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My cat licks you like he is cleaning you then he will bite you. When he bites he grabs ahold and doesn't let go. He will continue to increase his grip on you then when he starts to lose his grip he will bite you again and do the same thing. Why does he do this?
For some cats, grooming is a way of displaying status. With cats who are grooming their human family members it can be a confusing emotion because it can start out as calm and then the grooming behavior creates stimulation and/or anxiety. Grooming (whether the cat is doing it to himself or to you) can also be displacement behavior and the cat might be licking you to work off his energy. Maybe he really wants to play or is frustrated by something. While many cats will lick their owners or other companion pets as a show of bonding and affection, it’s not unusual for some cats to get a bit confused. My suggestion would be to not let him lick you for too long. Since he seems to display a pattern, let him lick you a couple of times and then gently distract him with a toy or play session.
If he does bite you again, don’t pull away because that will cause him to bite harder. Instead, say a high-pitched “ouch” or “no” to startle him while at the same time, gently push toward him. This will cause him to loosen his grip.