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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Zoey like to sniff other "babies" butts.. should I be worried or just keep laughing
post #2 of 17
get yourself a squirt bottle and fill it with water and when he starts sniffing give him a squirt and he will learn to not do that.
post #3 of 17
my cat sniffs the dogs butt
post #4 of 17
cats are more scent orientated than humans (i think their sense of smell is 14x's stronger than ours).

The cats just trying to work out if they are friend or foe or if they've met before. I wouldnt worry and i would in no way discourage it. its like the cat form of handshaking!
post #5 of 17
Like Maverick said, it's their form of "hand shaking". I wouldn't be concerned unless they try to lick the baby's butt.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
cats are more scent orientated than humans (i think their sense of smell is 14x's stronger than ours).

The cats just trying to work out if they are friend or foe or if they've met before. I wouldnt worry and i would in no way discourage it. its like the cat form of handshaking!
two of my cats will only communicate by sniffing each other...save the squirt bottle for other purposes...this is normal
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by starlie
Like Maverick said, it's their form of "hand shaking". I wouldn't be concerned unless they try to lick the baby's butt.
My female cat still licks her 14week old sons butt after he's used the litter box!
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by j171978
get yourself a squirt bottle and fill it with water and when he starts sniffing give him a squirt and he will learn to not do that.
Oh please please please don't punish your cat for doing something that is instinctual for him to do - as other posters have already accurately commented - this behavior is as normal and natural for them as it is for us to say Hello when we greet a visitor at our door.

j171978, if you MUST use a squirt bottle as a disciplinary measure for behavioral issues, don't aim the water AT the cat. Direct the water towards something nearby the cat at that moment.

There are other, more effective means to deter behavioral issues than a thorough drenching. When a cat's fur becomes wet, their first instinct is to groom it until it is dry. This, in some cats, increases the chances of hairballs which can become a serious, even life-threatening medical problem for a few. A cat's fur is not designed to be worn wet.
post #9 of 17
Also, if you squirt the water at them, you might hit their eye or get water in their ears.
post #10 of 17
Butt sniffing is so normal, why hinder it?
post #11 of 17
Yep, totally normal.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by dicknleah
Butt sniffing is so normal, why hinder it?
I agree!!
It is something even non cat lovers know that they do. And it is normal. I agree that is how they check each other out and say hello. Dont punish your cat for that.
post #13 of 17
Don't squirt water at them. This is natural for them and they will do it no matter what.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you all ... My almost 17 yr old never did.. lol.. she hates allmost everyone... and thanks to this site I didnt use the h2o bottle with Zoey... she gets timeouts...
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
My female cat still licks her 14week old sons butt after he's used the litter box!
Rosie and Sophie lick each others as well even now!

Mainly when one of them is walking past the other, then they give a quick sniff and lick, or when their playing and their noses are at the others rear end when they must think it needs a wash?!

I wouldn't use the water bottle, their doing what comes natural!
post #16 of 17
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its like the cat form of handshaking!
i'm just glad people don't greet that way



felicia
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by j171978
get yourself a squirt bottle and fill it with water and when he starts sniffing give him a squirt and he will learn to not do that.

I guess a cat 'would' learn not to do that, but that would be bad interspecies manners, lol as the book I'm reading puts it. Just because they're not like humans doens't mean they don't do the same things we do, they just do it differently.

When we interact with someone, we look each other in the eye, talk, shake hands, etc. Cats are scent oriented. They gather most of their information by smelling, and sometimes they further investigate a smell by tasting it with the roof of their mouth. You may have seen a really strange look on your cat's face when it has smelled your dirty socks? It's "tasting" the smell to get more information.

When he/she does this, he/she is not being bad, and doesn't need to be squirted with water. However funny, he/she is just gathering information about someone else.
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