My Cat Licks My Face. Why?

Your cat can show affection in funny ways. Licking your face might be one of them.

By Julie Mignery | Posted: February 3, 2015, 7 p.m. EDT

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Besides for affection, why does my cat lick my face? Breeanna Lehman

There might not be a reason other than affection for your cat’s behavior. Cats lick each other and their people to bond with them and to mark them as their own. Your cat is definitely comfortable with you and thinks you’re cool, otherwise she would keep her tongue to herself.

In addition to showing you that she loves you, however, your cat might be revealing something about her kittenhood when she targets you for licking. Kittens that are weaned before they are ready are more likely to lick and suckle into their adulthood than kittens that spend adequate time with mom. Your cat might remember how nice it felt to be groomed by a cat and thinks you’ll appreciate it, too.

It’s also possible that your cat licks your face because it tastes good. My cat tries to lick me every day, as soon as I start lathering my skin with my cocoa-butter-infused lotion.

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Carol    International

1/3/2016 4:45:56 PM

My cat does this to my husband at 3 am.

Tiffany    bryan, OH

1/3/2016 2:21:34 PM

My cat Chance licks my eyelids and eyebrows if I don't wake up on time. Lol

Katherine L.    Hawley, PA

2/5/2015 8:29:19 PM

All of my cats lick my hands and face sometimes when I pet them, always purring. Usually it's when settling in for a nap and they groom each other as well as me. I think it's saying you're part of the family. They also all greet me at the door and each wait for a kiss on their forehead and a hug, and they reach out and lean in purring for that, too. I can only see the reason as love. <3

Marie    fort pierce, FL

2/5/2015 10:07:07 AM

My cat now named bigun showed up full grown hence the name it took a while for her to get use to us but now she is perfectly happy with us I was wondering why she licked me now I know and am very pleased because she doesn't care for other females just me I feel privileged now

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