Why does my cat put his paw on my face when I hold him? Published May 6, 2017 at 638 × 421 in Why does my cat put his paw on my face when I hold him? The classic set up. Cat owner cuddles cat and cat places paw on the owner’s face and sometimes directly on the mouth. Cats like to touch and keep heads at a distance. Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress comments. Comments are welcome.