I have had only one cat who licks quite a bit. One cat always licks a couple of times then nips. Licking is both a grooming and a social behavior and also a form of kitty first aid. I always liken the social aspect to monkeys picking fleas off each other or girls bushing each other's hair. A typical greeting between friendly cats in the same clowder group of cats is the less dominant cat to head butt the more dominant cat. The dominant cat then will lick the head of the less dominant cat.
Or maybe what causes your kitty to purr? However, how well do you really know your beloved feline? Why does my cat lick me? First and foremost, a cat will lick you if he or she feels comfortable and secure in your company.
Cats will overgroom out of anxiety, which might carry on over to you: If you notice that your cat has been off its rocker lately, then anxiety might just be the cause. Moving to a new home, gaining a new roommate, moving the furniture, and even a change in diet can bring on an anxiety issue. Try to determine any problem causing factors that may be in the kitty's environment if you think this might be the cause. No one likes to be stressed out or anxious; especially animals!
Thinkstock Cats groom themselves to remove debris off the fur and to help regulate their body temperature. If it seems like your favorite feline spends most of his waking hours grooming himself, you are probably right. Cats typically spend anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of their time grooming themselves, and this is considered normal behavior for them. Grooming may also be a self-soothing behavior for some cats and a sign that they are feeling comfortable in their environments.