Head Bumps

So… what exactly is a cat trying to say with each and every head bump?
1.) “Pet me, please!”
Cats are pretty smart, as you probably already know – so if you’ve taken the headbutt as a sign that kitty wants to be petted, then your feline probably quickly associated bunting with getting lots of TLC. On the other hand, your cat’s intentions might’ve been for scratches behind the ears all along.
2.) “Feed me, please!” 
This one is purely anecdotal, as one of our cats endlessly headbutts once dinnertime rolls around. You can tell he’s hungry as he struts along the top of the couch – making sure to rub your head and shoulders until it’s finally time for food. Perhaps kitty sees getting fed as a sign of affection, and is encouraging some TLC?? 
3.) “I love you!”
As mentioned before, bunting – a form of “allorubbing” – isn’t something cats do with strangers. Generally, it’s reserved for other critters – like cats and humans – that the felines find important and want to put their scent on. If kitty greets you with a headbutt, take it as a sign that he or she feels safe and secure with you around – quite the compliment!


Traditionally, it’s thought that cats rub on things to mark them as their own – a matter of being territorial. But researchers now think that rubbing can also be a sign of respect, affection, or simply something that soothes them.

Next time kitty strolls over and rubs (or maybe smashes) his or her face onto yours, you can feel confident that your cat thinks you’re the best!

Information From: http://andmycat.com/2013/11/feline-behavior-why-do-cats-headbutt.html


2 thoughts on “Head Bumps

    • Thank you for your comment. My white cat, Little Girl does it to me all the time. Dixie never does, but she’ll sit in my lap, look right at me and talk, you know….in the way they do. 🙂


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