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Why cats rub up against us

Sunday, February 5, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

My two cats are always rubbing up against my legs. Sometimes they will even trip me. One time, I was getting ready for work and my older cat kept rubbing against my legs and as I was rushing to get out the door. I tripped and fell flat on the floor. Why do our little friends do this? It’s because cats have scent glands along their tail and on the side of their heads.  They even have them on each side of their head, on their lips, base of their tail, chin, near their sex organs, and between their front paws. The reason why they’re rubbing up against you is to mark their territory. They are claiming you as “theirs.” They’re marking you with their scent and picking up your scent as well.  Cats rub up against furniture, doorways and other objects for the same reason. You could say that it’s sort of an act of affection so don’t take offense when she rubs on you. Just make sure that you brush off her hair from those pants that you just had dry cleaned.

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