We all know that cats are different from dogs. The way they behave and even the way they show affection towards their owners. Dogs want to please their owners, and cats show their love when they want. Then how do cats show affection? With body language!
Cats are real sleeping champions and they can sleep up to 16 hours a day! When they are asleep they are the most vulnerable, and the place where she sleeps must be save and secure. What bigger compliment do you want when your cat chooses your lap to sleep on?
Have you never noticed your cat slow blinking? When cats meet strangers or other cats, they usually greet them with a long unblinking stare. Slow eye blinking which is often called “Kitty Kisses“, are a sign of affection. You could make a little game of this by slowly blinking back at your cat and see how long the exchanging of kitty kisses can last.
Cats groom not only because of hygiene. Cats groom each other both to relieve stress and as a bonding mechanism. If your cat grooms you, it’s a sign that he accepts you as part of her feline “family“. It can also be a way of claiming “ownership” of you. And even nibbling or sucking or your clothes, or licking your face is a sign of affection. And this way she marks you as an important member of the family. What more do you want?
Purring can mean many things, from delight to expressions of concern. If your cat is purring when she’s around you, you can be sure she’s expressing her love for you. Or she just likes to be scratched behind the ear.
Head Rubbing and Butting
If your cat rubs her face on you, she is “marking” you as her property. There are glands on her face that hide pheromones to mark her territory as well as signal comfort and familiarity. Each cat’s pheromone signature is unique, just as our fingerprints are. When she leaves behind this ‘signature’, she saying you are hers. And basically, you are hers.
If your cat follows you from room to room and is wherever you are, it’s a sign that she’s interested in you and wants to be where you are. Some cats who otherwise don’t show affection can still show their love just by “being there/with for you.” So when she’s sleeping in the room you are in as well, this might mean she likes to be around you and feels save with you.
As nasty as it is to find a dead mouse or bird in front of your door, do not yell or scold her when you find it. She gave you a gift and she hopes you will be pleased with the offering. If you don’t want to find dead rodents or birds near your door anymore, the best way is to keep her indoor.
Do you talk with the ones you don’t like? Exactly! Cats rarely meow to other cats, and they usually meow to interact with their human. Even when she’s annoying you by meowing continuously, she’s doing it out of love.
This gesture came from when your cat was a kitten, when your cat kneaded her mother to stimulate milk flow. later in life, kneading means pleasure and adoration especially in combination with drooling. This is one of the greatest expressions of love that your cat can show to you.
The chance is big you probably haven’t seen this, but your roommate or significant other might. Most cats who are close with their owners will become excited when they hear your car in the driveway, or when you make sounds with your keys when you’re about to open the door. If they run to the door when you come through it, they’ve missed you and are glad that you’ve returned home safely. In fact, my cats behave the same way when my boyfriend is coming back home from work. When I see both cats running towards the door with their tails up, I know he will be walking through the door within a few minutes.
Showing Off Their Belly
When your cat rolls over and shows her belly to you, she is tell you that she trusts you and loves you. Showing off her belly exposes her vulnerability and she’s comfortable enough with you to let down her guard. But beware, it isn’t always a sign that she wants to be pet on her belly when she shows it to you. Some cats don’t like to be pet there.
Many cats put their tail up high in a questioning mark shape when they greet someone they like. A tail high up in the full upright position also means familiarity, trust and affection. If you want to know more about their tails, have a look right here.