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Why Do Cats Rub their Faces on Everything?

cat rubbing face blogIf you’ve ever witnessed your cat rubbing his or her face on you, the furniture, or other objects, you might be wondering what this behavior is all about. Below are three possible reasons:

1. Territory Marking: Cats often rub their faces on objects to leave their scent behind (this is called bunting). This is done through small scent glands around the mouth, chin, face, ears, and neck. Bunting is seen more frequently in male cats than in female cats. Bunting is often done to cover up scents left behind by other felines.

2. Anxiety Relief: Spreading their scent around can make cats feel more comfortable if they’re in an unfamiliar environment.

3. Affection: Cats not only rub their faces to leave their scent behind, they also sometimes do it to pick up other scents. They might greet their owner this way as a sign of affection.

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Joni January 13, 2015, 6:13 am

    They also do this as a sign of acceptance. Welcoming you into their family.

  • Jordan Walker January 13, 2015, 5:38 pm

    My mum’s cat always rubs her face to my legs every time I visit my mum. This must be her way in welcoming me in their house or she just wants an attention.

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