We all know cats – unlike dogs – dish out love when and if they feel like it. But even if they’re not cuddling in your lap, there are more subtle signs that they’re saying, “I love you.”
Take a look.
“This might be the display of cat love that’s easiest for humans to understand,”
says US vet Dr Karen Becker. “If your kitty first stares at you, then blinks, then opens his eyes wide, then slowly blinks a second time, he’s telling you he loves and trusts you. It’s the equivalent of being kissed.”
“If your cat is curled up and kneading your lap while you’re petting him, he’s returning the affection and telling you he loves you,” Yahaira Cespedes writes on PetMD.
But this can be pretty painful so try placing a barrier such as a blanket between its claws and you.
Bringing a present
Seems it’s true that when a cat brings you a dead mouse or bird, it’s a gift.
“Cats love to gift. Mighty hunter cats that catch everything from toys to bugs, mice or frogs, often share the bounty with those they love,” writes US certified animal behaviour consultant Amy Shojai.
Turns out that when your feline rubs its head against yours, it’s marking you with its scent and claiming you as part of its family. If it’s a cat you don’t know, you can start by extending a finger towards it at its nose level, even if it’s far away. If it trusts you, it’ll rub its cheeks against your hand.
Going belly up
While we know dogs love to roll on their backs and show us their tummies, cats
are less inclined to do so – but when they do, it indicates they’re comfortable around you.
“They feel loved and protected by you, rendering themselves defenseless while on their backs,” according to Marshall Morris on iheartcats.com.
A cat’s tail is a sure-fire barometer of what it feels, whether it be fear, anger or happiness. When the cat fluffs out the base of its tail while slightly quivering it, it’s a sign the feline is happy, as is the case when it holds its tail straight up with a slight curve at the top.
Turns out cats reserve most of their sounds for humans, often giving them special meows or purrs.
Okay, so your cat doesn’t want to sit in your lap, but maybe it likes to sit on the bed next to you or on a table close by. This is another sign of affection.
Some kitties even follow their owners around the house, and no, not for food, but just because they like being with them.
It’s a (furry) fact
The domestic cat (Felis CATUS) is the only feline that can hold its tail vertically while walking.
Cats don’t meow to other cats. The meow is only for communicating with humans.
The scent glands located between the cat’s eyes and ears are used to mark humans and other cats. Scent glands located on the mouth and under the chin are used to mark objects.
Famous cat lovers include writer JRR Tolkien, Britain’s Queen Victoria, artist Pablo Picasso and musicians John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and Taylor.
SOURCES: CATSTER.COM, HUFFPOST.COM, PETMD.COM, IHEARTCATS.COM, CATSINTERNATIONAL.ORG