“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.
Why do cats lick people? And what about kitties who lick their human’s hair? Here’s my own experience with being groomed by a cat and a few reasons why cats groom humans: I .
Why does my cat lick me. Some people believe that cats lick people because of the salt they taste on their skin. While this may be true, there is another underlying reason as to why cats lick us. Often, it is simply a sign of affection. In the wild, cats often groom each other to show they are accepting the receiver into their group.
In general, there are two major reasons a cat will lick human family members: Some cats lick for social affiliation and affection If you have more than one cat, or have observed cats together, you’ll notice that cats will lick other cats in their social group. Known as “allogrooming,” many species of animals will lick and groom each other.