Why Does My Cat Lick Me Then Bite Me


Why does my cat lick me and then bite me? The common reasons are curiosity, a sign of love, wanting to be petted and cuddled, and aggression. They need to feel comfortable with you before biting, so they start licking.

Cats are the most popular pet in the world. They are known for their independence, affectionate nature, and hunting skills. However, cats do one thing you may not know about – they love to lick and bite.

Cats often lick and bite their owners when playing with them or being too rough during playtime. However, some argue that cats lick to clean the skin area before a bite.

As a result, many people have been licked and bitten in the mouth by their cats, and some people even have scars from the bites on their faces or arms. So some people may be curious as to why my cat licks me.

Why Does My Cat Lick Me Then Bite Me

There are many reasons; however, some of the agreed-upon causes are as below:

1)- Express Love and Affection

Cats have an instinct to lick and bite their owner. They do it because they have a close relationship with their owners and want to show that they love them.

Cats are known for being clean animals, so when your cat licks you, it is most likely because she wants to clean your skin and ensure you’re healthy. Cats also like to mark their territory by leaving their scent on the owner’s skin. This can be seen as a way for the cat to say, “I’m here. I’m mine.”

2)- Lick and Bite Inhibition

Cats do bite out of fear, but there is a real reason why cats bite when they feel threatened. They may also be testing your limits to see how much you can tolerate before you decide to leave them alone.

But when cats lick and bite owners, it doesn’t mean they are feeling fear or threatened, or you are not treating them well. Instead, cats have specific licking and biting behavior called “Lick and Bite Inhibition.”

When your cat licks and bites you, they want to be close and cuddle with you. It’s not because they want to cause pain or harm like some other animals might do.

3)- Playing and Enjoyment

Cats are known to be curious and playful. They also have a natural tendency to explore their surroundings.

The main reason cats lick and then bite is that they want attention. They will usually lick and bite the owner’s hand or arm if they are ignored for too long.

This behavior is often seen in kittens because it helps them get close to their mother for milk during nursing sessions. When they feel bored and want to play, cats usually reach and paws out to you

4)- Curiosity in nature

Cats are known for their curiosity. They are always up to something. Sometimes, they will lick your hand and then suddenly bite you.

It can be quite painful, and it is not uncommon for people to think their cats are trying to hurt them on purpose.

A cat’s rough tongue helps break down the meat in its prey, so cats often lick their food before eating it. So they try to give you a glimpse of their instinct as a predator and hunter. They won’t intentionally lick and bite to provide you with pain or infection.


Believe it or not, some cats love to be a bit. The most common reason a cat licks you are trying to bond and mark their territory.

Their teeth may be making your skin sensitive and giving you a little scare. 

Some scientists believe cats lick and bite humans to show affection, while others think it is a form of communication. Cats also lick and bite other animals to mark their territory.

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Dr. Debra White

Hi, I am Dr. Debra White. I am a Licensed Mental Health Professional and has an experience 12 years of practice. I am contributing my thoughts and research on different topics. Feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns regarding anything at

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