Why Do Cats Like Rubbing Against People's Legs?

Why Do Cats Like Rubbing Against People's Legs?

Cats rub against people to communicate, leave their scent, show affection and claim their companions. Rubbing against legs is also a form of feline greeting. Additionally, by rubbing against a human's leg, the cat leaves an undetected odor to identify her as part of its clan.

A cat has glands on its forehead, front paws and flanks, each of which secretes pheromones that serve as a chemical communication. The rubbing leaves behind these pheromones, which then signal and give information to other cats, marking a cat's territory and objects. Similar to a human fingerprint, each cat's pheromone signature is unique.