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Why does my cat love it when you scratch her cheek?

post #1 of 12
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Either with my fingers, or with a brush, she'll love to constantly get her cheeks brushed, scratched, rubbed, etc and rubs it against any object she can find.

I was just wondering if there was anything particular about cats cheeks that causes that. Been wondering this for a long time. Sorry if this is a dumb question. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
post #2 of 12
I believe that is a form of marking their territory. Also, it probably just feels really good to them!
post #3 of 12
Cats have scent glands in their cheeks and paws that release pheremones - when they rub their cheeks or often when they sharpen their claws. Both of these scent glands and their pheremones are "friendly" scent markers - as opposed to territory markers. Territory markers are urine spraying or boundaries are often marked by feces (especially in un-neutered males and unspayed females).

Just like cats LOVE to scratch & stretch - stimulating pheremone release from their paws - they LOVE rub their cheeks on things or have their cheeks rubbed or brushed.

It's such a powerful and universal thing among cats that there is a product based on this principal - it's called Feliway. It mimics the pheremone released by cats' cheeks. They sell it as a plug-in for rooms - like an air freshener, only people can't smell it. It also comes in a spray. But it helps provide a calmer atmosphere in multi-cat homes; it discourages inappropriate urination in "wrong" places for stressed cats without a medical problem, and for kitties learning where it is OK to scratch and not to scratch, it helps discourage what we consider to be "inappropriate" scratching (but it only helps if they have plenty of appropriate places TO scratch).

We didn't know why all our kitties seemed to love to have their cheeks scratched either when we adopted our first.

....and remember, the only "dumb" question is the question unasked.

Laurie
post #4 of 12
Good answer!
post #5 of 12
My boyfriend's RB cat loved it so much that he would PUSH his head into my hand and drool!!!
post #6 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LDG View Post
Cats have scent glands in their cheeks and paws that release pheremones - when they rub their cheeks or often when they sharpen their claws. Both of these scent glands and their pheremones are "friendly" scent markers - as opposed to territory markers. Territory markers are urine spraying or boundaries are often marked by feces (especially in un-neutered males and unspayed females).

Just like cats LOVE to scratch & stretch - stimulating pheremone release from their paws - they LOVE rub their cheeks on things or have their cheeks rubbed or brushed.

It's such a powerful and universal thing among cats that there is a product based on this principal - it's called Feliway. It mimics the pheremone released by cats' cheeks. They sell it as a plug-in for rooms - like an air freshener, only people can't smell it. It also comes in a spray. But it helps provide a calmer atmosphere in multi-cat homes; it discourages inappropriate urination in "wrong" places for stressed cats without a medical problem, and for kitties learning where it is OK to scratch and not to scratch, it helps discourage what we consider to be "inappropriate" scratching (but it only helps if they have plenty of appropriate places TO scratch).

We didn't know why all our kitties seemed to love to have their cheeks scratched either when we adopted our first.

....and remember, the only "dumb" question is the question unasked.

Laurie

Great answer! Thanks for your sharing your knowledge.

She absolutely loves having the furminator brushed against her cheek
post #7 of 12
Be careful with the furminator on her cheek so that you are not pulling out any whiskers, even the small little ones
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yeah I'm careful to do that, and to not clip her ears
post #9 of 12
One of my cats LOVES to get his ears rubbed.
post #10 of 12
Mine likes it too, what a great detailed answer from LDG
post #11 of 12
squishy loves it too. i like it because she is so soft and it feel good against my cheek.
post #12 of 12
Tomas loves it when I rub my face/cheeks against him. I guess he thinks that I'm marking him. He also likes for Sho to mark him. For him it probably means smelling like group/family.
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