If you do not know this, it is also very strange, because the tongues of cats are amazingly rough and so being licked off is also a very unexpected experience.

If you do not know this, it is also very strange, because the tongues of cats are amazingly rough and so being licked off is also a very unexpected experience.

Today I want to devote myself to the questions of why cats lick them and why they sometimes start to bite when you are petting them.

There are several reasons why cats lick their masters off:

To strengthen the bond with people.

If you have more than one cat, you may have seen cats licking each other off. This is a social behavior to strengthen the bond between the cats or maybe also to calm the other cat. In any case, it is meant nicely and you should be happy that the cat shows you such affection – and then wash your hands nicely!

To get rid of odors.

Cats brush their tongues. When you have eaten, they lick each other for a long time afterwards to get the food scraps and smells out of their fur. It is therefore obvious that, for the same reason, they lick people off when they spread a smell. Bonus: the person smells like the cat itself and the cat has marked it as property.

To absorb odors.

Of course, cats also like to lick things they like. Spilled milk, chip crumbs – what do the animals actually dislike? When I’ve cut potatoes or my hands smell of something else interesting, the cats like to smell and lick it.
Licking it off may not be pleasant, but it actually only tickles a little because cats have such rough tongues. It is worse if the cat suddenly bites while petting.

Why does my cat bite when you pet it?

There are four reasons the cat may nibble on its human while petting it:

Declaration of love

If the cat purrs while being stroked and maybe even drooling contentedly and then bites the person very gently, it can simply be an expression of love. The bite doesn’t hurt anymore, even if you still prefer not to be bitten, but there is no aggressiveness involved. The cat just likes you.

Playful behavior

If the cat becomes restless while stroking and maybe even reaching with its paws, this can also be simply playful behavior. With Garrus it is occasionally the case that he lies on the chair and lets himself be petted, and then at some point tries to take his arm and bite something in the game. He just has a lot of energy and likes to play. You should of course not support such a thing and generally not play with your hands with cats (but with fishing toys or other toys ).


Many cats do not like being touched on the stomach or paws. If you stroke and scratch your cat and suddenly feel your cat’s teeth, you should see this as a warning not to stroke this area any more. Of course, there are other warning signs if the cat doesn’t like something – often it flaps its tail back and forth a little beforehand. Then it is better not to touch it any more. Here, too, the cat should not bite hard, but warn its human first.


In probably very few cases, biting is aggressiveness. This shouldn’t happen with normal petting if the cat doesn’t show any signs of aggression. The cat bites suddenly when striking although the cat has always been petted beforehand, it can also be that the cat is in pain somewhere and aggressive biting is more or less a reaction to the pain. Does she z. B. Any inflammation, or a broken paw, or anything that hurts to touch, may bite or scratch it when you get there. In such cases, or in general, when aggressive behavior occurs that cannot be explained or that did not exist before, you should visit a veterinarian and have the cat examined.

Playing properly with cats

This is how you get rid of the cat from biting
It is sure to be cute to be nibbled on by a kitten, but it can get a lot more uncomfortable with a full-grown cat. If the cat starts to bite, stop petting or playing immediately and say “Ouch!” Out loud. In no case should you punish the cat – they learn good behavior through positive reinforcement.

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So if the cat nibbles at people and then stops playing and they are placed on the floor, you basically take away the positive reinforcement. This is how she learns that the game continues if she doesn’t bite and should learn not to bite in the future.

What can also help is exhausting the cat . If the cat builds up a lot of energy or aggressiveness, it may eventually discharge. If you play a lot with the cat and let it play, it will be more balanced and may not see the friendly petting as an encouragement to playfully attack.