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Is It Okay To Kiss Your Kitty On The Lips?

By Ava Agata Gorecki

pucker up pussy cat is it okay to kiss your cat on the lips?

So, you get caught kissing your cat on the lips one time and now you’re not being invited to parties anymore. What about the thousands of others times you’ve done it? If you’re stealing a smooch when no one is around to see it, are you still a crazy cat lady?

The most common outcry against such behavior is:  “Do you know the cat cleans its butt with that mouth?” And to that I say “Yes.” But I’m sure there have been times in my life where I chose to kiss a partner of equally questionable hygiene. A kitty has never given me strep throat. How can you not peck that precious little furry face? When cute aggression takes over, I go in for the full snuggle and straight for the kisser. Although apparently compulsively engaging in kitty mouth kissing can come with some potential risks.

Zoonotic diseases are viruses, fungus, bacteria, and parasites that can be spread between humans and animals. Some potential diseases from cats can include cat scratch fever (yes, it’s a real thing), ringworm, contagious bacteria including salmonella and E-coli and Toxoplasmosis.

I’m sure you’ve heard that our pets’ mouths are much cleaner than our own, but this is actually a common misconception. Their mouths contain different bacteria than a human’s, which can be potentially as vile. Therefore, the more you kiss those kitty lips the greater your chance of getting bacteria from your cat and contracting one of these zoonotic diseases.

But fear not! Getting sick from kitty kisses isn’t super common (though it’s still best to be aware of the risks). People with weakened immune systems such has small children, older folks, pregnant people and those with autoimmune deficiencies, however, are at a higher risk of contracting one of these diseases. Pregnant ladies can’t do anything fun.

Our advice to you is to keep your kisses for your own cat and off unfamiliar pussy lips. You don’t know their state of health and what potential diseases they could be carrying. Not only do you not know rando-kitty’s litter box habits, but also because it’s kind of weird to kiss other people’s pets. Stick with a BOOP on the nose and a kiss on top of their adorable little heads.

If you straight up refuse to end the mouth to mouth relationship you have with Fluffy, we have some reassurance for you. When Dr. Marty Becker raised the question “When’s the last time you ever heard or read of a veterinarian dying of a zoonotic disease or having no teeth from dental disease?”  And Dr. Richard E Becker, a pediatrician and the former acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responded with, “Exactly. I’m still kissing my dogs!” We’re going to say that applies to our feline friends as well.

Kiss me, I’m a kitty.

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