnie Aug 24 '22

But my cat licks my head. Does that mean they think I can’t do it myself lol

255

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22 Narwhal Salute

To be honest, I'd be impressed if not slightly disturbed if you could lick your own head.

135

u/therealcmj Aug 24 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

You misspelled aroused.

→ More replies
→ More replies

20

u/sherlock----75 Aug 25 '22

Ha! Idk if it’s true but I’ve read that cats bring us food like dead mice and etc because they think we are big dumb cats who can’t hunt and they don’t want us to starve.

→ More replies
→ More replies

63

u/PossibleOven Aug 24 '22

Is there any reason they would do this with the new baby and not the other kids though?

209

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22

Other kids are bigger, loud and fast. Baby here seems to be feeding, so they're still, quiet and kitty can most likely smell milk. I'm no expert but I'd guess material/paternal instinct kick in for the cat

57

u/PossibleOven Aug 24 '22

Got it. I suppose I was more wondering if there was head licking or not when the other two were babies. It’s not clear but op has had the cat for 10 years, so that’s two babies born before this one. Would they potentially choose to “adopt” one baby like this and not the others?

112

u/Apart_Park_7176 Aug 24 '22

No idea. I do know cats have favourites though. So it is possible that cat has chosen little one as their person so want to groom them. I'm a male In my 30's and my 7 month old cat licks me as a sign of affection and the like.

40

u/PossibleOven Aug 25 '22

Interesting! Yes, definitely can attest to the favoritism - our first cat was my husbands idea and he ended up choosing me as the favorite. The second one is only now warming up to him after 2 years with us 😂

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

39

u/SolidNews1752 Aug 24 '22

This is ridiculously wholesome 🥺

→ More replies

5.9k

u/tessislurking Aug 24 '22

He loves your baby. That baby is now his.

2.7k

u/mllcv Aug 24 '22 Wholesome

You no longer have a baby. Baby is cat's now. Goodbye.

489

u/Bigdongs Aug 24 '22

Yup time to get another cat bed for your baby

85

u/UnovaLife Aug 25 '22

*cat’s baby

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

9.7k

u/SunfallWayfinder Aug 24 '22

Licking is a social acceptance behavior; cats lick each other if they trust each other that much. So your cat is likely guarding and cleaning your baby.

1.4k

u/fukitol- Aug 24 '22

Yeah, that's his baby.

215

u/msg45f Aug 25 '22

When their needs are taken care of, cats are actually pretty good at sharing the responsibility of raising young kittens rather than it strictly being the mother cat's responsibility. It's not unreasonable that a family cat would recognize the child of their human family and do some cat-parent things to it.

62

u/TonyLensJockey Aug 25 '22

*cat-co-parent

388

u/rbobby Aug 24 '22

Nobody else eat it!

283

u/alsoaprettybigdeal Aug 24 '22

Well now that he’s licked it nobody will want it.

105

u/rbobby Aug 24 '22

How cats save babies.

83

u/Hibercrastinator Aug 25 '22

… for later?

→ More replies
→ More replies

2.0k

u/imastruggl Aug 24 '22

How can they detect an infant of a species they barely know anything about, it’s bonkers

2.9k

u/huamenghua Aug 24 '22

Because all mammal infants share common traits that indicate helplessness and cuteness. That has served them well by making it easy to connect with them emotionally, which in turn makes any adult willing to take care of them...not just their biological mother and father. One such is big round eyes, round and soft body, baby noises...

2.2k

u/Sam-Gunn Aug 24 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

Dog: "Aww, it's a human puppy. It's squirming around just like a puppy-puppy would!"

Cat: "It hasn't acknowledged me, paid tribute to me, fed me, or entertained me, despite my clear instructions. It's more useless than the big ones. It must be their offspring."

396

u/Victries Aug 24 '22

I'm in support of this theory.

112

u/beenybaby87 Aug 24 '22

Absolutely correct. And the cat’s solution is to make sounds just like the smaller hairless hooman to get their attention back.

87

u/a-snakey Aug 25 '22

"It is receiving the same treatment as I am. It is being fed, having its waste cleaned and does nothing but sleep. Its one of my kind for sure, I must welcome it so we can spread our dominion over these humans."

→ More replies

68

u/cooscoos3 Aug 24 '22

Or perhaps: the new smaller human does not acknowledge anyone and yet is waited on by everyone else. This must be their new alpha leader. I must ingratiate myself.

→ More replies

61

u/Acceptable-Ad-4516 Aug 24 '22

Smell. Babies just smell different. Good different.

→ More replies

845

u/Idontwantthesetacos Aug 24 '22

But all babi animals are cute as hell. Does this imply every species looks at their tiny offspring and think it’s cute? I’ll fight anyone who tells me otherwise.

