Cats may not greet their owners with wagging tails and sloppy kisses, but that doesn’t mean that they don't have genuine affection for their human companions. In fact, there are many ways that our fluffy friends show their affection for us - they simply express their love in much more subtle ways, all we as owners need is a basic understanding of feline behaviour and body language.
Take note, if your cat does anything on this list - there is a good chance they're letting you know how much they love you.
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Cats have scent glands on certain parts of their bodies, including their face and neck. These pheromones are both a source of familiarity and comfort to your kitty. By bumping and snuggling with their head, your cat is marking you and claiming you as family. Take this as a sign of affection, as your kitty essentially wants to let the world know that you belong to them!
Often referred to as a 'cat kiss', your cat is letting you know that they are accepting of their vulnerability that surrounds them. Because anything can happen while your kitty has it's eyes closed, it shows their complete and utter trust in you. If you notice your cat slow blinking at you, try to reciprocate by doing the same thing back!
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As kittens, this behaviour is used to stimulate a mother's milk flow, and is also believed to be one of the strongest levels of bonding between a cat and kitten. Therefore, When a cat kneads there is reason to believe that they feel very connected. Kneading releases pheromones from their paws, helping them to mark their territory with familiarity.
Petting a cat to the point where they roll over curiously is adorable. It's also a sign of submission and trust! When a cat exposes her belly to you, it’s showing willingness and vulnerability. Lovely, really! Just make sure that you are aware of if they like their belly rubbed before you dive in for pats, or your hand may come off second best.
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You cat's tail can tell you a lot about their mood. When you are greeted by your cat with it's tail straight in the air, they're showing confidence in their surroundings. A tail that sticks straight up signals contentment. Similarly, a curved/question mark shaped tail means that your kitty is a playful mood and is ready to have fun.
So, how many signs of cat love have you recognized in your pet's behaviour? Even if your feline is fairly low-maintenance, don't forget to show them love daily in return. By learning more about your cat's innate etiquette, you can enhance the bond that the two of you share together, forever.