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Why Do Cats Like Beards? The Science Behind It (2022)

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Why Do Cats Like Beards?Do you have a beard? If so, you may have noticed that your cat can’t seem to get enough of it. They might even try to take a nap in your beard!

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But why do cats love beards so much?

Why Do Cats Like Beards?

There’s no denying that cats and beards have a special bond. But why do cats love beards so much? The answer, it turns out, is scientific.

It all has to do with scent. Cats have a highly developed sense of smell, and they use scent to communicate. When a cat rubs against a beard, they’re leaving their scent on you and claiming you as their own.

But it’s not just any scent that cats are attracted to. Beards tend to be full of the bacteria that cats love.

In fact, one study found that beards contain more bacteria than dogs do. So, when a cat rubs against your beard, they’re getting a dose of the good stuff.

So, there you have it. The next time your cat rubs against your beard, you can take it as a compliment. They’re just trying to tell you that you smell good!

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is a published author and software engineer and beard care expert from the US. To date, he has helped thousands of men make their beards look better and get fatter. His work has been mentioned in countless notable publications on men's care and style and has been cited in Seeker, Wikihow, GQ, TED, and Buzzfeed.