Why is My Cat Licking The Wall?

Does it look familiar to you?

Image Many cat owners are used to cats licking themselves, but not so much the walls. The reason for this unusual habit is probably a medical or behavioral problem and the best way to determine the reason for such behavior is to consult with your veterinarian.

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Medical conditions

Cats have been shown to lick non-food items due to a deficiency in their diet. Diets low in iron and other essential nutrients can lead to feline anemia. In addition to an iron-deficient diet, anemia could also be an indicator of more serious diseases like feline leukemia.

Fortunately, a simple blood test can determine whether or not your cat is anemic.


Your cat’s unusual licking habit may simply be due to boredom. Your cat may be bored and seeking attention. Try providing your cat with new toys or a companion to make Its environment more attractive.


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Spraying Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray on an area of ​​the wall that your cat likes to lick could also help break the habit, as it works as a taste deterrent, leaving an unpleasant taste on the wall that is completely safe to use on your cat and the walls.

Final Thoughts

Compulsive behavior: If you’ve ruled out boredom and medical disorders, your cat’s strange habit may have turned into a compulsive disorder. At this point, consider taking it to your vet for a better diagnosis.


  • Amanda Wheatley

    Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..) Why Trust ShelterAPet? At ShelterAPet, our collective is composed of writers, veterinarians, and seasoned animal trainers with a deep passion for pets. Our team of esteemed professionals delves into extensive research to deliver trustworthy insights on a broad spectrum of pet-related subjects. We anchor our evaluations on direct customer experiences, meticulous testing, and comprehensive scrutiny. Our commitment is to uphold transparency and integrity for our cherished community of pet aficionados and prospective pet parents.

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