Why do cats headbutt you?
December 04, 2019 10:48PM
When cats headbutt you, they’re depositing facial pheromones. Vets call this behavior bunting.
“Rather than territorial marking or ‘claiming’ someone, as is commonly thought, cats do this to mark something as safe—sort of like leaving a signal of comfort and safety. So you could think of it as a sign that they are trusting that person or environment,” Dr. Meghan E. Herron, clinical assistant professor of behavioral medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University, told Vetstreet.