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Why do cats rub on things?

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They're Leaving Scent Marks - like saying this is MINE or I like this! Cats have multiple scent glands on their heads, located around their mouths, chins, sides of the face, neck and ears. The act of a cat rubbing his head on objects is called “bunting.

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When a cat rubs against objects the pheromones they activate leave behind a personalized scent. This scent lets other felines know your cat was there. Additionally, this type of contact calms your cat: by recognizing their own scent, cats experience the feeling of belonging and home.

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