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Why Does My Cat Lick Me? 5 Unusual Cat Facts

Loved pets, mighty overlords and internet heroes, cats are the stuff of legend. That doesn't mean though that there isn't anything left to learn about them. Here we set out to answer the most frequently asked why, when, where, what and how of the pet cat.

Cat licking finger

Why does my cat lick me?

Because you taste like fish... Ok, not true. However, cats licking people isn't uncommon, but why they do it is not that well known. There isn't a definitive answer though it is more than likely to do with one of the two following explanations.

1. Marking you... Yup, your cat is claiming rights over you. Basically it is territorial. The act of licking you, cleaning you up is the same as rubbing their scent glands on every bit of furniture in your home.

2. Aww, they love you... Licking is a form of affection. It's a behaviour learnt as kitten through interactions with their mother. Think of it as them petting you.

When do cats stop growing?

When do cats stop growing?

Usually between one and two years old. That's human years. Obviously breed and parentage though will have an impact on the final size and weight of the kitty in question. Savannahs for example can weigh up to 30lbs without an ounce of fat on them!?

Other notable big breeds include the Ragdoll, Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cat. There is also the Siberian. The Siberian Forest Cat hails from Russia and it is believed that nearly all large and long-coated breeds date back to these mighty balls of fur.

Tortoiseshell breed grumpy cat

What breed is grumpy cat?

Grumpy cat (not pictured, she's so famous she has image rights) is a moggy. She's called Tardar Sauce and is a mix of Persian, Ragdoll, and/or Snowshoe.

What do you mean you don't know who Grumpy Cat is? Grumpy Cat took ownership of the internet after her picture featured on the bookmarking site reddit. Since then she's never really looked back. Her permanently disgruntled expression is due to feline dwarfism and bit of an under bite. She also has back legs that are described by her owner as 'a bit different'. Despite Tardar's reputation, she is by all accounts a happy kitty unfazed by her celeb status.

Where do cats come from?

Where do cats come from?

This isn't exactly easy to answer. Thankfully some clever bods have already done the research! It turns out the cat wandering around your home has quite the ancestral history.

Dating back to between 130,000 and 160,000 years the 'adam and eve' of the domestic cat is a mix of five types of interbreeding wild cats that eventually created felis silvestris lybica the clearest predecessor of the modern house cat.

The house cat as we know it was domesticated about 4000 years ago by the Egyptians, making use of their natural hunting skills to keep vermin under control. Other civilisations followed suit and before long the domestic cat was pervasive the world over. World domination is only opposable thumbs away.

Cat purring

How do cats purr?

It's an intriguing trait of the house cat (and a few big cats too); the purr. That constant vibrating of the vocal chords that indicates a certain contentment. But how do they do it? It's all about air flow past the voice box.

Cats have a special ability to vibrate the muscles of their voice box. As they vibrate this effectively turns them into a valve for the air being breathed in and out. And as such as the air passes through it creates the continuous purring noise. Neat.