Playtime is a confidence-building activity so when you first notice the signs of impending licking behavior, engage your cat in an interactive play session. Successfully capturing her “prey” helps change her mindset from needy to confident.
Help her remain occupied and happy when you aren’t available to do interactive play sessions by making sure she has fun and interesting opportunities for solo play. Puzzle feeders are a great way to keep a cat entertained, challenged and when she succeeds, she gets a food reward for her good work.
Tweak Your Cat’s Environment
If the licking is due to stress, boredom or separation issues, you can make some additions to keep your cat’s environment more stimulating. Place a cat tree near a window so your cat can watch the outdoor activity. If it’s practical, place a bird feeder outside the window for some reality cat TV. You can find more environmental enrichment ideas here.
Stay Calm and Positive With Your Cat
When your cat licks you too much it definitely can hurt and it can be easy to lose your patience. Don’t damage the bond you share by shoving her away, yelling or hitting. Develop a positive and constructive game plan that starts with determining why she’s licking you so you can come up with a loving, kind and effective solution.
Need More Information?
For more specifics on cat behavior and training, refer to any of the books by best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennett. Remember, if your cat is excessively licking, whether it’s directed toward herself or others, have her examined by the veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issue.
For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.