Why does my cat do that?

My cat is just, weird.

Have you ever come home and felt a furry tickle against your calf or ankle, only to look down and see your cat brush his or her face along your skin? My cat favors my shoes and makes sure she gets her entire body dragged along one edge before repeating with the other side of herself.

Why does my cat rub his/her chin on me the moment I get home?

Cats have facial glands which secrete a pheromone which acts like a mark of territory. By brushing their chins and mouths along us, the chair, the table, another animal, they are affectively saying, “That’s mine, back off.”

How does my cat arch his/her back when I pet them?

What about the response you get when you stroke your cat’s back? Does a bow and raised hindquarters sound familiar? This is a common mating response, which innately reacts the moment pressure is applied to the rear end or base of a cat’s tail. Continue reading “Why does my cat do that?”