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    Why Does My Cat . . . Head Butt Me?

    I thought this was so interesting and thought you would too.

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    Think of it as fist pumping between humans. Sort of a feline version of it. Bad @$$ Buddie does it to me all the time. It's to show me he loves me (and either did something wrong or wants a treat).

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    Very interesting article. Groucho does that a lot, especially in the morning when I'm running late and trying to get ready to leave for work.
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    My RB Sherbie always head butted me when he was feeling extra lovie, or wanted more attention than I was giving him.
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    I headbumpies! Kitties, please give your beloved purr-sons some headbumpies from Cassie!
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    If I am writing at the kitchen table, Oscar almost always jumps up, purring, and wants to give me tons of head bumps. Of course, he also manages to sit on my work! Cole will head bump my hands. Zoe...she might manage one on the fly, hyper little thing!
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    Fister does it mostly in the mornings and I love it, even though I'd like to sleep a bit longer. I'm sure it's a sign that he loves me.
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    Kyubey gives the best head-bumpies. Sherpa doesn't do it as often, but he can give you a concussion if you aren't ready for it!!

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    I think that Our Cats have glands of the side of thier headsand by rubbing thier hedas on us they can put thier scent on us and are then able to
    mark us as thier friends . We are flattered at the Found Cat Hotel as My Cats have exchanged head butts all the time.
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    I like their definition of it as trusting the person or environment. Logan doesn't head bump as much as Zam, so I take heart the few times he has nuzzled John's leg.
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    Diamond loves to rub her face against my hand while I'm watching TV, demanding to be petted. Marnie head-butts at feeding time!
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    So head butting is really bunting. Somehow, I don't this the PT family is going to change their term ha ha haaaa.

    Some of mine do, some don't. Usually they seem to do this when I am intent on doing something! Maybe they pick up on our mood / attitude and want to verify that it is really me?! And mark that I am safe, even intent on something other than them ha haaaa.

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    I just wish Patch would be somewhat more......subtle (okay, so the word isn't in his lexicon) about it. That head to the chin can be a rude awakening!
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    Many of my cats do this, and like LH, some of them I wish weren't so enthusiastic! Dakky can knock my hand (with coffee cup in it) about three feet. And, well, OUCH and CRUD at the same time.

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    Yes, several of my cats also do this. Sky gives hard head butts so I have to watch out for his.
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