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Why Does my Cat Lick Me?
Petside.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jo Singer

Posted on 08/17/2012 12:40:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

When a cat jumps into your lap, settles in, relaxes and shortly thereafter starts licking your face, you have just received the feline version of a huge compliment. Since this behavior is an expression of deep affection and trust, it is truly a moment for cat guardians to treasure.

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[O]ne of the most common questions asked by folks who live with felines is, “What does it mean when my cat licks me?”

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As social beings, cats lick each other for a variety of reasons. As newborn kittens, their very first worldly experience is being licked clean by their mother and as they get older, for grooming. Kittens groom one another, and adult cats who are not related, but get along well who get along often spend considerable time grooming one another.

If you have ever watched cats licking one other, it’s obvious that the cats receive great enjoyment from the tactile sensation of a rough, moist tongue grooming their bodies. It is not only pleasant and calming, while exchanging their scents, mutual licking helps to build and maintain close bonds.

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But even the most passionate cat lovers don’t lick their kitties to return the favor. Instead, we pet them. The sensation cats feel, as we gently stroke their fur, may in fact resemble their mother’s loving touch. Of course there are some of us who do sniff our kitties, since the scent of a healthy cat is delightfully subtle to feline connoisseurs. But don’t knock cat-sniffing until you try it.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; kitties; kittyping
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1 posted on 08/17/2012 12:41:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows
Why Does my Cat Lick Me?

Because you taste like meat?

2 posted on 08/17/2012 12:42:15 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Why does your cat lick you?

Are you salty?


3 posted on 08/17/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: jessduntno

Who the hell cares?


4 posted on 08/17/2012 12:43:22 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...


5 posted on 08/17/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Because you just mixed tuna salad with your bare hands. Don’t you remember?


6 posted on 08/17/2012 12:44:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Because they can.


7 posted on 08/17/2012 12:45:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BubbaBasher

“Who the hell cares?”

Kitty?


8 posted on 08/17/2012 12:45:27 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

To see if you are worth killing and eating, of course.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 12:47:09 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Slings and Arrows

To get that butt taste out of his mouth. Well you asked...


10 posted on 08/17/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I dunno, let’s axe the 0bama gubmint to research it fer a couple of millun dolarz . . .


11 posted on 08/17/2012 12:48:20 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Slings and Arrows
It could be worse.

Some cats maul shoes.

12 posted on 08/17/2012 12:48:48 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: jessduntno

Why does your cat lick you?
To clean his tongue after he licks his butt.


13 posted on 08/17/2012 12:49:32 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: Slings and Arrows
To determine if you're edible.

As a corollary, part of the food you eat is later detectable on your skin. He's checking to see whether you've been holding out the good stuff for yourself.

14 posted on 08/17/2012 12:50:02 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I get love nips and nose bumps from my two.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 12:50:53 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (R&R isn't just a railroad in Monopoly anymore!)
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To: ExSoldier

Ping.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 12:51:33 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The answer is simple: Cats lick you to smooth down the hair on your face/hands/feet or to give you the ultimate in what it’s like to be a kitten. OR! Maybe they just want to taste you!


17 posted on 08/17/2012 12:52:06 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Dogs + stress = If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and waIlk away.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

18 posted on 08/17/2012 12:52:06 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My Hannah ahs done that a few times. Her loves me! :)

I would rather have this though.

Kitty Massage Therapy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=598IdFlOXcQ


19 posted on 08/17/2012 12:52:33 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

They love taste and smell and lick each other because they are loving pets. I love mine.


20 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:09 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Threads like this really make me miss my babies. They have been gone, respectively, 11 and 4 years (Musica lived to 25+). It still feels like it was yesterday.

That isn’t a bad thing — tears for those we love are never wrong.

We haven’t adopted any new kitties because I spend so much time on the road it wouldn’t be fair to leave them alone.

I always enjoy the kitty list threads :)


21 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My cat licks my hands after I've used anti-bacterial gel. And she washes my hair occasionally.
22 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:17 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

One of the little sweet things in life. My old lady furball is stingy with her kisses, but her sister (R.I.P.) must’ve been part labrador retriever... I swear, that cat would lick on your arm for an hour!


23 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:24 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: steve8714

Heh heh heh ... someone had to say it ...


24 posted on 08/17/2012 12:55:19 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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25 posted on 08/17/2012 12:55:43 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: Monkey Face; mardi59; Excellence; workerbee

My tomcat is a kisser - every time I come home, every time I go to sleep, it’s “Break out the sandpaper!”


