Some cats lick themselves or the air when they get pets and scratches from people. Let's explore why this happens. If you are gently scratching an area of your cat's body that she can't reach herself, it might be dirty or itchy because it's escaped her careful grooming efforts. This happens commonly on the rear end and tail-head areas of cats that are overweight. When you touch that area, it can trigger an automatic desire for your cat to groom the spot, but since she can't reach it, she licks at the air or a part of her body that she can reach instead. If your cat has fleas, mites, or allergies that cause itchy skin, your petting might be scratching an itch or causing an uncomfortable feeling for her.
Why Do Some Cats Lick Themselves or the Air When You Pet Them?
Why does my cat lick her fur where I just petted her?
The first, frankly, is the most positive for our egos. Your cat is not trying to rub away your strokes in the same way a young child wipes away your kisses. Far from it. Cats regard us as other cats. Large, strange looking cats, but catlike beings that are neither above nor below themselves. When you pet your cat and she then licks the same spot, it could be her way of performing mutual grooming, an act that occurs between close and loving cats. In this scenario, you are another cat grooming your cat.
Why Does My Cat... Lick Herself Whenever I Pet Her?
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Some cats have a curious habit of licking themselves when they receive pets and gentle scratches , while others will attempt to lick the air. A small percentage of felines will even bite or scratch the people petting them. Some genuinely seem to enjoy the attention , while others probably feel some measure of discomfort.