Cats (and dogs too) have weird ways of identifying friends. My four cats live together but they can’t seem to tell who is who by looking. Positive ID often involves extensive butt sniffing. Extensive. Really close. Too close.
Maybe they think all gray cats look alike. Or even all cats look alike. Their vision is different from ours – better in some ways and weaker is others. Or maybe they are just fascinated with butts.
The good news is that this behavior didn’t make it to humans (except perhaps for the work place). I admit that sometimes I’m not good at visual ID but I’m ok with that. I will not resort to sniffing anything.
Back to butt ID – in addition to being disgusting, most pets offer their butt to their staff for an ID check. Umm…I’m good. I’ll go with my visual.
They work hard to keep themselves clean.
Afterward they come to the staff for a hug or a lick or some reward. “Look human I’m clean and good smelling!” I always ask where their nose has been but they aren’t always honest. (Never trust a purring cat!)
I have resisted taking butt smelling pictures so you will have to imagine it!