Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog and Pet Fun > Cat and Pet Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-26-2010, 02:16 PM
Doggie07 Doggie07 is offline
Show Dog
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 246
Default Why do Cats . . .

Does anyone know why cats roll in the dirt and then rub it on their owners?
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 02:28 PM
AllieMackie's Avatar
AllieMackie AllieMackie is offline
Wookie Collie
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 6,600

Mine doesn't do that...

but cats just generally like to rub against their owners, dirt or no dirt.

Finnegan - Border Collie | Barrett the ferret | Stan & Fiora - the cats
RIP - Fozzy 1993-2006 Palom 2008-2010 Ysera 2008-2011 Basol 2008-2012 Freya 2008-2014 Porom 2008-2014
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 03:02 PM
cJw314's Avatar
cJw314 cJw314 is offline
Vicarious Owner
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 82

I thought I remembered hearing that cats rubbed on things they considered "theirs"... was I misinformed?

I really should look into it; I've been seriously planning on some clicker training with our 2 cats.

"Everything you can imagine is real." -- Pablo Picasso

Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 03:12 PM
Maxy24's Avatar
Maxy24 Maxy24 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 8,039

yeah I'd say it's probably scent marking. Although it's possible rolling in dirt has some coat benefit, though I'm just guessing on that.

Thank you ~Dixie's Mom~ for my awesome siggy!
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 03:15 PM
FoxyWench's Avatar
FoxyWench FoxyWench is offline
Salty Sea Dog
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7,308

cats rubbing is a method of scent rubbing against naything in general is their way of marking it as their own...

they will also rub in "scents" they like or to add scent ontop of strange scent...

our cats indoors only, but he loves to rolls and rub on shoes then come rub up against his favorite people. hes a freek.

I wonder if other dogs think Cresties are members of some weird religious cult?

Adventures In Cluck Clucks, watch them grow @

Hand Made Fleece Blankets

Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 03:49 PM
PixieSticksandTricks's Avatar
PixieSticksandTricks PixieSticksandTricks is offline
Athletic Labs. They Exist
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,799

My tabby is an indoor only cat. But he is constantly rolling around and rubbing on every person in the house. He is also my drooler.

I think its just scent marking. So pretty much your cat is saying "This is MY Human!".
Sporting Dogs Make Me Smile
Mom to-
Maggie May (5 year old, American Cocker Spaniel)
Sawyer (2 year old, Labrador Retriever)
Morisson (2 year old, Lab/Beagle)
And aunt to-
aka my brothers/roommates dog.(1 year old, Lab/Shiba Inu)
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 05:25 PM
MPP MPP is offline
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,037

Because they're cats. They can do anything they want. Explanations are for peons. Just ask them!
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:33 PM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site