Feline overgrooming behaviors that don't have a medical basis are called psychogenic alopecia. Many cats turn into nervous wrecks in the face of too much stress. But rather than developing ulcers the way some people do, stressed cats may resort to overgrooming. Overgrooming is when a cat spends an abnormally large amount of time obsessively grooming itself.
After all, cat self-grooming is an important behavior that helps cats remove loose hair, dirt, and parasites from their coat. If your cat is licking too much, they can lose fur in strips along their back, belly, or inner legs. The affected areas may be completely bare or have very short stubble. Your cat may also have an unusually high number of hairballs.
If you own a cat, then you know just how charming and pleasing and agitating it can be when feeling when they lick your skin. You understand that the way they clean themselves is by licking. It is natural for them to lick if they feel they are not clean enough. Aside from cats being fastidiously clean, their sandpapery tongue making contact with surfaces can be a compulsive behavior for them.
And the behavior is not limited to just licking herself or her food bowl. While it may be a form of flattery, cat licking still has the potential to become excessive or tiresome. Here are the four most common reasons why your cat licks you.