Have you ever just been sitting there watching Animal Facts on YouTube and your cat comes up and starts licking you and you don’t know why? Well, he’s doing more than just kindly letting you know to hit the subscribe button. Let’s find out why your kitty gives you these unexpected kisses.
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Well, experts believe cats lick and groom their feline and human housemates as a way of showing trust and care.
There are many reasons why cats like to lick their owners, but it’s generally thought of as a positive behavior.
The first reason is that your cat wants attention. He may simply be licking you because he wants to be played with or wants to be pet.
The second reason is in his mind is he is 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.
Grooming of pack or family members is common in many mammal species. He’s just doing what comes naturally.
Known as “allogrooming,” many species of animals will lick and groom each other to strengthen their social bonds.
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.
You can take these “kisses” as a sign that your cat feels safe and happy. Since cats live with you, as part of your social group, it’s natural for them to engage in allogrooming to demonstrate affection.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that you have something delicious on your skin that your kitty wants to taste. The natural ingredients found in human perspiration can be appetizing for some cats. Cats can also be attracted to items you put on your skin, such as medical ointments and skin lotion, which may be of concern.
The bottom line: Cats are curious creatures and when they put their trust in people, there’s no end to the attention they’ll lavish on them.
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