Hello there, fur-enthusiasts! Ashley here, coming to you with another exciting blog post. If you’re like me, a doting cat mum, you’ve probably often wondered if your cat does indeed love you. Let’s face it, cats are mysterious creatures and it can sometimes be tricky deciphering their behaviors.
Today, I will reveal 7 secret signs that can tell you if your darling kitty has a special place for you in their heart. And of course, I’ll pepper in some of my stories featuring my adorable rescues – Paws, Whiskers, and Mittens. These anecdotes might help you to relate better with your furred buddies.
- Head Bunting: You know when your kitty rubs their head against you? Paws does this frequently whenever I’m sitting on my office chair working on shelter papers. At first, I thought it was just a cute way to get my attention. Then, I found out that it’s actually a massive sign of trust and affection, a behavior they reserve for their cherished ones. So, brace that unexpected head-butt!
- Tail Twitching: If Whiskers comes up to you with her tail pointed skywards, twitching at the end, that’s her excited way of saying “I love you”. Now, she’s a fluffy Siberian, and the sight of her bushy tail wiggling with love never fails to brighten up my day.
- Kneading: Now, Mittens has a habit of turning my lap into his personal dough kneading station. It’s endearing, even if it can get slightly painful when his claws come out! I discovered this is a throwback to their kitten days when they knead their mother’s tummy for milk – a sign they feel comfortable, safe and loved.
- Tummy reveal: If your cat rolls onto its back and shows you its tummy, take it as a huge compliment! This is their most vulnerable position, so exposing it means they trust you completely. Our shelter’s oldest resident, Fluffball, does this often when I come around for feeding time.
- Gift-giving: Sometimes, I find ‘presents’ by the door – a dead mouse or bird, courtesy of Simba, our fiercest huntress. Although it’s a little gross, I learned it’s their way of showing affection, sharing their “hunt” because they care about us.
- Sticky Shadows: If your cat follows you around like a shadow, that’s an unmistakable sign of love. Bella and Rascal, my two inseparable Siamese cats, are my adorable twin shadows. Laundry, cleaning, shower – they accompany me everywhere.
- Purring: The ultimate sign of kitty love. If your cat curls up next to you and starts purring, they are expressing contentment and love. All my 15 cats have their unique purring tunes, but the melody is always the same – pure love!
There you have it – secret signs your cat uses to say “I love you”. So the next time your furry friend indulges in one of these activities, smile and take it as a feline “I love you”. In my case, running a rescue shelter, these signs are my daily doses of happiness.
So be observant, fellow cat parents. Our feline friends might not say it with words, but their actions certainly do. Until next time, keep the love alive!