Want a sure cure to tension? Many cat lovers are fascinated by watching their cats groom themselves. It relaxes me so much, I can almost purr.
Image © Franny Syufy
Often when cats are not grooming themselves, they are washing other cats with their rough, barbed tongues, and even grooming the humans they love. The photo shown here is our Jaspurr, who was carefully grooming Billy, when he was just a kitten. Billy was either blissful from the attention or afraid to move. It can be amusing to see a cat racing wildly all over the house, then suddenly stop, lift a hind leg in the air, and meticulously lick each hair of his inner leg. A typical behavioral pattern then is to find a place to curl up for a cat-nap. Makes me sleepy just to think of it.
There is much more involved in the subject of cats' self-grooming. For instance, several studies are ongoing on the topic of saliva, both human and animal: whether it has antiseptic properties or not. If you're of an investigative nature, try observing your cat(s)' washing habits: how often a day they occur; any particular stimulus; what do they do afterward; who else do they groom. I've found that observing my cats' habits seems to tighten our already strong bond, and understanding is knowledge gained. I'll be looking forward to seeing the stories my readers will report.