Snaggle Foot Dog Walks and Pet Care-Round Lake, IL
Personally, I do not own any cats in my household but as the owner of a Pet Care business we take care of a lot of cats. Of course, one of the things you notice with cats is when they come up and start rubbing their face against you or an object in the house like walls, couches, etc.
I have always wondered why they do that. Well, now I know why and I am sharing this information just in case you too have wondered !
Leaving Scent Marks Everywhere !
multiple scent glands on their heads. They have glands located around
their mouths, chins, sides of the face, neck and ears. When a cat rubs
his face on an item, he leaves his scent behind. The act of a cat rubbing his/her head on objects is called “bunting.” The height of the object determines which part of
his head a cat will use to leave a scent mark on an item. Cats also tend to choose objects, such as walls, the edge of a coffee table or sofa, or even the
corner of a book or box. Male cats tend to bunt on more items than
female cats. Cats also tend to bunt over the scent marks left by other
Cats Are Clocks !
Cats sometimes bunt to inform other cats of their presence in the
vicinity. Bunting may also be a form of “time stamping,” meaning that
other cats may be able to determine by the age of the marking how
recently another cat was there. If the mark is somewhat fresh, they may want to leave the
area soon to avoid conflict. Some cats bunt when they are anxious.
Spreading their scent around may be a way of coping or making themselves
feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.
Cats Like The Way You Smell !
Rubbing on objects may also be a way to pick up scent. When cats
bunt on their owners, they not only deposit their scents but also pick
up scents from the owner. This can also be a sign of affection or greeting behavior. Cats who live in social groups often rub on each other in greeting. And rubbing on objects is one way sexually intact cats provide visual
cues to other cats during mating season. Males are more interested in
female bunt marks during the mating season, which indicates the female’s
scent changes to entice male interest.
I now know why they do it but personally I just love it when a cat rubs his head against my hand or my face ! It's good to know they love it when we come to take care of them.