My daughter feeds her kitty right out of her mouth. Off her tongue. Off her spoon. Out of her bowl or plate, while she is still eating.

Not only do I think it's gross, but I also think it is unhealthy. Only I am at a loss as to offer proof to her. I mean I tell her the obvious: He licks his butt, he bathes himself, he licks Tucker's butt, he bathes Tucker, certainly licks any wounds which may come along... all with that sweet little mouth! She uses the old adage "Cats mouths are cleaner than humans." And I come back with, "Yeah, maybe that's true, I don't know. But they also use them for everything and I don't want James eating outa my mouth! (Which of course James tries when DD is not around, and he gets all hurt because I won't let him LOL Poor kitty Emotion: sad )
So, my question is, anyone have any proof this is an unhealthy practice, or is it?
Please don't call me an idiot or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question.
Hailey
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So, my question is, anyone have any proof this is an unhealthy practice, or is it?

All I know is cat bites are supposed to be particularly septic (I've been lucky, I guess), so that should give you an idea of the nature of the bacteria in their mouths.

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My daughter feeds her kitty right out of her mouth. Off her tongue. Offher spoon. Out of her bowl or ... unhealthy practice, or is it? Please don't call me an idiot or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question.

I often offer the cats at work a bite of my sandwich - I just hold the sandwich out to them and let them take a bite if they want. Usually it's Harriet who acts as if she wants some but she rarely does take a bite. Stinky will, though. Then I'll take a bite and I never thought much about it. I'd never offer them food right out of my mouth, only because I wouldn't want my tongue clawed or bit accidentally.

At home, Otto will try to get into whatever I'm eating. I usually chase him away, because he will make a pig of himself and most likely puke it all up later. He doesn't do well with human food. Tiger isn't as pushy and will usually wait until she's offered something, unless it's deli ham or cheese-in-a-can. Then she's pushy.
I've never gotten sick from sharing with the cats, but it's not an everyday thing.
Liz
My daughter feeds her kitty right out of her mouth. Off her tongue. Off her spoon. Out of her bowl ... unhealthy practice, or is it? Please don't call me an idiot or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question.

It's not good for a cat to be eating people food, and it wouldn't be good for your daughter to eat cat food so that the food she feeds her cat would be good for it. ;-)
That having been said, cats' mouths are very dirty probably almost as dirty as human mouths. On the other hand, there aren't many communicable diseases that can be transmitted from cat to human and vice versa.
I think the best argument is at the bottom of your second paragraph. She is getting James accustomed to something that he may look for from others but find only from her. She is doing him a disservice in his socialization. She'd be a better "mom" to James if she raised him with a realistic expectation of people. It'll make for less stress in his life and more joy, and it would be more loving of her realistically loving.
Priscilla
My daughter feeds her kitty right out of her mouth. ... idiot or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question.

It's not good for a cat to be eating people food, and it wouldn't be good for your daughter to ... for less stress in his life and more joy, and it would be more loving of her realistically loving.

I forgot to ask... how old is she? Is she old enough to understand something like what I wrote in my last paragraph?
Priscilla
My daughter feeds her kitty right out of her mouth. Off her tongue. Off her spoon. Out of her bowl ... practice, or is it? Please don't call me an idiot or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question. Hailey

I think daughter is trying "to get your goat". Ignore her actions. I wonder how clean she is preparing food? Don't think I would like to eat in her kitchen.
So, my question is, anyone have any proof this is ... or anything, and yes, this is a sincere question. Hailey

I think daughter is trying "to get your goat". Ignore her actions. I wonder how clean she is preparing food? Don't think I would like to eat in her kitchen.

LOL she is amazingly clean in all other areas, except her room now and again and you know what? You may be absolutely CORRECT! Didn't think of her trying to get our goats with this little practice Emotion: smile Thanks for that insight Emotion: smile

Hailey
I think the best argument is at the bottom of ... it would be more loving of her realistically loving.

I forgot to ask... how old is she? Is she old enough to understand something like what I wrote in my last paragraph? Priscilla

She is 17, so yes, she is old enough to grasp it, but she wouldn't agree, nor do I, really. James does ask for it from the rest of us, but he does not push himself on us, so he isn't really a bother. I tell him no and that's that. Most of the time Emotion: smile
But as for the socialization, I can't agree that is even an issue. The girl who will be rooming with her next year also does not let James do it, and James knows that too Emotion: smile
The bottom line though, is not how I feel about it really. It's what I can tell her about the stuff in his mouth Emotion: smile
I have gotten some good ammo, so I thank you all!
James' Gramma Hailey hehe
So, my question is, anyone have any proof this is an unhealthy practice, or is it?

All I know is cat bites are supposed to be particularly septic (I've been lucky, I guess), so that should give you an idea of the nature of the bacteria in their mouths.

Cat bites infect easily because they are puncture wounds, not because cats' mouths are particularly dirty. Puncture wounds are dangerous because they usually do not bleed enough to clean out the wound, and cleaning out a deep puncture with antiseptic is very difficult to do.
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