What does it mean when a cat licks you? Written by Russel in A What does it mean when a cat licks you? A cat licking you is a sign of affection. They learn as kittens when their mother groomed them. A cat may also lick you to detect and interpret a new scent on your skin. Russel A pet owner who loves to share useful facts and information about animals. For now, I write mostly about dogs and cats.