If you’ve been around cats, you may notice that occasionally your cat will butt you with its head. While this might seem to be a way for your cat to tell you to get out of its way, the real reason is often a sign of affection.

Cats often head butt their favorite people as a way to mark their scent. That way they can prove to other cats that this human is taken. Cats may also be seeking attention so head butting you is one way to get it. If you don’t think this works, try head butting your boss one day to see what happens and you’ll likely get his or her attention real fast.

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