Cats and Affection | How Cats Show Love
Cat Behavior | Signs That Your Cat Likes You
All cats show love and affection, but learning their language can be tough. Maybe your cat blinks very slowly at you from a distance or rolls around to give you access to its fuzzy belly? Oddly, both these are affectionate displays.
Looking for signs that your cat loves you can be really difficult if you don't know what to pay attention to. This article will present to you some signs that your cat likes and loves you, and while you probably know some of them, there are some more subtle cat behaviors that you should keep an eye open to. So, have you ever wondered if your cat loved you?
Or at least liked you? Do you have any clue how to interpret your cat's behavior?
We all know that cats are a bit different than dogs, and it is a bit harder to tell what's going on with them at any time. Dogs are pretty transparent - they wag their tails, they look at you with their puppy eyes.. Well, you know what I am trying to say. If a dog loves you, you can tell.
But what about cats?
As a proud cat owner (there has never been a period of my life that I did not have a feline friend), I can tell you that it is much more difficult to tell with cats. You have to be able to pick up on very subtle things - such as the way your cat blinked at you, how long it stared into your eyes etc. I am not even kidding.
Cats are very cryptic beings. With their independent attitude, they can sometimes be a handful for anyone, especially if they are too mischievous and playful. But if your cat playfully scratches you, it still does not mean it doesn't like or even love you. So how can you tell? How can you recognize signs of cat affection?
This is what I think of the matter.
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Did you know?
It was Mark Twain who once said that if a man and a cat could be crossed, that would be an improvement for a man, but a deterioration for the cat. Do you agree that cats have certain qualities we should envy?
Some signs that your cat likes you
In the next part I will talk about some specific cat behaviors that you should pay attention to and their meanings
Your cat is purring
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr... purr... p... Wait!
This sign is widely misinterpreted by many of us. Most cat owners will tell you that if a cat purrs it is a sign that it is happy and a display of affection.
This does not have to be the case.
Cats will purr when they are in danger, when they are dying or even when they are in pain. So what does this mean? Purring of a cat can be compared to a smile, in one sense. You know how you have different grimaces? Well, a cat has many kinds of purring. You can smirk, smile menacingly, without meaning it etc. This is the same case.
A cat has a special purr reserved for affection, though, just like people have certain special smiles for special people. If you can pick up on this kind of purring (especially if the cat is rubbing on you), you can be pretty sure that your cat friend likes you.
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Pretty sure it does.
Bringing things and dead animals to you
How do you find it in your heart to reject kitty's offerings?
No, this is not a threat, as popular jokes imply. If your cat finds something interesting and wants you to have it, you can consider it a gift.
A bit nastier scenario is when your kitten kills a mouse or a bird and brings it to you, especially if it manages to bring it into the house. But this is a sign that your cat likes you and is, in a way, bringing you a treat.
I'm sure you may have known about this one, though.
Well, if you haven't - you do now! Moving on...
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Rubbing against you and holding eye contact
Is it stalking and plain pestering... Or love?
Next time you wake up and your cat headbutts you don't think this is because it is hungry. Okay, it probably is, but there is more to it. This is how cats show they're possessive of you.
Yep, you heard me. Cats have glands in their head that make some kind of oil that they use to mark what belongs to them. This is actually what they are doing to you.
Remember, human, you do not own your cat, it owns you.
But hey, at least it likes you.
Another important thing is the eye contact. Cats find eye contact extremely uncomfortable. So if your kitten looks into your eyes for a longer while and even shares a blink - it likes you very much!
Gifts for a cat
Does your cat like these toys?
Great cat toys for your feline friends! - Which one do you like the most? Vote up or down!
My personal favorite is the cat dancer because, well, you can imagine how funny it gets. The catnip toys are also great, but cats tend to ruin them after a while - but they aren't all that expensive after all. Does your cat have a toy that is not listed here and you find it really neat? You can add it or mention it in a comment, or you can vote up and down on the toys already on this list.
Insisting to sit on you or lean against you
Are you adored or just super comfortable?
This is one of the biggest signs your cat really likes you. I mean, you cannot be the most comfortable thing in the entire house, right? What about that armchair? Or the cozy pillow?
When your cat chooses to feel your physical presence all the time it is a surefire sign it likes you that much that it would rather sit on your lap than anywhere else.
This is particularly important to pay attention to when you have guests. If your cat leaps into your lap as soon as a stranger arrives, you can bet it likes you - it's possessive of you.
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Playfully biting and scratching you
...but never ever injuring you
You've noticed when your cat gets playful that it is more than easy for its control to slip a bit, and so your pet sometimes gets overly enthusiastic with scratching and biting.
The thing is, cats sometimes get irritable when you insist on playing. And then, instead of being gentle with the claws and the fangs, they cause a bit of damage. Usually, the scratches and the bites are not too much, rather just enough to make you go away (or so the kitty wants).
If your cat genuinely loves you, you will notice it's extra gentle with you. It will almost never scratch you bad enough to break your skin, and it will never bite you like you're a tasty little cat treat. You will also see the difference between how you are being treated, and the way Mr. or Miss. Cat treats you.
It feels so good to be privileged, doesn't it?
Do you make sure your cat is well-groomed? Do you have any grooming products?
Cat grooming products for your pet pals! - Which one do you like? Vote up or down!
I find that picking really good and quality grooming products for your pet is crucial, especially if you are looking for a good brush or hair clippers. Think about the type of hair your cat has, how much it sheds and how often it needs to be brushed, and then decide.