Why Does My Cat Lick Me? Grooming, Stress or Seeking Attention?

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Why does my cat lick me?


Cats do tend to groom family members more often than unrelated cats, so usually a cat licking you is a sign of affection.

Social Bonding



If your cat’s licking is compulsive, a new behavior or you have any concerns about their health then it’s important to seek advice from your veterinarian.

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Sarah-Jane Molier wanted to be a veterinarian from around the age of ten. After much hard work, and her first degree in animal science, she realized this dream and graduated in 2009. She has been working in small animal clinics ever since.

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