~~September 13, 2014~~
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“Cats are very sensitive to scents. Their sense of smell is about 200 times stronger than the human nose, and they also have the ability to sense pheromones with a small organ on the roof of their mouth. Cats also have scent glands all over their body, quite a few of them on the head: the forehead, cheeks, chin and lips.
Other scent locations are at the base of the tail and along the length of the tail, on the feet and the flanks. When cats rub their scent glands on people, objects and other animals, they are transferring scent. Interestingly, some people have observed that cats seem more likely to mark people and other cats with the forehead and cheek scent glands and will mark objects with the scent glands on the lips and chin (called “chinning”).
Cats distribute their scent around their environment by rubbing or scratching on objects, or even spraying urine. Each cat has a unique smell, and their own scent mixed with the smells of the cats that they associate with makes them feel comfortable and safe in their own territory. When they rub against another cat in the colony, it is thought that they are replenishing the cat’s “group scent” after the other cat has been away. Many people notice that their cats will come running when they walk in the door and immediately start rubbing around their legs. This suggests that cats consider their owners to be part of their colony. Our response is generally to reach down and pet them, which reinforces this behavior.
Cats may also head-butt when seeking attention – sometimes a cat will head-butt another cat or person and then offer their neck sideways with their head tucked down. In this way, the cat is asking for grooming from the other cat, or scratches from a person, which simulates grooming behavior. Grooming is another touch-related bonding experience that makes cats feel good, comfortable and safe. So while your cat may not be saying “I love you!” in quite the same words we might use, she is saying “You’re mine, because you smell like me, and you make me feel safe and secure,” which, to a cat, is essentially the same thing.”
~~Published on Feb 22, 2014~~
(Directly from the YouTube video’s description)
Why does my cat head butt me?
This is called bunting and is actually a form of affection. Your kitty may be telling you ‘pet me!’ or ‘i love you’.
From Wikipedia: Some cats rub their faces on humans as a friendly greeting or sign of affection. This visual action is also olfactory communication as it leaves a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks. Cats also perform a “head bonk” (or “bunt”), in which they bump a human or other cat with the front part of the head, which also contains scent glands. Head-bumping may also be a display of social dominance, and cheek rubbing is often exhibited by a dominant cat towards a subordinate.
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