Question: Why does my cat rub his head against me or on the corners of our furniture?
Crazy Cat Lady:
That is absolutely one of my favorite things that a cat does! I call them "kitty shove kisses" because it feels like they are bumping their head on you -- and it is a sign of love!
A cat has special scent glands located in various parts of his body, including the area underneath the skin on his chin, and the area around his eyes. Different glands secrete different molecules called pheromones which affect a number of behaviors including reproduction and establishing territory. (Smell is an extremely important sense in cats, in some cases more than sight.) When your cat rubs up against you - or any other object in your home -- with his head, he is actually "marking" you or the object with his own scent, as a signal to other cats that he is claiming it as "his"! My cats do this to their chosen favorite felines in the family, probably for the same reason. You will probably notice that when your cat is doing this behavior, he is in a loving, peaceful and contented mood. The scent glands around his face release what are known as "facial pheromones," sometimes called "happy hormones!"
You should feel honored when your cat does this to you as it is demonstrating his deep affection for you.