Why Do Cats Rub Against You?

Marking their territory

Cats have scent glands in their cheeks, chin, and paws. When they rub against you, they are depositing their scent on you, which tells other cats that you are theirs.

Showing affection

Rubbing against you is a way for cats to show their love and affection. It is a way of saying, "I love you" or "I'm happy to see you."

Expressing excitement

Cats may rub against you when they are excited, such as when you come home from work or when they see their favorite toy.

Trying to get your attention

If your cat is rubbing against you and meowing, they are trying to get your attention. They may want to be petted, played with, or fed.

Trying to comfort themselves

If your cat is feeling stressed or anxious, they may rub against you to comfort themselves.

Trying to mark their territory

Cats may also rub against objects in your home, such as furniture and walls. This is a way of marking their territory and letting other cats know that this is their space.

How to React

Pet them and tell them you love them. This will let them know that you are happy to see them and that you appreciate their affection.

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