Many species, including cats and humans, enjoy friendly touch and use touching as a means of communication. One of cats’ more distinctive and delightful ways to express themselves with touch is head-bumping, also called head-butting, head-bonking, or (more officially) bunting. Cat behavior consultant and author Pam Johnson-Bennett explains this behavior well:
When [your cat] comes up to you, lowers his head, and seems to butt it gently (or sometimes not so gently) right in your face he may me doing what is referred to as bunting. This is a very affectionate behavior that is displayed only toward another companion animal or human family member. Bunting is a very respectful way that a cat shows affection.
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