If your cat has been licking your other cat a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what to do about it.

So, why does my cat lick my other cat? The most likely reason why your cat licks your other cat is that your cat is grooming your other cat, naturally, in the hopes that your other cat will help groom it back.

There are actually a number of possible causes and your cat might have been doing it due to a combination of reasons.

Why does my cat lick my other cat?

Below are likely reasons why your cat licks your other cat and what would make each of them more likely.

Your cat is grooming your other cat

Cats will naturally groom each other because there are areas that it is difficult for a cat to groom itself. The reason why your cat grooms your other cat is likely to be that your cat is helping your other cat to groom itself. It is also likely that your cat actually would like your other cat to groom it back.

It is possible that your other cat does not groom it back because it is being dominant and your other cat is being more submissive.

Your cat is being affectionate

In combination with grooming, it could also be the case that your cat is showing your other cat affection. This would be more likely if your cat purrs and kneads while doing it.

Your cat is marking its scent

Another possible cause is that your cat is marking its scent onto your other cat. This can help your cat to claim more territory and to deter more competition from other cats.

Consider if your cat has always groomed your other cat

If your cat has not always groomed your other cat, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat has started doing it suddenly and you have not owned your cat for long, it could actually be a sign that your cat has become more comfortable around your other cat.

Let it do it

If the behavior has not been bothering you and your cats have been getting along well, the easiest option would be to let your cat continue licking your other cat.

Why does my cat lick my other cat’s head?

It is difficult for cats to lick their own heads. The reason why your cat licks your other cat’s head is most likely to be that your cat is helping your other cat to groom itself.

Why does my cat wash my other cat?

The most likely reason why your cat washes your other cat is that your cat is helping your cat groom itself in areas that it is difficult for your other cat to groom itself.

Why does only one of my cats lick the other?

It could be the case that only one of your cats licks the other because the other one is being dominant and the other one is being submissive.

Why does my younger cat lick my older cat?

The reason why your younger cat licks your older cat is likely to be that your younger cat is showing affection and helping your older cat to groom itself as well as showing that its rank is lower than your older cat’s.

Why does my cat lick my other cat then bite him?

The reason why your cat licks then bites your other cat is likely to be that your cat goes from grooming your other cat to playing with your other cat. Cat’s will also sometimes bite when they get to difficult to groom fur.

Why does my cat lick my other cat so much?

The reason why your cat licks your other cat could be that your cat is doing it compulsively which would be more likely if your cat has been doing it constantly. The cause might also be that it is being submissive.

Why does my cat lick my other cat’s bum?

It can be difficult for a cat to groom its own bum area. The reason why your cat licks your other cat’s bum is likely to be that your cat is helping your other cat to groom itself. It might also be the case that your cat is being submissive.

Why does my cat lick my other cat’s ear?

The reason why your cat licks your other cat’s ear is likely to be that your cat is helping your other cat to groom itself. It could also be the case that your cat likes the taste of your other cat’s ear.

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