691

u/Somethingidk9 Aug 24 '22 Wholesome

Pretty much yea, but at the same time alot of animals, mainly in group of reptiles, birds and fishes dont reconize there offspring and alot of time gobbel em up

523

u/Idontwantthesetacos Aug 24 '22

:7968:

99

u/marmvp Aug 24 '22

I love this :7949:

41

u/Leszmig Aug 24 '22

I literally was gonna say this, albeit without the very cool lovecat

273

u/Smoeke Aug 24 '22

Birds for the most part take care of their young even during the fledgling stage, checking up on them, protecting them and feeding them.

Reptiles usually do not stick with their offspring after they are born/hatched, and many do not even take care of the eggs. Pythons have been known to shiver to warm up their eggs and even watch after them for a short time after they hatch, and alligators and other crocodilians protect their babies for up to two years after they are hatched.

82

u/HiILikePlants Aug 24 '22

Yeah some of the best parents I've seen are birds. Our blue jay couple still have their kids around often deposite them being fully grown

18

u/crowamonghens Aug 24 '22

I have two mated cockatiels and have raised many clutches, can confirm they are excellent parents. Even had a budgie who they ket help take care of them.

→ More replies
→ More replies

99

u/EssieAmnesia Aug 24 '22

Those reptiles are missing out. Baby snakes are cute afffff

124

u/METTEWBA2BA Aug 24 '22 Helpful Snek

Danger noodles

→ More replies
→ More replies

36

u/Rarzipace Aug 24 '22 Today I Learned

Some mammals eat their young as well (which I realize you didn't exclude). There's a pretty cool MinuteEarth video about it.

19

u/Somethingidk9 Aug 24 '22

Yea its usally when the mother is destressed or baby is ill that mammal will eat their young, but some rodents do it for population control

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

126

u/charoula Aug 24 '22

all babi animals are cute as hell

Ever seen a baby bird? Especially pigeons.

45

u/ithrowawaay Aug 24 '22

He’ll grow into that beak one day.

21

u/Shell-of-Light Aug 24 '22

Nice try, birds aren't real

52

u/Clean_Link_Bot Aug 24 '22

beep boop! the linked website is: https://qph.cf2.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-6c47f1f1584d1c706c6bba2c04486f71-lq

Page is safe to access (Google Safe Browsing)


###### I am a friendly bot. I show the URL of linked pages and check them so that mobile users know what they click on!

64

u/flogfrog Aug 24 '22

Aw but I think it's so weird looking it's actually cute in a way :')

13

u/Gloomy_Industry8841 Aug 24 '22

I love baby birds! They look primordial and amazing!!!

→ More replies
→ More replies

50

u/Idontwantthesetacos Aug 24 '22

I take back the “all babi animals are cute” wtf

→ More replies
→ More replies

37

u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22

Male mammals can be brutal as fuck and female predators have even raised their prey, instincts play a role in the wild like maternal, but domestication, thousands of years probably, they are more accustomed to us than prey. That's my professional reddit answer.

30

u/theredwoman95 Aug 24 '22

I mean, even in humans, the most dangerous person to a child is their mother's boyfriend - regardless of the type of abuse or even murder, especially if other relatives aren't present. Baby boys are even more likely at risk of death from shaken baby syndrome, although I'm not sure if there have been studies into how this may correlate with other abuse risk factors, like the presence of a non-biological parent.

→ More replies

31

u/Glabstaxks Aug 24 '22

My mother nursed a badger from her own bosom

90

u/ProgrammingPants Aug 24 '22

That's a rude thing to say about your little brother 😂

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

30

u/MariJoyBoy Aug 24 '22

Can you detect a kitten ?

→ More replies

21

u/Dutchdelights88 Aug 24 '22 Wholesome

Have you seen the vid of a mother cat with baby ducklings, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJOtGx5ue40

272

u/Kuronekosmom Aug 24 '22

No it's not bonkers. You can pick out an infant cat, wallaby, rhinoceros, canary, harbor seal, etc with ease. What makes you think a cat can't do the same? Human arrogance teaches us that we are the only ones capable of making such distinctions but it just isn't true.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

1.4k

u/Ok-Cardiologist9168 Aug 24 '22 Take My Energy

My cat do this to my baby! They’re showing they’ve accepted the little human as part of the family! They understand that it joined and here to stay 😊💜

204

u/VTX002 Aug 24 '22

It's there way to saying Welcome to the family young one I/we will protect you.

139

u/ClassicsMajor Aug 24 '22

Now enjoy having my sandpaper tongue dragged across your delicate skin.

