Top 7 Reasons for Cat Licking

Cats lick each other to strengthen social bonds and show affection within their group

Social Bonding

Mutual grooming is a sign of trust and care among cats, maintaining clean coats

Mutual Grooming

Licking conveys communication and helps establish hierarchy and dominance.


Licking can be a stress-relief mechanism for cats, soothing and calming them

Stress Relief

Cats may lick wounds to aid in the healing process, keeping them clean

Healing Wounds

Mother cats lick kittens for hygiene and to stimulate urination and defecation

Maternal Care

Licking helps distribute scent, marking territory, and identifying family members

Scent and Territory

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