Why Does My Cat Rub Her Face on My Phone?

Why Does My Cat Rub Her Face on My Phone

Does your cat keeping coming up to you and rubbing her face on your phone when you’re busy surfing the web and catching up with friends?

It can be a little annoying, right? I get that. But, all it really means is that your cat is trying to tell you something.

Here are some of the reasons why cats rub their faces on us, and on our phones if that’s what is in our hands.

See which reason most likely applies to your cat, and what you can do to make them happy instead of shooing them away and getting back on your phone.

Why Does My Cat Rub Her Face on My Phone?

They Are Trying to Get Your Attention

They Are Trying to Get Your Attention
Ignore me at your own peril…

I bet you’ve been staring at your phone for way too long without giving your cat any fussing or attention, right? At least in their mind, it’s been too long if they are rubbing against your phone.

The average person is guilty of spending too much time glued to their phone. I’m not going to tell you how to spend your time, but I think you know what to do if your cat is nudging your phone.

They Are Reminding You That the Love You

Cats are lovable creatures, and sometimes they just want to remind us how much they love us. Most cats do this by rubbing on us or things we’re holding.

There are other ways cats can show us love too. It’s always nice when my cat comes and rubs the side of her face on my phone when I’m surfing the net, I give her a little fussing under the chin and it’s a fair trade.

They Are Marking Things with Their Scent

They Are Marking Things with Their Scent

Cats go around ’bunting’ things to leave their scent all around their territory. This is to warn other cats which areas and items belong to them (yes, that includes you and your phone).

They have scent glands in several places, but it’s mainly around their mouths and cheeks they use if you see them rubbing their teeth on your phone.

They Are Hungry?

I don’t know about you, but a lot of my cats’ actions are motivated by hunger. They will bunt me for all of the reasons above, plus to tell me it’s time to eat if I’m slacking on filling up their bowls.

So, if nudging you and rubbing their faces on you corresponds with feeding time, it’s no coincidence.

Your Phone Smells like You

Our cats love things that smell like us once they are familiar with us. That’s why they sleep on our clothes, on our beds, nestle in on our laps, and so on.

If you spend lots of time with your phone in your hand it’s going to smell like you, so they’ll be happy to rub their scent on it which might explain their behavior.


Hopefully these reasons have helped you better understand your cat’s behavior when they come up to you and rub their face on your phone.

Cats are curious and complex creatures. The good news is that more often than not they are just trying to get your attention to show you how much they love you!

Does your cat have any curious or funny behaviors that you’re trying to figure out? I’d love to hear about it and any other feedback about this post, just drop a comment below. Thanks!


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