→ More replies
→ More replies

1.9k

u/Such_Asparagus_2154 Aug 24 '22

Cat knows baby is family. However, baby does not smell like cat, who is family. Licking must continue until not family smell is gone and family smell has taken over. In short, not dirty, but definitely being cleaned.

508

u/Comfortable_Dream464 Aug 24 '22

Fascinating!

113

u/SmoSays Aug 25 '22

And imagine how frustrated that cat is when they give the kid a bath and the cat has to start all over again.

48

u/legallyblondeinYEG Aug 25 '22

my little cat gets PISSED when my husband showers or puts product in his hair. we’ve been living together with our animals 5 years now and she’ll do it to me occasionally but she grooms him like it’s her full time job.

→ More replies

38

u/SometimesAHomoSapien Aug 24 '22

Did he not lick your last two kids when they were babies?

→ More replies

113

u/gothiclg Aug 24 '22

It can also be an affection thing so welcome to his version of “I freaking love this baby”

137

u/supernovaj Aug 24 '22

This is interesting because my late cat groomed me ALL the time. Head, legs, arms....didn't matter. I saw it more of a "taking care of me" type thing.

96

u/Risque_Redhead Aug 24 '22

My cat CONSTANTLY licks me. To the point where I’ll get a rash (I do have a slight cat allergy though). She does it the most when we’re snuggling and I’m petting her. She’ll stop when I stop and start when I start. So weird. We’ve lived together for 5 years so she definitely knows what my smell is, and she’s obsessed with me, so I think she’s just doing it to show affection. But I don’t know anything about cat behavior outside of hers so idk.

59

u/Such_Asparagus_2154 Aug 24 '22

just like with people it really changes from animal to animal. But what it sounds like is mutual grooming where bonding occurs. You can see this with siblings and with cats that "Adopt" one another. Some cats only do the grooming thing at first, and others take a while to actually get over how unique the new persons scent is.

37

u/nahelbond Aug 25 '22

Cats are allogroomers, and mutual grooming is part of their social behavior and hierarchy! It's part instinct, and is a way to trade scents, reaffirm bonds, or get out some potential agression. It was found that those cats who engaged in allogrooming had a closer bond, and it was very much a social behavior.

I love cats. Grooming means a lot of things, but it generally means they like you. :)

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

932

u/milokeystone Aug 24 '22

Cat: Our baby

287

u/pizzapieboi420 Aug 24 '22

Cat: Our house

231

u/tinythanos Aug 24 '22

Cat: In the middle of the street

134

u/JacksMama09 Aug 24 '22

Cat: That was where we used to sleep

→ More replies

71

u/owlthegamer Aug 24 '22

Cat: our house

42

u/JayWink49 Aug 24 '22

Is a very very very fine house...

→ More replies

53

u/CilanUnova Aug 24 '22

Cat: in the middle of our street

35

u/SarcasmKing41 Aug 24 '22

Catmunism

16

u/GirlNumber20 Aug 24 '22

This is my favorite form of government. 🐈 ☭

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

228

u/AuntySocial1964 Aug 24 '22

That is not your baby, it's his. He has successfully claimed it as his.

337

u/Loose-Dirt-Brick Aug 24 '22

He is taking care of the baby. The baby is now his hooman.

→ More replies

400

u/Jeebwater Aug 24 '22

So not as cute as all the other responses, but my cats will lick certain lotions and beauty products off of me if I use them. Absolutely cannot get them to stop once they smell it, it’s like crack, especially coconut oil. It might be whatever products you are putting on baby have ingredients that the cat finds yummy.

68

u/sleepycatinarayofsun Aug 24 '22

Someone left some Malibu on the counter in a glass and I found my cat slurping it up. Cats loveeee coconut lol

30

u/deadlypoisons Aug 24 '22

My cat is a fan of sour cream. If you are eating something with sour cream then she will come up at start licking it.

→ More replies
→ More replies

92

u/maplebacononastick Aug 24 '22

Mine goes nuts for any time of muscle cream with wintergreen in it 😂

74

u/Leiatha Aug 24 '22

According to my cat tiger balm is the shit

42

u/crystalfairie Aug 24 '22

Mine detests tiger balm.leaves the room

10

u/missa_monster Aug 24 '22

I don’t know why I found this particular comment so hilarious, but I just spilled my drink laughing when I read this- Thank you!!! 😂

→ More replies

44

u/tessislurking Aug 24 '22

This is because catnip and mint are closely related. Some cats respond to minty things similarly to catnip - not all, but some.

Also, only sexually mature cats react to catnip and some cats, regardless of their sexual maturity, don't have a reaction at all to catnip.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

135

u/Lehelito Aug 24 '22

Is your baby salty? They sometimes like the sodium.

On a serious note, it's probably a grooming behaviour.

