Q & A: Why Does My Cat Lick Me?


Dogs aren’t the only pets that are prone to licking our faces.  You might find that your kitten licks your arm, toes, or even your hair!  

Why Do Cats Lick You?

  • You’re Part of the Family – Cats tend to lick their kittens with a tongue bath.  If your cat is licking you, he or she might consider you to be part of the family – offering nurturing care by cleaning you.
  • They’re Marking Territory – Licking is also a way to establish territory.  This is a way for your cat to mark with his or her scent.  Mother cats lick their kittens to establish ownership.  Licking is a form of creating this type of bond.
  • They Can’t Pet You – You like to pet your cat, but your cat can’t pet you.  Instead, they might lick you to show affection.
  • They’re Stressed – If your kitten is anxious, they might begin to lick you.  Try to cuddle and pet your cat to reduce their stress levels.  Showing a little affection should ease the stress.

If you have any questions about your cat’s behavior — like why they might be licking you — or their health, contact one of our offices.

Our cat-friendly hospitals are designed to provide your furry friend with a comfortable and relaxing veterinary visit.  Contact one of our offices below to set up an appointment for your cat:

The Cat Hospital

5th Avenue Cat Clinic

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital

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