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Dear Christopher Cat

Why does my one-year-old male tabby constantly rub his body against my legs?

Christopher Responds

I don’t know why your cat behaves that way, but I can tell you why I rub up against my mom’s legs.

Simply put, I love her, and I want her to know it.  I’m showing affection when I glide by her and “pet” her with my body. 

And if my rubbing up against her prompts her to lean down and pet me, well that’s a nice side effect.

We cats have scent glands on our cheeks, so I often rub my face against her to mark her as my own property.  Only the unluckiest humans travel around without the subtle scent of a loving cat on them.

The next time your cat rubs up against you, lean down and pet him – and tell him you love him too.

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