Why do cats lick and sniff other cats’ bottoms?
I have seventeen cat’s since they have been regularly dumped, especially when they are getting on in years. I guess this is because people do not want the expense of vet’s bills and do not know how to care for their pet reducing unnecessary cost.
Cats will often head butt which will trigger the release of scent glands and reinforce their social bonding, this is probably why they are a pack and look after each other when there is not that odd squabble.
Licking and grooming each other is a sure sign of bonding and considering them as part of the family and this means that love and trust has been built.
It is a friendly and polite handshake between two cats, they recognise each other through scent glands. Cats have scent glands in their butts and a sniff can tell a cat everything about the other cat. Therefore butt licking and sniffing is a very natural, instinctual and form of communication this is how they reinforce their bond. They have strong sense of smell and detect signals in the chemicals in smelly oil from the anal glands.
Cats will engage in social grooming and especially lick each other on the head and face, with male cats this could be a way of courting.
Cats are very hygienic when they are kittens the mother will clean them, including their genital areas to be rid of any fesces or urine that might be on their fur without the cleanliness this can cause some serious problems.
In fact, cats have amazing sense of smell it is reported to be approximately 40 times more smell sensing cells in their nasal passages than humans giving them a super ability to sniff, cats rely on this sensory information far more than us. A cat entering the room can perceive if another cat was previously in the room was happy, stressed, scared or on heat. It also tells them if the other cat is likely to be friendly or not friendly.
Cats have prominent and active scent glands on their head, neck, paws, chest, and base of the tail, as well as active anal glands. These apocrine glands, which sit on each side of a cat’s rectum, produce strong-smelling secretions intended to send chemical signals about that cat’s identity to other animals. These signals include information like the sex of the cat, what the cat is eating, and even some clues about a cat’s emotional state.
I have found from maintaining my cats cleaning their teeth regularly and wash them three times a year brush and groom all of them they generally look after each other there is the odd spat they play together and sound like a heard of elephants, they groom each other and lick each other’s butts this is why it is important to keep them free of worms and fleas and make sure they all have a good diet.