146

u/ardardardar Aug 25 '22 Wholesome

I’m sure this isn’t the case, but just a heads up for anyone who might see this- newborn babies should not be salty!! They are too little to sweat. If your baby’s skin is noticeably salty when you kiss them, talk to your pediatrician- it’s a classic sign of cystic fibrosis. Paranoid NICU nurse rant over- enjoy those two cuties

35

u/Lehelito Aug 25 '22

That's very informative, thank you 🙂. And here I was just making a stupid joke.

→ More replies
→ More replies

40

u/Arctelis Aug 24 '22

Can confirm about the salt. One of my cats licks the shit out of me when I come home sweaty.

→ More replies

196

u/Dangerously_fun3546 Aug 24 '22

Maybe the baby tastes good

87

u/NtlDerpFoundation Aug 24 '22

Maybe the babysoap smells particularly good? OP should wash all kids with the same soap to find out!

SCIENCE!

→ More replies

29

u/WellHulloPooh Aug 24 '22

Could be the tuna-flavored baby shampoo

74

u/ManElectro Aug 24 '22

I mean, the baby looks very delicious.

→ More replies
→ More replies

35

u/LSDnSideBurns Aug 24 '22

Cat: “Is my baby.”

→ More replies

104

u/BluePersephone99 Aug 24 '22

New mom cats lick their babies almost constantly because the kittens can’t groom themselves yet. Maybe your cat senses how young your baby is and their instincts to nurture are coming out :)

→ More replies

30

u/Individual_General41 Aug 24 '22

That is adorable and your title makes it extra funny. Baby has three parents now

→ More replies

217

u/Aurin316 Aug 24 '22

Baby doesn’t look concerned or bothered by kitty’s grooming… and unless kitty has a contagious infection, my first impulse would be to monitor kitty’s interaction with baby but not actively try to stop it unless baby shows displeasure.

141

u/Comfortable_Dream464 Aug 24 '22

It creates rough spots on my baby’s skin, but otherwise I’m the only one who seems bothered 😆 I HATE when animals lick me

→ More replies
→ More replies

26

u/who-loves-the-sun Aug 24 '22

You haven't been licking your baby enough so he felt the need to do it for you.

→ More replies

30

u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22

Baby stink weird.

Must make stink like home.

190

u/Difficult-Stuff5334 Aug 24 '22

I could be mistaken here, but it appears as though the baby is being fed. I don’t know for sure but my cat will also try to creep as closely as possible to our newborn while he’s being fed. It may have something to do with the scent the flowing milk may give off.

154

u/MariContrary Aug 24 '22

Cats groom their kittens after feeding to stimulate the bladder and bowel, and also to keep them cleaned up. So it's possible this is part of the same behavior. Feeding time means grooming time.

68

u/Difficult-Stuff5334 Aug 24 '22

So my cat’s not being weird, just being helpful?

90

u/MariContrary Aug 24 '22

I would guess a rough translation from cat would be "Silly furless cat doesn't know how to care for her kitten. Can't hunt, has no predator awareness, weird love of sitting in water, why am I even surprised? Well, someone's got to fix this, don't know how they'd survive without me. Also, where's my dinner?"

16

u/Difficult-Stuff5334 Aug 24 '22

Seems accurate enough.

→ More replies
→ More replies

134

u/Comfortable_Dream464 Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 25 '22

Oh interesting!! Yes, I think you’re right; he does it whenever I’m feeding her, but I haven’t noticed him doing it otherwise.

Edit: I’ve remembered him doing it while she’s sleeping in the bed near me, no nursing involved. Just baby snuggles before I move her to her crib.

→ More replies
→ More replies

20

u/rockingcrochet Aug 24 '22

This baby is a new family member, this baby has an other smell than the older kids or the grown up humans in your home.

Licking is a big point when cats socialize with others (animals or humans).

14

u/Olthoi_Eviscerator Aug 24 '22

"but I can't get it to stop licking my baby."

Correction: it's not your baby. It is cat's baby now

14

u/No_Objective1045 Aug 24 '22

My cat licks my head too. He is showing love by grooming.

→ More replies

40

u/kiyan_lives Aug 24 '22

Thats because that is a ham Baby. Pls Tell me some of you watched scrubs

15

u/Comfortable_Dream464 Aug 24 '22

It’s been forever. I don’t remember the reference

35

u/kiyan_lives Aug 24 '22

Elliot talking about newborns smelling great. But she Claims that every third Baby smells Like ham and she doesnt Like it. Thats why your Baby is gettin licked that much

40

u/spj0522 Aug 24 '22

Your child is unkempt and has its hair sticking up everywhere. Your cat is making it look presentable by licking the hair down.

I am saying this jokingly but cats do perform this task. They lick hair down if they see it is sticking straight up.

→ More replies