Shall I, or shall I not? The snow has gone and the chances are that I can make an inspection in my territory without getting my paws dirty. I hate it when I leave muddy pawprints behind me. I prefer to remain incognito, you never who might be watching and following when you are exposed to the rough outside.
I remember my kitten days, when mum would be continuously giving me a lick everywhere. She always meowed that being clean was the most impotant thing in the life of a feline. If you had eaten a good meal of meat or fish, thengive your mouth a paw-wipe afterwards. Other animals would smell what you have eaten, and might want a taste themselves, and you might be their next meal. It was the bit about cleaning behind the ears that I never really got the hang of. I had to practice for hours until mum was satisfied and said she could now let me loose. Clean ears are important. First of all lick your paws. One of the reasons to keep the paws clean. Who wants to lick a paw when you have been walking through mud, or dirt. The dirt crumbs get between your teeth.
You might think that snow is a good thing, nice and clean and basically just frozen water – you are wrong. How would you like to lick a cold paw to wipe behind your ear with. These days it all comes automatically. Mum always said it would, something to do with instinct. Yes all parts of a feline body must be kept clean at all times, altough there I some parts that I really do not want to explain in detail.
Anyhow the job is now done, so I will prepare for a sleep. And when the sleep is finished I will have to have another refreshing wash to make sure I am still clean. Cleanliness is next to felinism my mum always said.