Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

October 26, 2022

We all love our cats. They are companions that help us feel good, that spend time with us, and that bring us immeasurable joy. Some cats show their affection in ways that we may not be used to, like licking. If your cat licks you, there may be a reason why. Keep reading to find out more.

Why Does My Cat Keep Licking Me?

The first, and most obvious reason your cat is licking you is that they love you. Cats use licking as a means of creating a social bond. Mothers lick their kittens to help show affection and to help create a bond with their kittens. Your cat may want to create a social bond with you. Odds are they love you, they rely on you for care and for food and licking may be their way of showing you that they love you and that they feel bonded to you.

Another reason for licking is that your cat might be stressed out. If your cat is stressed, they are likely to lick to help overcome those feelings and to help de-stress. If you are dealing with stress licking, you may want to get your pet to the vet to see if there is some other issue that might be causing your pet to feel anxious and feel the need to lick.

The last reason your cat might be licking is that they are marking their territory. Your cat may feel that their relationship with you is being threatened. In that case, they might start licking you to show other pets that they are dominant and that you are their owner. It might not be a huge issue, but if you find that the cat has become very territorial, you may want to take your pet to the vet or try to dissuade this behavior.

Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

There are tons of different reasons that your cat might be licking you that are all unique to the cat. Your cat might be licking you just because they feel like it. You might have something on your skin that they think tastes good, and they might just be licking you because they had the urge to. Unless you are noticing additional issues with your pet there is no reason to really worry about why your pet is licking you.

If you notice that they acting strangely or that they may seem like they are distressed, you should certainly take your cat to the vet. Your vet can evaluate their behavior and determine if something else needs to be done or if your pet is just licking you to lick you.  

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