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Why do cats knead? Why do dogs lick you? The science of pets’ quirks.

By Marlene Cimons

30 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Let's face it, our pets can do pretty quirky things sometimes. In this article an animal scientist explains the reasoning behind some of the strange actions that our furry friends carry out.

Bella the beagle loves boxes from Amazon. She tears into them, while ignoring other deliveries. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post but has never met Bella.)

Little Bit, a recently departed tortoiseshell cat, was similarly obsessed - but with socks. She would raid the laundry basket in the middle of the night and paw through the open suitcases of houseguests, who invariably found themselves one sock short in the morning.

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