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Why does my cat start purring and then bite me?

Your cat sounds very very happy and affectionate!  If your cat is biting you hard, you may want to read more about why your cat is biting you.

Cats are usually very very happy when they are purring.  However, a veterinarian once told me that biting is not an affectionate behavior in cats.  I’m not so sure I agree with her.   One of my cats will often start purring very loudly.  If I continue to pet him, he will usually bite my skin very lightly.

When cats get very very filled with love, they may also rub their paws up and down on you. Your cat may also head butt you to show affection.

When cats bite while they are purring, it usually seems like a love bite to me.  I like to tell myself that anyways :)

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Why does my cat knead me?

This generally means that your cat loves you very much.  Cats usually knead humans on the stomach or thigh area where the skin is softer.  This may feel like an awkward sensation at first, but after you realize that your cat is showing you love, it is very neat!

Before a cat kneads, he will usually start purring.  Kneading usually happens when you are petting your cat, or other times when your cat is extremely happy.  Sometimes, your cat may even start drooling while he is kneading you!

Kneading is an instinctual kitten behavior.  Young kittens knead their mother’s nipples to stimulate the “let down” reflex in her, which causes the milk to flow so the kittens can eat.

If your cat has long nails, kneading can sometimes hurt.  So, if your cat enjoys kneading you, make sure you keep his nails clipped.  Also, keep a towel handy to wipe up all of that drool!  Happy Kneading!

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Why does my cat want attention when I am talking on the phone?

Your cat is jealous that you are talking to someone else!  Just kidding!

When your cat hears you talking on the phone, he probably thinks you are talking to him.  Your cat doesn’t know what a telephone is, and therefore he doesn’t realize that it is actually someone else that you are talking to.  So, when you begin talking, he assumes you are talking to him.  When you start talking on the phone, your cat probably starts talking back to you by meowing.  Your cat may also rub against you and try to get your attention in other ways.

Talking on the phone can be a great opportunity to give your cat some much deserved attention.  If he thinks you are talking to him, there’s no harm in pretending that he is right.  When you talk on the phone, feel free to multitask — you can pet your cat and scratch his head while you carry on a conversation with someone else.  He will absolutely love the extra attention, and he’ll think you’re carrying on a conversation with him!

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Why does my cat head butt me?

Your cat is probably showing you affection by head butting and rubbing on you.  Cats can head butt for many reasons.

Here’s a few reasons why your cat might be headbutting you:

  • Your cat is head butting you to communicate.
  • Your cat is leaving his scent on you.
  • Your cat wants to be pet!

How can I understand my cats communication through body language?

Cats communicate with us in many ways such as facial expressions and sometimes they even use their voices. One of the most obvious ways that cats communicate with humans is by using body language, such as headbutting. Cat body language can be very difficult to interpret and understand. However, if you observe and learn to understand your cats body language, you can quickly start to recognize and understand your cat’s behaviour.

The movement of a cat’s head can determine a great deal about what your cat is feeling. A happy and affectionate cat will be more likely to head butt you than an unhappy cat! When your cat head butts you he is extremely content. It is also a way for your cat to greet you with love and affection.

Why does my cat leave his scent on me?

Head butting also serves another purpose for your cat. It allows him to spread his cat scent all over you. Your cat produces pheromones. These cat pheromones send out messages to other members of the species. When your cat head butts you, pheromones are secreted from his forehead. Your cat produces glandular secretions from his face. These scents are left on surfaces after your cat rubs on things (or people, of course).

When your cat head butts you, he is marking you as his property (because he loves you so much!). Lucky you! Your cat probably also head butts other cats in your family. Consider yourself lucky to be one of the pack.

How do I know when my cat wants to be pet?

Head butting is usually a pretty clear indication that your cat wants to be pet!  Cats very often head  butt people when they want affection and love.  Your cat will often purr when he starts to head butt you.  Sometimes a cat will start with head butting and then rub his whole body along your leg.  If your cat is doing this, you should give him lots of pets and affection.  Pet him, scratch his head, and snuggle with him.  He will love you even more!

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Why does my cat sleep on my head?

Your cat sleeps on your head because it is warm!

Cats like to sleep where it is warm, and they also like to sleep with you. Cats will generally do no harm if they sleep on you. However, if your cat is sleeping on your head, you should ensure that you do not have cat allergies. You may be very uncomfortable if you are breathing in cat allergens all night, caused by your cat sleeping so closely to you.

You should keep your cat away from babies or small children so your cat does not attempt to lay on them.

Cats may also sleep on your head so they are easily awakened when you wake up. Cats sleep for about 16 hours/day but they are usually awakened quite easily. Cats generally wake up when their owners wake up. Perhaps they simply want their breakfast.

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