Even though my cat can’t speak aloud, she is constantly trying to find ways to communicate with me.
Whether my cat is “meowing” because she’s hungry, or pawing at my legs because she wants attention, she finds ways to let me know exactly what she is thinking.
While I can’t read her mind, I know that she is also constantly finding new ways to tell me she loves me. And just as there are specific behaviors through which a dog communicates love, experts also report that there are specific, unique ways that our cats are saying “I love you.”
This exclusive list of behaviors delves into the incredible ways that our cats attempt to communicate their love for us.
And while I knew a few of these already, most of them were quite surprising. In fact, I was shocked by just how often my cat has been trying to show me how much she loves me!
Which of these signs has your cat been displaying to let you know that they love you as much as you love them? Let us know in the comments!
1. Kneading Your Legs
2. Bringing You a Present
3. Head-Butting You
Head-butting may seem like an odd behavior, but it actually shows that your cat truly cares about you.
According to the experts at Mother Nature Network, “Cats have secret glands concentrated on certain parts of their bodies, including their cheeks and heads. When your kitty rubs her head or face against you, she’s marking you with her scent and claiming you as part of her family group.”
They continue, “This scent is a source of both comfort and familiarity for your kitty.”
4. Staring Into Your Eyes
5. Showing You Their Belly
6. Curving the Tip of Their Tail
The tail can actually be an incredible barometer into how your cat feels about you.
In an essay entitled Ask a Behaviorist: How Do Cats Show Affection to People?, Catster writes, “Kitties express happiness and warm feelings by fluffing out the base of their tails while subtly quivering them. Simultaneously, they hold their tails upright with a slight curve at the top.”
They continue that this tail curve “is sometimes called the happy tail dance.”
7. Nipping You
8. Rubbing Against Your Legs
10. Following You Around
If your cat can’t seem to get enough of your company, you know you have a loving connection.
According to the Mother Nature Network, “If your feline friend follows you from room to room, jumps onto tables and counters to be near you, and always seems to be right where you step, she clearly enjoys your company.”
A good test is if your cat continues to follow you, “especially if it’s not near feeding time.”
Source: Little Things