Licking is part of who a cat is, and what we do.
Humans sometimes don’t understand our licking.
I’ll try to explain it to you.
I’m one of the all-time champion lickers, so I feel equipped to answer the age old question.
Why do cats lick?
Licking helps us mark our territory.
If we love someone (kitty or human), we lick to put our scent on them.
That tells intruders, “She’s mine, stay away.”
We lick to show our affection to another kitty.
Our mothers licked us when we were small, so we pass on that love.
Why we lick humans?
It’s our form of petting.
We like it when humans pet us.
When we lick, it is a way for us to pet the humans we like.
If you have a licker like me, you may have experienced some minor pain.
You know what I mean.
Our tongues have little barbs on them for grooming.
Those little barbas can hurt if we lick you long enough.
Please don’t reprimand us, we’re just showing you we love you.
Just start petting us and we will probably trade the licking for petting.
(Just a tip from inside the kitty kingdom.)
So next time your cat’s tongue comes out, think about what I’ve told you.
We love you, we’re being affectionate, and we’re marking you as “ours.”
Grin and bear it, because the love is worth the pain.
The Dapper Gent
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