Here's what your cat is telling you when it sticks its butt in your face
Ah, the infamous kitty butt in your face. You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when your cat comes over and proceeds to stick that fur butt right into your face. Why the heck do they do that?
As many cat owners know, cats really love their butts and they’re not afraid to show them off. No, it’s not because they’re little weirdos and get a kick out of the face we make when they stick out their poopers. It’s really all about their programming.
“For cats, it’s normal for them to sniff each other’s butts as a way to say hello or confirm another cat’s identity,” Mikel Delgado, cat researcher, told Inverse. “It’s hard for us to relate to, but for them, smell is much more important to cats and how they recognize each other than vision is. So cats may be ‘inviting’ us to check them out, or just giving us a friendly hello.”
“Cats, not unlike dogs, communicate a lot through scent. When you pet your cat, you’re sharing your scent with them and allowing them to place their own scent on you. Because cats are territorial by nature, the “butt scent” is one way they communicate who they are and allow other animals to know what they’ve laid claim to. When your cat raises its tail it’s a sign that they’re greeting you in the most intimate way they can, and it’s a sign that your cat sees you as someone to be trusted,” BGR added.
By contrast, a feline that keeps its tail locked in a downward angle may not be comfortable with the situation they’re in. “Kitties that keep the tail down and don’t want to be sniffed might be compared to a shy person hiding their face,” cat behaviorist Amy Shojai says.
So, next time a kitty butt is rubbed in your face, don’t take it as an insult, take it as a compliment!
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