My 15-year-old cat, Cato, tries to wake me up every morning by nipping at my armpits. Why armpits?By the way, he also loves cantaloupe seeds. What's with that?.
J.W., Charlottesville, Va Dec 19, 2004
Your body chemicals (or pheromones) could be attracting your feline companion to your armpits. But certain deodorants can also be attractive to some cats, too.Cantaloupe seeds (like pumpkin and sesame seeds) are a rich source of vegetable protein and oils -- your cat's enjoyment being a reflection of his instinctive nutritional wisdom. Your armpits are another story, however.SOME NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS-- Get a healthy and compatible feline companion for your live-alone cat.-- Get a scratching post or jungle gym for your cat(s) to enjoy.-- Get a dog-walker to come over and take your dog out when you are away at work.-- Get out more with your dog and find an off-leash park where he or she can run and play with other dogs.-- Get a same-sex cage-mate who is healthy and friendly for your lonely guinea pig, lovebird, goldfish and/or other small, socially deprived animal. While you're at it, get a larger cage or other living space.-- Get a good book on the proper care, behavior and needs of your animal companion(s)
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