Understanding Cats Behavior – Part 1
A cat has his own welcoming miaow which he will use only for his owner. Other people, even companion cats, will hear a different meow as their greeting. The cat will then rub against the owner’s legs and may accompany this with a chirruping noise of greeting. He may bounce on stiff front legs, back slightly arched, with ears pricked up and tail held high.
Cats rub like this because they have scent glands around their chins and lips (and also anus), and when they rub they transfer this scent onto whatever they have touched, making the object or person smell more familiar. An owner who has been outside for a time will have lost some of his cat’s scent, so the cat renews it.
When greeting a returned owner, the cat may be in such a hurry to say ‘hi’ that he does not use any of his scent glands, but simply rubs his side along