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Why does my cat lick my lips. He actively seeks out my lips

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Why does my cat lick my lips. He actively seeks out my lips but also will lick my cheeks and neck
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Rick DVM replied 7 years ago.

Thanks for your question, my name isXXXXX and hopefully I can be of some assistance.


I would hazard a guess that he probably sniffs/licks those areas most since they are the likely places for a woman to wear makeup and/or fragrant lip gloss, perfume, ect. He is probably smelling these products on your skin and then trying to lick them because they smell sweet.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He does this at night when I am in bed,through the night and sometimes early in the morning (which I think is his signal to wake me up and get him food). I don't have makeup on or fragrance at that time and don't tend to wear that very often.

How germ ridden is this behaviour?
Expert:  Dr. Rick DVM replied 7 years ago.

By your previous description it sounded like your cat was exhibiting this behavior all the time. With your additional comments I believe that he is likely trying to rouse you from your sleep for attention or food. This is a sign of affection on his part, and cats frequently groom one another as well. In terms of an infectious risk to you, cats do have bacteria in their mouths, but unless he is breaking your skin, it should not lead to any infection.


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