Why Cats Rub Their Faces / Heads on Things

Learn why cats rub their faces and heads on things from board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, DVM in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Have you ever wondered why cats rub there faces all over things. Many cats rub everything they find furniture, people, shoes, other cats. The reason they do that is there cheek glands right here on Essex contain pheromones or chemical signals that are species specific. And they send different signals to other cats. There are signals in there that can be coming, signals that can tell other cat that they are friendly and even signals that can stop cats from marking or scratching.

So it is not surprising that cats like to be scratched there because when you are scratching the cheeks of a cat you are actually scratching a place that naturally dispenses pheromones right onto your finger tips.

And that is part of the reason why they mark with there faces so much. Another interesting things about these chemicals in the cheeks glands of cats is that they are so interesting and important that scientists have studied them and bottled them. They have made a synthetic version of two different forms of the chemicals that hang out in the cats cheek glands.

They are called the F3 and the F4 fractions and those fractions are bottled in two different products. So if you need a little bit of help with your cat you can actually purchase these products over the counter to help your cat be more relaxed and calm even in stressful situations. And that is some information on why cats rub there faces on things.

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