Why do house cats rub their head against their owners' legs and ankles?

it is a display of affection
it is a stretching excercise
it is a type of scent marking
It is a sign of hunger
Cats often scen­t-­mark things that are most im­por­tant to them, it is a way of marking cat's ter­ri­to­ry. This be­hav­iour is called bunting. Cat's scent glands are located on many parts of the cat's body, in­clud­ing fore­head, tail and cheeks.

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it is a display of affection
it is a stretching excercise
it is a type of scent marking
It is a sign of hunger
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it is a display of affection
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it is a stretching excercise
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2%
it is a type of scent marking
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80%
It is a sign of hunger
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