This post will show you a number of possible reasons why your cat might lick your arms a lot and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat lick my arms? Likely reasons why your cat licks your arms are that it is grooming you, it likes the taste of your arms, or that it is being affectionate.

There are actually many possible reasons why your cat has been licking your arms and it might be due to a combination of causes. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat licks your arms

Below are possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make them more likely.

It is grooming you

Cats will often groom each other to help keep their fur clean and to show affection. The reason why your cat does it could be that it is grooming you. This would be more likely if your cat doesn’t only lick your arms and if it also licks things such as your hair.

It likes how you taste

The reason why your cat licks your arms could also be that it likes the way that your arms taste. This would be more likely if your cat tends to lick your hands and arms more at a certain time such as when you have been cooking.

It is being affectionate

A part of the cause is likely to be that your cat is showing you affection. This would be more likely if your cat tends to lick you more when you are petting it.

To mark its scent

It could also be the case that your cat has been licking you in order to mark its scent on to you. This would be more likely if your cat also rubs itself on you when it does it and if it does not only lick your arms. By marking its scent on to you, it will make it less likely that other animals will enter its territory and will help to keep it safer.

Anxiety

It could also be the case that it has some anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when you are leaving home or when something else could be causing it to be anxious.

Things to consider about your cat licking your arms

Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your cat has been licking your arms.

If your cat has always licked your arms

If your cat did not always lick your arms, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that your cat became more comfortable around you or because you started interacting with it differently.

What else is different when your cat licks your arms

It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat tends to lick your arms. For example, if your cat licks your arms more after you have been cooking, it would be more likely that your cat likes the taste and smell of your arms. Whereas, if your cat does it when you are petting it, your cat will likely be doing it because it is being affectionate.

What to do about your cat licking your arms

Below are some things you can do about your cat licking your arms.

Redirect its focus

The first option would be to redirect your cat’s focus when it seems likely to start licking your arms. One way to do so could be to pet it in a different spot.

Give it distractions

If your cat also licks your arms when you are not petting it, another option would be to give your cat things to be distracted by such as toys.

Get it to sit in a different spot

If your cat tends to lick your arms when it is sitting next to you, you could also get your cat to sit in a different spot. By doing so, it will be harder for your cat to lick your arms.

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