Why Do Cats Rub Against You?

person petting orange tabby cat

Each morning, when I open a new can of wet cat food, I anticipate two things: 1. My cat’s meows that are harmonious and sweet, extremely happy older cat, and 2. The soft nuzzling of the fur of his body on my pant’s bottom leg. He is a fan of mealtimes, and, to me, it appears the expression of his joy and love for his favourite human. It’s more likely than the chicken pate I put on his table.

Your legs, your face, your couch, or your cat, cats appear amazed by how they rub over objects, whether through their cheeks that are smooshy or their entire body. The behaviour may seem funny, such as when my cat rubs its tail against my dog’s face; however, just like head banging, there’s a purpose to this behaviour.

Two Reasons to The Reasons Your Cat Rubs Items (Including You)

1. Your cat is trying to communicate with you.

Cats are talkers, even when they don’t speak human language. Though cats enjoy vocal communication, such as meows, hisses, and growls, they usually prefer body communication. The body language of a feline communicates using its entire body, from its front paws to the tip of its tails. The tails of the kitty are particularly effective ways to communicate that tell much about how the cat is experiencing. When cats feel especially satisfied or are eager to display their happiness or affection, they can rub their body or tail against something nearby (or their favourite human).

Two cats who are close pals could engage in this behaviour (being social) and, sometimes, even lock their tails for a few seconds to show their appreciation for their friend and check in.

2. Your cat is eager to make their scent known.

Felines are attracted to scents that look like their scents, and smells are extremely important for felines (both native and domesticated). They have small glands throughout their bodies, so whenever a cat wishes to reveal information about itself to the world, they rub its scent glands against objects and spreads scents everywhere they travel. Suppose your cat feels as if you’re not smelling good (meaning that you’re not like they do) or desires to put your scent upon you. They could rub their tails over your body or rub their body with their soft cheek.

If your cat rubs their fluffy tail or cuddly body against something, there’s no reason to be anxious. If your cat appears to press hard against objects, such as you, and this happens with greater frequency or seems to require you to lean against something like they’re tired, book the appointment to see your vet to check for any health issues.




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