Unlike dogs, who have many clear ways of expressing their feelings, cats are often more subtle or downright hard to read. But it doesn’t mean they don’t care.
We will help you decypher subtle hints from your feline to see just how much it loves you.
To recieve this cat-equivalent of a tight hug is a very special privilege indeed. When cats cheek-rub and head-bump you or push against you, they leave a scented signature of their facial pheromones. It means that they trust you and feel safe in your presence.
A purr can mean a number of things but there’s one unique signal, a full bodied rumble, that your kitty reserves for their one true love. Powerful purring also lowers cat’s heart rate helping them relax and enjoy feelings of contentment.
If your furry friend is a chronic nibbler it’s likely that they have a thing for you. It is pretty easy to tell the difference between a love bite and a regular bite: one hurts, while the other one only tickles. Biting is a rare sign of affection, so when your pet decides to use it, they are trying to tell you in no uncertain terms just how awesome you are.
Small kittens knead against their mother’s breasts to induce milk production. Experts believe that returning to this habit later means a cat is feeling nostalgic of their kittenhood and tries to relieve those happy moments. So the next time your kitty tries to knead you like you’re pizza dough, don’t think that they’re prepairing for a comfy nap. This is a sure sign of adoration. Accompanied by purring and an intense gaze it should be treated as an official declaration of undying love.
Twitching the tail
You can tell a lot by watching a cat’s tail. This mood sensor will puff up when the cat is agitated or scared, while a slight flipping of the tip signalises pleasure. If tail twitching occurs when your cat is around you, it’s a sign of utmost respect.
Licking your hair or ears
It is not often that humans recieve the high honour of a cat grooming session. But if you became one of those lucky mortals, it means that you’re deemed worthy to enter your cat’s inner circle. Welcome. Take a minute to process this. Grooming is one of the most obvious signs of your kitty’s friendship and affection.
Rolling on the floor indicates that your kitty is trying to get your attention. Felines only show their tummies voluntarily to those they can trust. Feeling of security means a lot to a cat, so if they sprawl out in front of you, this is a sign that they are feeling loved and protected. But be careful: a tummy rub can turn violent on a moment’s notice. You may have to live with some light scarring. Just remember that deep down your kitty loves you no matter what!
Cats save eye contact for people they really know and trust. If the eye contact is accompanied by slow blinking consider yourself sort of ’kitty-kissed’. Try mimiking this behaviour to return the love.
Sharing nap time
Felines crave warm safe places to sleep, so if your furry friend decides to snuggle next to you or even on your lap, you should feel especially flattered. Cats are most vulnerable when they are asleep, and there is no greater compliment than being chosen as their snooze spot. Remember: your kitty coming to you at night to sit on your chest, face, or side also counts as your quality time together. So what if you’re asleep and not there to savour the moment?
Let’s face it: having tiny dead somethings on your pillow is not exactly what you would wish for. Ever. Yet a kitty that presents you with such an offering deserves a praise. Bringing you the dead ’treat’ (or the toy version of it) is a sign that your cat thinks of you as family and wants to provide for you. After all, it’s the thought that counts.
If you’re fortunate enough to share your life with a cat, sooner or later you’ll understand their way of communicating. One way or another — through purring, grooming or snuggling up — cats always find a way to show their love and deep affection for their special humans.
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