Cats roll in the dirt to keep themselves clean and healthy. Some cats like to play with a ball of fur that they find, which is called a "furball."
They will use their claws to pick up the hair from around them and then bring it back towards their body to eat it.
So how do you know if your cat is dirty or not? Well, many signs can clue you into this, such as:
If your cat has any discharge coming out of its eyes, nose, or mouth, it's probably time for a bath! Also, look at the paws; if they have dried mud on them, you need to give/her a bath soon (more about cleaning kitty ears later).
Other signs include wet spots under your couch or carpeting and hairballs - you may notice some hairballs in your litter box.
Of course, it could be that he's just shedding because of his age. Still, it's also possible that he is suffering from allergies, which require veterinary attention.
Another sign that your cat needs a bath is when he shows other indications that he might be ill. For example, if your cat seems lethargic, listless, or doesn't seem hungry, he needs medical care. You should take him to the vet right away.
While baths don't hurt your cat, they can cause burns, so make sure you use warm water and soap. After all, you wouldn't want to get scalded.
CLEANING A CAT'S EARS
A lot of people think that cats' ears are hard to clean. But actually, it's one of those things that most pet owners overlook.
We assume our cats don't like getting their ears cleaned, but this isn't always true. You'll understand why if you've ever been told that you should never bathe your cat.
However, washing your cat's ears shouldn't be avoided entirely. Your cat's ears are critical, and they deserve proper hygiene.
WHY CATS ROLL IN DIRT
Rolling in the dirt is one way cats show affection to each other. Usually, it occurs during playtime. For example, when a kitten plays with another cat, they often move together to create a big ball. Sometimes, they even try to bite each other's faces.
Here are some reasons why cats roll in the dirt:
Kittens love to play in the dirt. As kittens grow older, they start playing more and more. This is usually done with toys and their siblings.
As kittens grow older, they learn how to groom themselves. As a result, they tend to spend more time grooming than before.
One of the ways they do this is by licking and scratching themselves. Once they feel better, they roll in the dirt to finish off.
Next, let's talk about the reason cats love their furballs. Furballs are basically small clumps of fur that come out of a cat’s throat. These little balls of fluff are harmless.
When it comes to self-defense, cats will roll in the dirt to protect themselves from the elements. It creates the illusion of being more extensive and more challenging.
Then when someone tries to attack them, they won't be able to reach the cat, which is what they were trying to do.
CATS GROOMING ROUTINE
Cats' grooming routine is quite different from human beings. Humans usually use shampoo to condition their hair. Cats use saliva and their paws to groom themselves.
To begin cleaning a cat's ears, gently pull back the fur and wipe the ear with a soft dry towel. Next, apply mild shampoo to the inside of the ear canal up toward the opening of the ear canal.
Use only enough liquid to cover the ears without making them too wet. Avoid the eyelid and face areas. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
If your cat has long hair, comb through it using a claw-free brush. Brush away any debris you find. Next, make sure you check for fleas or ticks. Finally, rinse and blow-dry.
TREATS CAN HELP PREVENT EAR INFECTIONS
Ear infections are common among cats. This is because many of us forget to keep the ear canal clean. Some of the reasons why this happens include:
CAT PLAYFUL HABITS
Cats' playfulness is one of their most attractive characteristics. When they're playful, they have fun exploring new things.
Playing games like hiding and seek, tug-o-war, chasing tails, etc., are some of their favorite activities.
They also enjoy roughhousing and wrestling. If your kitten plays rough with other kittens, don't worry. It's all part of growing up. Roughhousing helps develop strength and coordination. Plus, it gets your cat used to handling stress.
Playful behavior begins as soon as a kitten is born. However, it continues throughout adulthood.
As cats age, they still enjoy playing. So even though an adult cat may not seem tired or stressed, they might still choose to play instead of nap.
To conclude, we hope that you will learn something from this information. Cats roll in dirt for various reasons.
They may want to play in the dust, interact with other cats, show that they want to be dominant, clean themselves, or simply explore a new area. It’s nothing to worry about.
At Love4Cats, our practice involves consistent collaboration with licensed veterinarians and reputable industry experts. However, it's important to note that the content provided on Excited Cats is not intended as veterinary advice. While we strive to enhance your understanding of feline care, the information presented on this blog should not replace professional veterinary guidance.