9 ways cats show their love
Cats show their love in so many ways. Some are obvious and some are not. Some we find cute and some we find a little annoying. However our cats show us affection, each has its own unique ways of showing them.
Cats like to give presents
The cat brought you a gift. It may be a leaf, a branch, their favorite toy… or errr… a dead-something they caught outside. Cats are natural-born hunters and when they bring you a gift, they’re showing and offering you a token of their affection and love.
Sometimes other people’s cats bring you presents of love, too. One time, the across-the-hall neighbor’s cat brought me a giant dead rat as a token of affection. I was flattered.
Most cats don’t expose their bellies and don’t like their bellies touched. Ever. One, because it makes them too vulnerable and two, they trust no one (at first). However, if your cat plops down and rolls over that means they trust you, feel protected by you and are completely comfortable around you.
One of my kitties plops down for belly rubs the minute I get home from work. Every day. The other one just stands there and watches. She has no idea what she’s missing.
AKA: the head butt. Sometimes it’s soft and gentle and sometimes they butt you so hard, the phone gets knocked out of your hand while you’re texting. Cats do this while they’re relaxed and friendly to deposit facial pheromones on humans or objects to signal comfort, safety and possession with you.
Your cat may give you little love bites that don’t hurt and you barely feel while playing with you. These playful nibbles are signs of affection and their way of showing you attention.
It’s totally cute when my cats do this. Not so cute when the playful nibble turns into a MMA fight match with your arm.
Why are you following me?
Do your cats follow you around from room to room or run circles around your feet and rub your ankles while trying to make dinner? They’re showing their fondness and want to stay close. While it may not be the best moment, just roll with it. It’s another way of them showing love.
Kneading or as vets call it “making biscuits” is a cat instinct. For many cats, this kitten behavior developed as babies when nursing from their mothers, carries into adulthood for a number of reasons including showing contentment and love, a way of calming down if feeling anxious or to mark you or an object with the scent in their paw sweat glands.
Tip of the Tail
Your cat’s tail can indicate its mood—if content in the current situation, she’ll hold her tail out and loosely behind. If happy, she’ll hold her tail up high with a slight twitch or it will curl forward. If her tail is moving, twitching or wagging she’s showing interest. We’ve all seen this movement as Mr. and Ms. Kitty intensely watch a bird through the window.
The Purrfect Purr
It’s a cat-parents favorite sound. The purr. Cats purring=happiness all around.
Did you know that kittens start purring even before they open their eyes? They purr and rumble while nursing, a reassuring sound to mama cats.
Eye contact is uncomfortable for cats. However, once they’ve made that connection of trust and lock eyes with you, they’ll show just how much they like you by blowing kisses, kitty-style. How to know if you’ve been kissed? Make eye contact with your kitty and slowly blink. If you see her slowly blinking, as well—you’ve been kitty-kissed! Try it again. Chances are they’ll give you more than one kiss.