We humans tend to think that when animals lick us, they are showing us their love. Or is there some other reason they are so obsessed with delivering incessant tongue lashings? She remembers how her mother gave her cleanings as a kitten and now is continuing what she learned, only with the roles reversed unless you happen to lick her as well. Your cat is nurturing you in the best way she knows how — by keeping you clean and claiming you as her own. Cats who are siblings or are from different litters but get along quite well together will lick each other as a form of social bonding.
Americans love their kitties— all 96 million of them —and to help out their doting owners, Weird Animal Question of the Week is looking into strange cat behavior, also known as cat behavior. Vets Weigh In. Cats with this condition lick or suck on plastic, including shower curtains or shoelaces. See National Geographic readers' pictures of cats.
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She will tolerate pets, but what she really wants to do when she needs attention is to lick me anywhere she can get skin. She will literally hold me down in her paws and clean me. No luck. So, why do cats lick you? Exchanging scents through grooming also increases the bond between a pair of cats.