Six Ways Cats Show Love for Their Owners

by VetDepot on March 25, 2014

cat pet editedCats may be a little more subtle than dogs when it comes to expressing their love, but they certainly have their own ways of showing affection.

Below are six ways cats show love for their human companions:

1.)    Holding eye contact: If your sweet kitty catches your gaze, possibly followed by a soft blink, this is most likely an indication of love and trust.

2.)    Purring: This may be an obvious one, but a steady purr is a sure sign your cat is content in your presence.

3.)    Paw kneading: Purring is often accompanied by paw kneading, and is one way your cat might try to nuzzle up to you.

4.)    Napping on or next to you: Most cats have a large variety of options when it comes to napping locations. If your feline companion chooses your lap over the comfy cat bed or armchair, take it as a compliment.

5.)    Head butting: This one may seem a little silly, but if your cat looks down and leans her head into you, this is basically the equivalent of a hug.

6.)    Bringing “gifts” to you: A dead mouse may not be the surprise you’d like to come home to, but cats are very proud of their hunting skills. Sharing their prey means they value your friendship.

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Carolyn April 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

Interesting info

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Heidi Kristine April 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

I’ll add and/or correct that a cat shows its affection for you by proximity, remaining near you and yes includes sleeping and/or napping especially on you.

A cat head butts because of an innate behavior (not learned) to spread its hormones on you. There are small glands located immediately in front of the cats ears above its eyes and the head butting spreads it scent on its owner or who ever in order to claim that person.

A cat kneading is also an innate behavior (not learned) and more reflexive but a sure indicator of satisfaction verses hunger in an adult cat. The kitten from birth, with its highly developed sense of smell locates the mother cats nipples, starts suckling and to stimulate milk production kneads the mammary gland. Depending on the cats genes it continues this behavior in adult life when satisfied, content or yes when its in love.

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nailbuf April 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I’ve been very lucky to have sweet tempered cats. They are lap sitters, and purrers, plus I’ve had them share the love by bringing me gifts such as the occasional mouse, and even a garden snake! We have even developed a game of hide and seek. In my opinion, a house is not a home without a cat.

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Martha Kocher June 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

My cat, Xena, sleeps on my pillow. She doesn’t like being held at all, but loves being petted.

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