On Quora.com a person asked why a stray cat that she was petting wanted to try and reach her face. I thought that this cat did not want a reach her face but the cat wanted to interact with her on the same level. As the cat is much smaller than the person she can’t do this.
Therefore she reaches up. It’s a question of trying to be on the same level because cats normally regard us as other cats. Normally they see as a surrogate mothers and sometimes as kittens but we must remember that we are giants in their eyes and therefore rather strange, abnormally large cats. It is very hard for them to interact with us in their feline way.