Cats do not always look at their humans as ‘handy food dispensers.’ Feline affection is much more complicated and special than that. Cats are believed to be happy living as solitary creatures. Whilst this is true, they are still capable of loving their humans. They may not be as expressive as their canine counterpart, but they do try to say ‘I love you’ in their own special ways.
1. When you are getting the ‘cat kiss.’
Cats communicate a lot through their eyes. The ‘cat kiss’ is expressed through a slow blink, which is why it is also referred to as the ‘eye kiss.’ Have you noticed how your furry companion stares at you with occasional closing and reopening her eyes? Cool! You just got ‘eye-kissed’! This means she trusts you enough to let her guard down by gradually closing and opening her eyes.
2. When she headbutts you or rubs her head against you.
This is one of the most apparent gestures of pure feline affection. In fact, they even do this with other animals. Similar to headbutts are cheek rubs, which mean the same way as the former. This is their way of shamelessly marking you as part of their territory by smearing you with their pheromones. This will send a message to other cats you encounter that you are nobody else’s but hers.
3. ‘I “knead” you, human.’
There are several reasons why cats engage in kneading as part of their habit. This is a sheer nostalgia of the cat’s earlier days as a kitten. Kittens used to knead their mothers during feeding to increase the flow of milk. Such behaviour is positively associated with joy and comfort. If your fluffy pal does this special massage to you, she might be thinking of you as her mother.
Just a little reminder, prepare a soft barrier between you and your kneading cat. This can be quite painful, especially for those with sharp nails.
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4. When you receive special ‘feline gifts.’
Cats love giving presents, and it does not have to be on a holiday season. That said, it is not appropriate to punish your cat for leaving you with her ‘generous gift.’ Her favoured choices are a dead mouse, bird, or anything. Being naturally born predators, consider this offering as one of their nicest gestures. It may be hard to take this as a compliment but remember that it is the thought that counts.
5. When she gives you the ‘kitty thumbs-up.’
No, they cannot do it with their paws as humans do. The kitty thumbs-up is represented through the curving of the tail. Take it as an expression of feline affection when she slightly entangles her tail around your legs as she passes you.
Their tail is not only for balance but a good decoder of moods as well. For example, a sudden whipping of her tail could mean anger, whilst a gentle flick means she is seeking for some attention.
6. A kind of feline vibration—purr and more purr.
The power of purr is a widely recognised trait in cats. This refers to the soft or loud sigh, and the rhythmic hum comes beneath the fur. This is a pleasing sound of kitty contentment. Cats usually purr whilst getting comfortable in your lap as you gently stroke them.
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7. When she tirelessly follows you from room to room.
There are particular cat breeds that perform doglike behaviour of following their owners everywhere. But for any cat owners, it is an all-too-familiar scenario where you almost stumble just because this little creature is underfoot. For some, they are always glad to accompany you even when you do your thing in the bathroom. These are apparent signs of a loving cat that does not want to leave your side.
8. When she sleeps with you or near you.
Many cats always find a way to curl up amongst the sheets and blankets with you on it. They crave for utter comfort and there is no better spot anywhere than near you. At times, they not only sleep with you but sleep on you. If she does this to you, that means she trusts you the most. Cats seek a calm and uninterrupted sleep, and trusting you with this is a sure sign of love. The fact that she chose to share your bed is a given compliment.
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