Almost all cats give cups. Maybe you have noticed that they give cups in different ways? That’s right, cats can mean different things to it.
Leave cups and scent
Scents are very important for the cat and are the most important means of communication. That is why a cat has scent glands in several parts of the body. They sit around the mouth, between the soles of the feet, at the tail base and around the anus. By rubbing something along, a cat puts off its scent. Have you ever seen those black greasy sweeps at doorposts or other places where the cat often passes by?
To draw attention
When a cat comes to you or sits on the couch with you, it usually gives ‘headbutts’. She pushes her forehead against your cheek or chin. This can vary from a light touch to a heavy headbump, but is always meant to be friendly. She saves this behavior for cats and people with whom she has a good relationship and leaves her scent as a social gesture.
Some cats use this form of head giving as attention-grabbing behavior , as owners usually respond enthusiastically to this expression of affection.
Give cups for greeting
When you get home, your cat will greet you. Sometimes she stands on her hind legs and gives cups with her forehead, but she can also stroke your legs, pull the tail along your calves and rub against you. This does not mean that she wants to make you a ‘property’, this is also a form of greeting and serves to renew the group scent.
Cats greet each other in a similar way: first smell nose to nose, then rub them with the flanks and then with the tails alongside each other. They usually end up sniffing under each other’s tails. That is politeness in cat language, so don’t be surprised if your own cat regularly holds her butt under your nose!
Items in the house also regularly receive cups, although it is actually more likely to rub their lips somewhere. This way, the cat releases its own scent, making it feel safe. These odor traces must be refreshed regularly, otherwise the odor will evaporate. Not to mention the staff who regularly go to all those places with a cloth and remove the precious smell! Low objects are usually marked by rubbing them with the chin.
Even with stress between cats or with fear of cats outside, a cat can give more cups to give itself a sense of safety.