Why Cats Engage In Mutual Feline Licking

 Mutual licking often signals bonding, trust, and friendship between cats.

Social Grooming  

 Saliva transfers scent chemicals that label group membership.  

Scent Exchange   

The motions release endorphins, helping relax and destress cats.

Calming Act 

Antiseptic in saliva prevents infection of wounds on licked areas.   

Healing Help  

 It may indicate assertions of hierarchy and territory.  

Dominance Play

Reminiscent of mothers tending litters, showing care.

Mothering Instinct  

Compulsive licking can reflect anxiety or health problems.

Underlying Issues   

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