Why Do Cats Put Their Butts in Your Face?


Every cat owner has experienced it: Butt-in-the-face behavior might seem odd to us humans, but much like head butting and rubbing against you, your cat is communicating with you through these behaviors. If you want a better relationship with your cat, take the time to learn about how cats communicate. You may be missing so many examples of your cat showing you just how much she loves you.You're curled up on the couch when your kitty approaches, jumps on your lap, walks all over your body in search of a comfortable place to sit, and — inevitably — sticks its butt directly in your face. Why?
It’s Common in Cat Conversations
We’re humans, so we tend to analyze our pets’ behaviors as if they’re four-legged people. We’d probably never kick off an interpersonal interaction by shoving our butts into someone else’s personal space, but it’s not uncommon during cat conversations.If your cat is always sticking his butt in your face, it just means you've raised one sweet gentleman!Once they’re comfortable around one another, they’ll start smelling flanks. A raised tail and exposed nether region is the ultimate in intimate cat greetings. It’s the feline equivalent of a long hug among old friends. Consider a cat butt in your face a big hug from your kitty.
To Show She’s Harmless
A raised tail tells other felines that a cat isn’t a threat. In fact, cats are more likely to approach a cat with a raised tail than with one with a horizontally positioned tail.When your cat sticks her butt in your face, she’s basically telling you that she’s your BFF, not an enemy.In the wild, cats are always alert, watching over their territory for potential prey or a potential threat. When cats are in a safe place with those they trust, they tend to close their eyes and might even turn their back to you—the ultimate sign of trust.
The Inside Scoop
Cats will communicate with one another mainly through smell. Your cat may be trying to do the same with you. If your cat puts her butt in your face, she may be trying to tell you inside information about her health, gender, and age. Cats have sensitive glands all over their bodies, and the glands located under her tail can tell another cat (or you) about her health statistics.


Your cat may be sticking her butt in your face as a sign of love and affection. This behavior is deeply rooted and comes from mother cats cleaning their kittens everywhere, including under their tails.


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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.