If your cat has been burying its head into you, this post will show you likely causes and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat bury its head into me? Likely reasons why your cat buries its head into you are for comfort, it is being affectionate, it makes your cat feel safer, or to spread its scent.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat buries its head into you and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are a number of things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are a number of things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat buries its head into you

Below are a likely causes and what would make them more likely.

Affection

The reason why it does it might be that it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if it also purrs and kneads and if it does things such as get you to pet it. It would also be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention in a while.

Comfort

The cause might also be that your cat finds it comfortable to bury itself into you. This would be more likely if your cat does it more when it is cold inside.

Anxiety

The reason why it does it might be that it has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to become anxious. This would be more likely to be the reason if your dog tends to do it more when you are about to leave home and if it gets anxious when you are leaving.

Fearfulness

Another possible reason why it has been doing it could be that something has been causing it to be fearful. This would be more likely if it has been doing it more at a certain time when it is more likely to be fearful such as when there are noises outside or when you are outside and near other animals.

To spread its scent

It might also be the case that it does it in order to spread its scent onto you so that other animals don’t approach you or enter its territory. This would be more likely if it rubs itself against you a lot.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat always buried itself into you

If your cat has not always done it, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as something causing it to start being anxious, suddenly getting less attention, or learning that the behavior is rewarded.

What else is different when your cat buries itself into you

It would also help to consider the timing of when it does it since the timing might also have something to do with it. For example, if it tends to do it more when you are leaving home, it would be more likely to be due to separation anxiety.

What to do about your cat burying itself into you

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

If your cat seems to be doing it due to being anxious, it would help to limit reasons why it might be anxious. Ways to do so could include letting it stay in a room that is quiet and where there is a safe space for it to lie down.

Give it somewhere else to sit

Another option would be to give your cat another place that it can sit that is warm. One option would be to get a cat bed for it.

Redirect its focus

Another option would be to try to redirect your cat’s focus when it seems likely to try to bury itself into you. Ways to do so could be by getting it to sit elsewhere or by petting it.

Let it do it

If the behavior has not been bothering you and your cat has not been behaving unusually, another option would be to let your cat continue doing it.

Why does my cat burrow into me?

Your cat might burrow itself into you for any of the reasons mentioned above, it would help to consider the timing of when your cat tends to do it and the body language of your cat when it does it.

Why does my cat bury his face in my armpit?

The cause is likely to be that your cat finds it comfortable. However, it could be due to one of the other reasons mentioned above.

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