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Why does my cat lick everything?

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According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cats lick for a variety of reasons, including a response to stress, illness and boredom or even as a form of comfort. Cats may also suckle or lick people continuously if they have been weaned early or orphaned.

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Continuous sucking and licking can lead to compulsive disorders. The ASPCA recommends that a cat who constantly licks should be checked out by a vet, especially if the cat is older. Hyperthyroidism is one illness that can cause behavior changes in cats over 10 years old. A cat should not be punished for licking. If the licking is a response to stress or anxiety, punishment may make the situation worse.

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