Called cat bunting, cats rub their heads upon prominent objects to leave scent markings as a part of redolence communication. Depending on the purpose of the cat’s communication, they may be demanding ownership or indicating pleasure. Here are some things that you should learn about Cat Bunting Behavior.
Cats’ Scent Glands
Cats have various scent glands all over the body. They are located between the toes, under the chin, along the length of the tail, the corners of the mouth, the temples, and the ears. We don’t know for sure if each gland has a distinctive scent or not, but cats tend to use the whole head in sometimes comfortable rubbing displays.
Which section of the head is used depends on the elevation of the target object. The forehead and ears commonly are rubbed on the highest objects while head-height things are marked with a slow swipe from the corner of the mouth to the cat’s ear. Lower objects get rubbed with the chin and throat.
Although brushing between cats seems to take place most regularly between cats of different sizes, specialists aren’t clear on the particular understanding of this interaction. It’s considered that bunting, when directed at another cat, serves to redirect aggression—maybe the cat equivalent to showing the peace sign.
Head Rubbing on Owners
Some cats become very pushy and turn the behavior into a head-cracking contest (ouch!), while some gently rub their body and tail around and around human ankles.
We can’t know that for sure, but cats tend to scent-mark objects that are most important to them. They use rubbing with affectionate cats, not with strangers. A cat who head-rubs your face with deep open eyes close to your face gives you a huge compliment in terms of trust by putting herself in a vulnerable position.
Your Cat May be Saying Scratch Me, Pet Me, Pay Attention to Me
Bunting may additionally be used as a non-intrusive attention-seeking behavior if your cat rubs his head up upon you and then he tucks it down or turns to the side. He may simply be asking for one of that incredible neck or head scratches that you usually do for him. Past encounter has told him when he demonstrates this behavior you typically react by petting or scratching him in his favorite places. Cats are so smart!
For the cat to put his face so close to yours and engage in this bonding behavior is quite a display of trust. For me, it’s worth taking a little cat hair stuck to my lips just to feel this tender moment with my cat.
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