26 posted on 08/17/2012 12:59:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What am I missing here!? Mrs. RQSR, and myself married almost 35 years, and have had about forty cats (same count for dogs), and currently have three dogs, and sixteen cats.

The only ones in memory that lick us have been the babies. Otherwise they sit on us, and lick themselves incessantly, and gag up hairballs.

Nope the licking is something in our experience is confined to new borns, and up to adolescent. After that they are more layabout, and if they get all lovey they snuggle, rub up against us, and demand we pet them, rub their tummies, and the like.

After as many a cat as have adopted us one might think we’d have been licked thin by now. Not.

THEY lick each other YES. NOT US.


27 posted on 08/17/2012 12:59:25 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Nom nom nom!


28 posted on 08/17/2012 12:59:45 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When I was a kid and laying on the floor in front of the TV my cat would lick my scalp. His tongue felt like sandpaper. He put his paws on the side of my head so that I would not move.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 1:02:36 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL

I can barely make it through the door and Hannah is on her back, talking and waiting for a 10 minute tummy rub. Then she lifts her head waiting for kisses on her chin, followed by more talking and alot of sandpaper kissies.

She owns me.


30 posted on 08/17/2012 1:03:50 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty love :-D


31 posted on 08/17/2012 1:04:36 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: humblegunner

Our kitty has a shoe fetish. When she was really little, she liked to climb in, head first.


32 posted on 08/17/2012 1:05:08 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: BubbaBasher

Who the hell cares?

Anyone who is fascinated by cats.


33 posted on 08/17/2012 1:05:08 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Big Horn
They love taste and smell and lick each other because they are loving pets

Actually mine take about fifteen minutes ambushing each other, then take a nap to rest up for sleep.

34 posted on 08/17/2012 1:06:33 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (R&R isn't just a railroad in Monopoly anymore!)
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To: mardi59

You know what they say, “Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.”


35 posted on 08/17/2012 1:07:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: workerbee

That’s cute and looks like our cat too.. :)


36 posted on 08/17/2012 1:08:33 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: knittnmom

One of my girls has a shoe fetish. She’s nearly 12 pounds, but she still tries to dive headfirst into smelly sneakers.

The same cat also likes to lick baby oil off my legs every morning when I get out of the shower. Six years now, every morning, since she was a wee kitten.


37 posted on 08/17/2012 1:08:33 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: andyk

There’s an “In Soviet Russia...” joke in that pic, but I haven’t got the guts to make it.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 1:09:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats tongues are a reminder that life is not necessarily controlled by humans. :o]


39 posted on 08/17/2012 1:10:17 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Dogs + stress = If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and waIlk away.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

LOL! Maybe our kitties are related! Our kitty likes to lick our lotions, too.


40 posted on 08/17/2012 1:12:07 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
“What does it mean when my cat licks me?”

What does it mean when a dog sticks it's nose in your crotch?

41 posted on 08/17/2012 1:15:07 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: dfwgator

LOL I’m the head chef! :)


42 posted on 08/17/2012 1:15:07 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: knittnmom

It’s weird. Her twin sister couldn’t care less.

They’re so different!


43 posted on 08/17/2012 1:16:49 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: BubbaBasher
Who the hell cares?

Cat owners, that's who the hell cares. Why are you even on this thread?

44 posted on 08/17/2012 1:20:11 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Slings and Arrows

pussy licking is natural.


45 posted on 08/17/2012 1:20:53 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Cause you just had a tuna sandwich?


46 posted on 08/17/2012 1:24:09 PM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: School of Rational Thought

(Saturday Night Live)
DON PARDO: “And now, Weekend Update, with the Weekend Update news team. Brought to you by...Pussy Whip. The first dessert topping for cats.”


47 posted on 08/17/2012 1:26:02 PM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: Slings and Arrows

I always figured my cat was tasting me to decide whether or not to let me live another day.


48 posted on 08/17/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: zeugma

If a cat licks its shoulder, that’s supposedly a sign of hostility. So watch out.


49 posted on 08/17/2012 1:27:57 PM PDT by livius
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To: Slings and Arrows
When your cat licks you, remember that he or she may have just killed mice and eaten, squirrels, insects including crickets, and other small mammals and birds.

So--is your cat licking you? Or tasting you?

If you are home alone with your cat, and you feel something drag you down by your heels, be afraid. Be VERY afraud.
50 posted on 08/17/2012 1:28:20 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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