What greater gift than the love of a cat?

Scooter and Charles Dickens
Photo Credit: Scooter, my Sweet Prince in Taipei!

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.

Gifts
Photo Credit: Internet Source

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.

Photo Credit: Pishool & her babies (Pishool is Sepid's cat back in Iran)
Photo Credit: Pishool & her babies (Pishool is Sepid’s cat back in Iran)
Photo Credit: Puss in Boots, my favourite cartoon character (from Internet Source)
Photo Credit: Puss in Boots, my favourite cartoon character (from Internet Source)

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.

Photo Credit: Internet Source
Photo Credit: Internet Source

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!

Photo Credit: Sticky, my Queen Bee in Taipei!
Photo Credit: Sticky, my Queen Bee in Taipei!

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!

Photo Credit: Piaf
Photo Credit: Piaf

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~~

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43 thoughts on “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

  1. My cat always looks at me with slow blinks and purrs at the same time after biting or scratching me. Do you think this is the way it shows its love?

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    1. I have never had any cat giving birth! Seeing that pic of Pishool breast feeding her babies was really amazing! I really quite enjoying blogging about cats although it really took quite some energy, but at the same time, I also feel kind of sad when writing as I always think of my cats in Taipei! ….

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  2. This is so cute haha i’m more of a dog person, purely because I’m allergic to cats but i absolutely love them! I always give my friends cats cuddles (if they want them or not) even though i have a sneezing and coughing fit!

    i really liked all the pictures and the way you used subheading. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you, Maddy!
      I am thinking also to write about allergies and treatment…. let me see how I can address this in my future posts!
      I try to post also the pictures of my cats in Taipei so they know I still love them haha :p

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  3. Hi Stef, i actually liked dog more than cat. But after reading your post, i can see how cute cats are. It reminds me of my neighbour’s cat, he was very fat and cute, and I liked to call him Garfield. But my neighbour told me he was hit by a car last week and died. Now i won’t see him climbing along the stairs to get to my floor anymore 😦

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    1. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about that! That’s the worst! 😦 I feel bad now. Can’t imagine if that was my cat……….
      Come to my place to play with Piaf after this crazy semester!

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  4. Love 😍 this 😍, I even translate each word to get your idea, I love cat too. I have 1 question, I tried to play with a cat (first meet) few days ago and he/she tried to bite my hand after a while but not really a bite, so I stop playing, just wonder what does it mean?

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    1. Thanks, Long! Cat bite means a few things depending on the situation though. Was the cat enjoying your pats?? How did you play with him/her?? Need more information here! 🙂

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        1. Was the cat a stray cat or she got a family and just came out for a walk?
          How did you approach the cat?
          Normally cats are quite alert to things/people they are not familiar with. It also depends on the age of the cats. Kittens are more playful and tend to adopt better to new things.
          If she was quite defending, I would assume the bite wasn’t a friendly one though….
          Did she hiss at you?

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          1. No, she is quite playing with me I think, I raise cat already so I know when a cat become violence, she is in her house at that time, maybe she just play with me as others kittens, my cat usually bite my hand gentlely too.

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  5. oh! cat is such a cuteeeeeee pet 🙂 I havent known much about cat before but never is too late 🙂 I must keep an eye on your blog to have more knowledge about cat as I wish to adapt a cat in the near future. waiting for your next post. Cheers

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    1. Annie, once you have got a cat, you will soon realise he/she is not a pet, but a part of the family! 😉 As I said we adapt Piaf here, so let me know if you need some information about adaption! 😉 Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    1. 17 years old!!!!!! Tell me about your cat… how did she come to your family and all the story.
      I have a story for each of my cats, and how I named them! And I bet you do as well! 😉

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  6. I loved your post Stef, i can relate to pretty much everything on your list. My cat Tom loves rolling around on the floor, he loves getting his belly rubbed. He also loves rubbing is head on me, he always does it when i feed him, i always think its his way of saying thank you. I read somewhere that if a cat sleeps on you or next to you that they trust and love you.
    I love cats and agree that they are so loving.

    – Kim

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    1. Yeah, Kim, it is s true that cats only sleep with people they really love and trust! I am going to write in my next post about some of their behaviours! I am so glad to know that you share the same passion as me and I have to say without this blog thing, I would have never known about this! 😉

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    1. That’s the main reason I am writing these blogs…. make people know more about cats and love cats eventually! :p

      Still, don’t get me wrong, I love dogs well… just cats are smarter! 😉

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