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Why Does Your Cat Rub Against Things?

Cat owners everywhere know the feeling. A brush passed an unassuming leg by your loving cat. By why do they do this? Is it purely affectionate? Then why do they rub against objects as well?

Dr. Melissa Meehan explains why...


"Why do cats rub against you or objects around the house? It's not only because they are being self centred and trying to rub their smell onto the object or yourself, it can be for a few reasons and I’ll explain them.

They actually have awesome noses. Compared to us they’ve got 19 million little odour receptors in their nose, we’ve got five. So they’ve got very, very good senses of smell. So when they rub against you they are trying to get some of your scent on them and then they go off later and they kind of savour the smell so you should take it as a compliment.

When they do it to a couch I don’t think they are really trying to get the couches smell onto them they are doing it to deposit their own scent. They actually have scent glands on their temple and on their tail which they can deposit their own special smell onto that object, we can’t smell it but they can and other cats can.

So there it goes, the secrets out, that’s why they rub."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.