Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

James Glover
by James Glover
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QuestionWhy does my cat lick my hand or arm when i'm petting her? (Daniel McGonigle - Delaware)

Answer

Your cat licking you is a very common behavior, as it is in dogs. This can be for the salty taste that all parts of the human body exude because of sweat glands. More commonly, however, it is a sign of affection. Another sign of affection is very gentle biting on your hands or face.

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