One common criticism people have towards cats is that they don’t show how their feelings or affection. Those who haven’t been blessed with the furry feline love really have difficulties believing that cats can be extremely loving and affectionate. My all time favourite quote from the very famous English writer, Charles Dickens, “What grater gift than the love of a cat?”, is just purrfect here to show these sweet, beautiful furry creatures give the best love you can ever get, they just do it differently in numerous ways. Some are quite obvious signals that they love you, but sometimes how they display their love can be seen as odd or even annoying if one doesn’t know the hidden secretes behind them.
Here are some ways cats say “I love you”:
1. Cats love you with Purrs
In my last blog, I have already mentioned that cats purr for several reasons, and how beneficial purring is. They purr especially when they are happy and comfortable. When your cat starts her purr engine and it’s getting strong in your presence, there is no doubt that she is expressing her love to you and want to make sure it’s loud and clear so you know.
2. Cats love with Gifts
Yes, cats bring gifts! Most of the time these gifts are their kills. I still remember those days waking up to a dead cockroach or a dead bug my queen bee Sticky caught and she just couldn’t stop herself sharing them with me. 😉 Cats are natural hunters, so when they bring these gifts to you, they are offering you the highest compliment which they wouldn’t bother doing if they don’t have a loving relationship with you.
3. Cats love you with Kneading
Kneading is a behaviour developed in the kittenhood. Little kitten babies use their front paws to knead against their mother cat’s breasts to induce milk to be released. So when adult cats continue this behaviour, it normally means they are feeling most relaxed, fond and loved. This is really their way of showing you the love.
4. Cats love you with Eyes
Speaking of cat eyes, there is no way I don’t mention my absolutely favourite cartoon character “Puss in Boots”. Remember how he stole Shrek’s heart with his big innocent eyes? That’s right, cat eyes have this magic power of mesemerising. Cats only make eye contact with those they know well and have developed trust for. When your kitten has her eyes fixated on you, it’s an obvious expression of adoration. And a slow blink once your eyes meet hers is considered as a cat kiss.
5. Cats love you with Butts
I have to say that one thing Piaf really enjoys doing is to have her butt facing to me whenever she comes to sit on my tummy when I am in bed. This is a behaviour of showing her compliment. It’s like human’s hug or kisses on each cheek in greeting. You won’t hug or cheek kiss someone you don’t like, and neither will kittens. Cats only offer this compliment to their most trusted and beloved people. So see it as the highest privilege, not that you need to sniff though.
6. Cats love you with Scents
Cats use scents for several reasons which are mainly related to mark their territories. They have scent glands in the skin of their chin, lips, cheeks, forehead, tails and between their toes in the pads of their feet. So whenever a cat bumped you with their head, cheeks or your ankles and twines his tail about your leg, which is called bunting, or scratching something, she is spreading her odor to claim her territory or property. Basically she is telling you that you belong to her. Take this as a greatest endorsement and approval you could get from a cat!
7. Cats love you with Rolling
When a cat rolls on her back at your feet or even on your lap, this is a sign of showing their affection. No cat would easily present her tummy in a environment where she cannot relax. So cats normally do that for people they truly trust and love. This kind of behaviour tends to occur when you are busy on something, yes, it is a sign that your kitty is seeking for your attention and wanting you to give her a pat. Piaf always does that on my lap when I am working on my assignments like now!
These are some most common ways cats express their love… if you tick every single one like I do, I assure you that your cats are happily loved and at the same time are loving you to the moon and back!!!
Let me know how many ticks you’ve got, you crazy cat lovers??? Meow~~