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Why Does My Cat Lick My Nose Part 2

Thanks for joining us for part 2 of why cats lick our nose. If you have not read part one yet you can go back and catch up.

5. You are tasty. Your sweat is salty and may taste good to your cat. There are many reasons that your cat might find you tasty. Maybe you have recently baked something and transferred the scent and taste to you face. You cat may pick up on the smell of it and is exploring to find out what it is. After all, if it smells good it most likely tastes good too so why not just give it a try and take a lick. After all you never know what you will find unless you do some exploring.

6. They want some attention. Have you been busy lately? Does your schedule keep you away from home more? After a period of 2 years where people were home a lot more due to the pandemic. Our pets got used to having us around much more during the last couple of years. As people start to go back to work and are doing less remote work our pets are aware of the change. They miss having that extra time with us and want to be with us. They may be feeling lonely and are letting you know that they need a little extra attention.

7. Is your cat stressed? When your cat is stressed or injured, they can tend to exhibit excessive licking. It is possible that they are trying to tell you something. They could be stressed out by changes in your household or have an underlying condition that needs looking into. Do some investigating and you might find the answer to the problem.


So why does it feel weird when your cat licks you with their tongue. Well, your cat’s tongue is unique and has little back facing barbs on it called papillae. This is what makes their tongue feel rough like sandpaper to us. It is made to help clean the cat’s fur and remove foreign objects for them. This also helps your cat with drinking and eating. The rough tongue captures water for them, and it helps them to remove meat from the bones of their food. They have a great and unique tongue.


But I don’t want my cat to lick my nose! Fair enough! If you don’t want to have your cat licking your face or nose, then you can distract them to get them to stop. Play with them or do something that keeps them away from your face. Simply moving them away can be enough. When we exhibit negative behavior with our cats, they will exhibit negative behavior or may withdraw. That is not our goal so gently moving your cat or distracting them is the best way to handle getting them to stop.


If you have questions about your cat or wonder if there is something more serious going on feel free to have your cat, check over at the clinic by one of our vets. They may be perfectly fine, but the peace of mind is worth having them looked at if you have any concerns.