Palo Alto cat has an obsession with licking her proprietor

Pricey JOAN: I have a cat named Cecily. She’s a Maine coon and is really loveable and mellow. These days, she has made a behavior that is driving me a mad.

She licks me all the time. She primarily licks my arms and fingers, but at night, I at times wake up to her licking my legs, feet and a couple of periods, even my deal with. I really don’t like the experience of her tongue. I can just take it for a little though, but then it will become aggravating. I also fear that she might be licking a thing off my skin that can make her sick.

Why is she carrying out it, and how do I get her to knock it off?

Lucy L., Palo Alto

Dear LUCY: There are a number of reasons that cats like to lick us — and opposite to fantasy, they aren’t tenderizing us in preparation for a future cat revolt.

Whilst none of the explanations are indications of health difficulties, it’s however some thing you will want to focus on with your vet. There may well be something missing in Cecily’s diet program — sodium, potentially — that she’s having from licking your skin.

In all chance, Cecily is just exhibiting you that she enjoys you. Cats frequently lick their litter mates and even other animals as a signal of passion. She almost certainly sees you as a wonderful companion, and as this sort of, she is exhibiting her love.

She also could be marking you as her home. Cats use scent to mark territory, frequently rubbing their chins and mouths on products, leaving a scent that tells other cats that this residence is taken. They also do it by licking items, or in this circumstance, people.

If you have other pets or a human that you are fond of, Cecily could be warning them not to get also significant about you as you are taken.

Cecily may well also be commenting on your grooming. Mama cats groom their kittens in buy to train them how to do it. You shouldn’t choose this as a critical criticism of your hygiene or grooming behaviors. It is just a cat point.