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When a cat licks you what does it mean?


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Usually, it’s a very high compliment; your cat recognizes you as a member of his/her family and is grooming you much as his/her mother groomed him/her as a kitten.  Older cats that are familiar with each other will do this for each other, too.

They’re ‘Cleaning’ You

Yes, the idea that an arm covered in cat saliva is “clean” doesn’t totally compute for us, but for a cat, it’s an important behavior that promotes bonding.

“Within a group of cats living together, there is typically a designated ‘all-groomer,’ which is a cat that licks and grooms the other cats in the group,” Koski says. “Usually, the members of the group are related to each other, so licking a human may be the cat’s attempt to include you as part of her group.

They Taste Something Interesting


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