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Licking The Hand That Feeds You | Why Cats Lick People

I hope you’re not insulted by this, but one reason cats lick people and other cats is to get them clean. Of course, we lick out of love, too!


One reason cats lick people is to get them clean.

Many cats lick people they love.

Why do cats lick people, Thomasina? My cat licks my hands all the time. Does that mean she loves me?
— Curious Cat Mom

Hey, Curious!
Cats lick people for a few reasons, and one of them is love!

Sometimes being around a human we like and trust brings out the mom cat in us, too. Just like our mothers licked us when we were kittens to keep us clean, some cats lick people to get all that invisible (to you) dirt off.

Cats Lick People With Invisible Sponges