Why Cats Rub Their Face On You

They're Communicating With Each Other "Cats like many animals use pheromones, those naturally-occurring scent chemicals, to communicate," says Wisconsin Pet Care's Certified Professional Dog Trainer Katelyn Schutz.

They mark their territory, bond, and send signals via pheromones. Bunting, or spreading pheromones, can let other cats know they were there first." Male cats bunt more than female cats because they rub their heads to alert other cats.

They're Showing Affection “When your loving cat comes up and affectionately head butts you, this is his way of bonding,” Schutz added. When your beloved cat rubs its face on you, it's likely designating you as a buddy because glands on their cheeks and chin generate friendly pheromones.

Dr. Jill E. Sackman, senior medical director for BluePearl Veterinary Partners' Michigan Region, told PetMD.com, “It's an affectionate gesture that can also be used as a form of greeting.

Learning About You However, not all cats rubbing on you want a permanent friendship or a petting. Animal behavior specialist Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil told PetMD.com that some are merely curious.

Cats can tell a stranger where they're from or whether they have pets with a decent leg rub. Impressive party trick!