What Does It Mean When A Cat Rubs Against You?

If you’re a cat owner, you’ve likely wondered why cats rub against one person but not another.

Why do they do this? What does it mean when a cat rubs against you? Are they fishing for affection or coaxing you for a treat?

Here’s a list of reasons why your cat is rubbing against you, and how to tell the difference in intention.

Not everything in the feline queendom is strategic, however. Sometimes our cats just need to show their affection and gratitude towards us.

Showin’ Some Lovin’

You may have seen your cat rubbing itself on a new pair of shoes or a new house plant before. They will do this to mark that object as a recognized part of their territory.

Marking Inanimate Objects

This is My Space

They use their unique scent to set boundaries for one another, whether it be on a human or on an area or object.

Keeping the family unified is a job that our cats take very personally. The scent exchange is a way to indicate that your cat is marking an object or a person as part of the unit.

Family Scent Exchange

If your feline friend is erratically rubbing up against you and seems to be more forceful than normal, they might be actually yelling at you.

Your Cat Is Yelling At You

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