It can come as no surprise to see your cat lick itself. Of course, cats tend to behave regularly. But how often does your cat lick you? In fact, your cat or kitten may choose to communicate with you in a variety of ways. Because of this, you may ask, "why do cats lick you?" Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion's veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to teach us more about what your cat kisses can mean and the importance of understanding the cat's body language.
Why do cats lick you?
Your cat's communication
style may depend on your cat. While each pet is different, some cats may
choose to let you know how their feeling via a subtle clue. Wilde points out
some reasons why your cat may choose to lick you.
“When I try to find out why
a cat exhibits some behavior, is the best way to decide
motivation behind the behavior in your cat environment. For example, if you are
just lie on the couch, and the cat rests and seems happy, it can be one
normal grooming behavior or signs of affection. If the cat seems upset and
licking you, it can be an attempt to make you stop doing what you do or
they may even want you to move.
It may also be helpful to note if this is normal behavior for your hairy family member. Do they lick, kiss or kiss often? Then it may be that they like to communicate with you.
Think about your pet's communication style to determine the next best step. For an additional resource on cat communication, read this cat's body language guide here.
Reasons why they might lick you
Cats and kittens are it
mysterious and their behavior is unique to them. With that said, if you have
a curious kitten in your home, you may be used to unpredictable behavior with your
best friend. Wilde weighs a few reasons why your cat may choose to lick
Consider the following:
- Normal grooming behavior
- Attention-seeking behavior
- Passive aggressive behavior, such as trying to get you to behave in a certain way
- An indication of an underlying medical illness or behavioral condition  In addition, grooming can be a daily activity for your best friend. Think about how much they lick and pay attention to their fur, skin and nails. Does your cat have matted cat hair or hairballs?
Alternatively, your cat may only need one bath. These are all important factors to keep in mind when it comes to your cat and licking.
Not all cats lick and some kittens may choose to lick for attention. Of course, your cat is unique and can choose to lick you and that's okay.
Note your pet's behavior, and if you see anything abnormal, talk to your veterinarian. They can help determine the cause of the problem for your hairy family member.
Medical conditions, behavior and
Cats may not always tell you that they feel sick. In fact, their behavior may be an indication of something more.
For example, if your cat licks become aggressive by nature, you should seek medical attention from your veterinarian. In addition, “excessive licking may be associated with gastrointestinal illness, as it may be a sign of abnormal discomfort or nausea. Of course, licking can mean that your cat is in pain, says Wilde.
If your cat licks you too much or themselves, they may try to tell you that they are not feeling well. For an additional resource, read this guide on common cat health problems here.
Why do cats lick you? They can be
trying to communicate with you
is special and can choose to show his affection with kisses and cuddles. But,
By noting their behavior and talking to your veterinarian you can find
your hairy friend just loves to show you how much they appreciate you.
Does your kitten lick you a lot? Tell us in the comments below!
To learn more about cat behavior, read why cats sleep so much: questions about cat owners answered
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