If your cat keeps getting in your face, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat get in my face? Possible reasons why your cat gets in your face are that it is showing affection, it is spreading its scent to you, it wants you to stop or that it wants something from you.
There are actually multiple possible causes of your cat getting in your face and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why does my cat get in my face?
Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat gets in your face and what you can do about them.
It is spreading its scent on to you
Cats have sweat glands on their paws and face. The reason why your cat gets in your face could be that it is spreading its scent on to you. This would be more likely if your cat also rubs itself against you when it does it and it puts its paws on you.
Another possible cause is that your cat is actually kneading which is where it presses its paws into you and pats you with its paws and claws repeatedly. This would be more likely if your cat does it when it is sat on or next to you and if it shows signs of being happy when doing it such as by purring while getting you to pet it.
It wants something from you
It could also be the case that it does it because it wants something from you such as food or for you to pet it. This would be more likely if your cat does it before getting fed and less afterward or if it gets in you face when you stop petting it.
It’s showing you affection
The cause could also be that your cat is showing affection to you. This would also be more likely if it shows positive body language such as purring or kneading.
It is smelling you
It could also be the case that your cat is doing it in order to smell you. This would be more likely if your cat does it more at a certain time such as when you have just put a lotion on your face
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
If your cat has always got in your face
If your cat did not always get in your face, 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 a change in the way you pet or hold it or that it become more comfortable around you.
If your cat always gets in your face
If your cat seems to get in your face more in certain situations, it could also be the case that the timing has something to do with it. For example, if your cat does it when you are petting it, the cause could be that your cat is showing affection back to you or that it is spreading its scent on to you.
How to get my cat to stop getting in my face?
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Give it distractions
One option would be to give your cat things to be distracted by such as toys so that it is less likely to want to get in your face.
Redirect its focus
Another option would be to redirect its focus towards something else such as toys or to move it somewhere else when it seems likely to start getting in your face.