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When a cat licks you what does it mean?


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Spill something on your arm? Don’t be surprised to find Fluffy sidling up next to you to get a taste.

Sometimes, it doesn’t take a spill for this to hold true, however. Koski says cats may enjoy licking the salt that builds up on your skin naturally.

They’re Showing You Affection

“Social grooming by licking is an important affectionate behavior in cats, and licking can be a sign of affection between cats and between a cat and a human,” Maxwell says.

She adds that licking (both other cats or their human owners) is often a sign that a cat is calm. But because anxiety can also be a cause for licking, it’s important to pay close attention to the context surrounding the behavior and other notable things (particularly anything that’s changed) in your cat’s environment.


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