The exact definition of rubbing is “to exert an appropriate level of pressure to a particular area using a continuous back and forth movement.” To explain this let’s say half your face is dirty. If you have a towel in your hands, you will rub it back and forth until it is completely clean.
The behavior could be a sign of affection or love or it is simply part of their animal instincts. Throughout history, cats have rubbed their faces on things to get affection from people, to get people’s attention, or to mark their territory.
Cats are adorable pets to have within our home, and while it is true that we love our kittens dearly, have you felt the need for answers to questions such as “Why do cats rub their faces?“. Our beloved cats are always open to receiving attention. Whether it be playing with them or simply hugging them, you can almost always count on them to be cooperative. It’s common for cats to rub their faces against our legs when they want attention.
What Is Affection?
Affection is a very similar feeling to love. We can define affection as the need to receive particular interactions and stimulation with a person or animals. We include animals because they also require contact or connection with other living things. If you are a pet owner, you know what I’m talking about.
I know how it feels to have your cat crave your attention. When I’m writing or reading new articles that might be of interest to me, I can see my cat trying to get my attention. In this way, it’s something they do constantly for the same reason we do: to convey feelings of affection. For example, there have even been times when I have seen my cats just strolling by in front of my computer when I’m working. This is one way of signaling that they might need some attention from me.
A cat’s love can be expressed in a variety of ways. One of these is by using their cheeks. It is common for cats to rub their cheeks against us as a sign of affection. As an example, I can remember one time that I was at a friend’s house, and his cat started to rub his cheek on my foot, trying to get my attention. I, however, did not pay any regard to it. After a few minutes, the cat left. Nevertheless, it came back to get more attention. Looking back at that experience I can say that this cat was showing me love the best way they knew how. Needless to say, my inspiration for writing about this cat behavior came from this experience.
It is important to note that there are different types of cats; a wild and a house cat. Their behavior is the same in both types. Even though wildcats live outside, they also need the same amounts of love and affection as the ones we have at home.
Do Cats Rub Their Face On Things To Leave Their Scent?
All cats have an unusual behavior that other animals do not show. One of those behaviors was to rub their faces on different objects leaving their scent behind. Have you asked yourself why they do this? What is the purpose behind this action?
One way in which this behavior is explained is that when we rub their faces they release pheromones that make them feel happy. This also allows them to feel more comfortable than usual. Therefore, when you see a cat rubbing his face against an object, it is because he wants to feel the attention and pleasure he received when those pheromones were released.
In addition, if your cat rubs their face with a stranger or a person that comes to visit you, it’s because they want to become friends with them. Therefore, this behavior is a way of showing affection and friendship to new friends. In fact, this tradition dates back to a time before cats were common pets. This began in the wild when cats were not domesticated.
Should I Be Concerned If My Cat Rubs His Face Everywhere?
There are plenty of answers you could think of in this matter. However, the correct and short answer is, you should not be concerned. Even if your cat rubs his face everywhere, unless it is a dangerous place, they should be just fine.
It is important to note that with this behavior the likelihood of them contracting ticks is high. Whenever your cat is in close proximity to a place or is even around an animal that harbors these ticks, I am certain that you are concerned that they may get infected. If you see your cat trying to rub too many objects or walls, this might be a sign that they may have these unwanted pests, and preventive actions should be taken.
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The reason they itch is due to the tick’s saliva which irritates their skin. It is important to know the signs so you can identify if your cat is harboring them. Some of them are less hair, broken skin, and even some infections. However, you need not worry, ticks can be removed from them fairly easily.
Last but not least, if you don’t see anything that might attempt with the health of your cat, you should not be concerned. Remember, ultimately, cats are animals, and they follow their natural instincts.
What Does It Mean When A Cat Rubs Their Face On Your Face?
We can answer the question with a simple sentence: it is just a sign of affection and love. Have you ever noticed that your cat immediately jumps onto your bed when you’re sleeping? It is very rewarding for cats to mimic our emotions. When we sleep, we are more vulnerable and unaware of what is going on around us. I am sure you have had the experience of waking up to notice that your cat is sleeping right on top of your face. If you’ve experienced this type of behavior with cats, you are not alone. Nonetheless, it isn’t something to be too concerned about.
Now that we have a clear idea of the methods that cats have to show us love and affection. Is it fair to think that if your cat does not perform this action of rubbing their face onto you, then they don’t love you? The answer is NO! Cats may have strong feelings for you even if they do not rub their faces against you.
All of us have a fondness or a sense of curiosity for our feline friends, especially when we see some of their strange behavior. We certainly cannot dismiss the fact that these animals are fascinating and intriguing. After reading this article, I hope that you will be better informed about some of their behavior.
Finally, let’s remember that cats also rub their faces to mark territory. If your cat exhibits this type of behavior, then you have every reason to feel important as they are choosing to share their love with you. I’d say that this is one of the most wonderful experiences in life, to have these lovely pets select you.
Shawn Manaher is a serial entrepreneur but when he isn’t working, he loves dogs. He’s owned different pets over the years, and always gives a part of his heart to each pet.