Q:

Why does my cat lick my face?

A:

Quick Answer

In general, when cats lick, they are seeking comfort. According to the ASPCA, many cats who habitually lick are believed to have been taken from their mothers too early.

  Know More

Full Answer

Kittens engage in both licking and sucking behaviors as they interact with their mothers, and some adult cats continue these actions if, as kittens, they were stopped too soon. Other cats use licking and sucking to comfort themselves when they are feeling stressed, worried, sick or bored. Some felines probably lick and suck simply because they find the behaviors enjoyable. Nothing needs to be done about the actions unless they appear to be compulsive, such as if the cats cannot be distracted from licking.

Learn more about Cats
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why does my cat lick everything?

    A:

    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cats lick for a variety of reasons, including a response to stress, illness and boredom or even as a form of comfort. Cats may also suckle or lick people continuously if they have been weaned early or orphaned.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does a cat lick its hair?

    A:

    Cats lick their own hair, or fur, and the fur of other cats for a variety of reasons, including grooming, cooling off and bonding. Cats spend 50 percent of the time they are awake licking themselves.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a Birman cat?

    A:

    Birman cats are a breed of domestic long-haired cats that possess a distinct pattern of pale fur with color points on the face and ears. Their fur is all single length with no downy undercoat as in other breeds. All four feet have white spots that resemble gloves.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does a lynx-point Siamese cat look like?

    A:

    The cat commonly nicknamed the lynx-point Siamese has a long, light-colored body, a wedge-shaped head, large ears, blue almond-shaped eyes and striped points around the face, ears, legs and tail. The stripes in the point areas can be various colors, including various shades of brown, red or gray.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore