Do you ever wonder why your cat does the things they do and how you can tell if they love you? From kneading to head butting, cats are certainly unique and sometimes mysterious creatures. While dog behaviors are usually easy to interpret, cats are a little more difficult to read. Check out these five ways that cats show affection, and see which ones apply to YOUR cat, and if you have any questions, give us a call at Affordable Pet Care Northwest.
Does your cat ever walk in place, slowly lifting one paw at a time on something soft like your lap or stomach as you’re taking a nap? This behavior is known as kneading, which kittens do against their mothers to stimulate milk production. Since this behavior is associated with the happiness from a meal for a kitten, experts believe it’s a sign of affection for an adult cat. So the next time you feel those paws pressing on your body, just know it’s just your cat saying they love you.
While it may not SOUND like an affectionate behavior, when your cat butts (also known as head bunting) their head against you, facial pheromones are deposited. Feline facial pheromones are used to mark surfaces as safe and trustworthy, so when your cat head butts you, they’re actually saying “I trust you.”
When your cat rolls on their back, exposing their belly, it often means they’re trying to get your attention (usually for food). Since this is a vulnerable position for an animal to be in, a cat puts itself in this position ONLY around someone it trusts. In your cat’s case, this “someone” is you! The “tummy up” position is a sign that your cat loves you and feels safe in your company.
Many people associate purring with contentment in the feline world, but cats can purr for a number of reasons. However, if your cat purrs when they’re kneading you or when you’re petting their head, chances are those purrs mean your cat is relaxed and happy with you. And did you know purring can lower a cat’s blood pressure and reduce stress? So never miss an opportunity to pet your feline friend to get them purring!
Obviously, in order for a cat to be alert, its eyes need to be open, so if your cat chooses to slowly blink their eyes, it’s another sign of trust. If you blink slowly at your cat in return, it lets them know that you’re trustworthy and that you trust them, too!
The next time your cat exhibits any of these behaviors, accept them as signs of love, trust, and affection, so make sure to reciprocate when you can!