Your Cat’s Scent Glands
You may feel flattered as your cat rubs up against you in a sign of love. Actually, she is using her scent glands to mark you as part of her territory. She has scent glands at the base of her tail and will encourage you to scratch her to stimulate them. Your cat may urge you to pet her on the sides of her head or chin where she has other scent glands. She may be very affectionate while kneading on your lap and exasperating when she destroys your furniture and drapery. She is stimulating the scent glands in her feet and claws during these activities. And your cat’s destructive scratching leaves a visual marker. This lets others know what belongs to your cat, at least in her mind. She may repeat the marking as needed. You may want to deter or redirect destructive scratching but other scent marking is harmless. Learn more from your pet clinic Jacksonville, FL.