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8 Surprising Ways Cats Tell You They Love You

8 Surprising Ways Cats Tell You They Love You

Cats love humans more than we realize.

Unlike dogs, cats don’t greet their owners with wagging tails and sloppy kisses, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have genuine affection for us. They simply express their affection in more subtle ways.

All that's needed to decipher their secret codes is a basic understanding of feline body language.

Master this and you'll soon realize that your kitty is constantly trying to tell you how much they love you. 

1. Eyes Only For You

The intense stare of a cat can leave some feeling uneasy, but this really shouldn't be the case.

Cats simply aren't afraid to give eye contact to those they LOVE. If your kitty's saucers are fixated on you when they're snuggled up on your lap, this is their way of saying 'I love you.' Strange, we know, but quite literally the look of love.

cat staring the camera


2. We All Knead Love

Cats have many strange ways of showing affection. One particularly odd illustration of their love is kneading, more commonly known as "making biscuits".

Felines learn the act of kneading from their mothers as kittens. If your kitty gives you a massage with their paws, they are showing you affection in the same way they would do with their mum. What could be a greater sign of love?

So next time your cat is gently kneading your tummy while you’re trying to watch your favorite TV show, take it as a compliment. And if there’s a little too much claw remember, it’s not kitty’s fault. Just give their nails a bit of a trim to make it more pleasurable experience.

finger touching cat paw

3. Up Close and Personal

Some cats don't really enjoy physical contact but that doesn't mean they don't want your companionship. If your cat follows you from room to room (and it's not feeding time) they want to be close to you. Kind of like your own fluffy little shadow.

As lovely as this expression of love is, it does also mean that you can forget about ever going to the bathroom alone again.


grey cat sleeping alongside woman in bed

4. Purr Like You Mean It

A cat's purr can mean a variety of things, from delight to expressions of concern.

When and where is therefore important to deciphering whether the purr is a loving one. If your cat's purrs are soft and in your presence i.e. if they're curled up on your lap, then this is a pretty good sign they are infatuated with you. Eyes closed and purring is your cat’s way of saying “I ADORE YOU.”

hand scratching cat chin

5. In the Lap Of Luxury

Cats have a reputation for being champion nappers with the ability to sleep in most positions imaginable. But that doesn’t mean they are not very particular about where they sleep.

They have certain ground rules when it comes to choosing these resting spots. The most important? Making sure it’s safe. So, when your cat chooses to sleep with you, around you, or on you, you should know this is a sign they trust and love you. You’re like a big security blanket for kitty.


cat sleeping on owner's laps

6. Sealed With a Kiss

Head-butting, also known as bunting, may seem like an odd way of showing affection, but this nuzzling action is essentially a kitty kiss.

Your cat has glands in their cheeks and heads that release 'happy messages.' When your cat nuzzles their face against you, they are marking you with their scent. This scent is a source of both comfort and familiarity for them. They're reminding themselves that you're safe and part of their happy family.

7. The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Most owners will be used to their cat bringing them an array of interesting presents. Often these gestures of love will be wet, cold, and have fur. Disgusting? Yes. But this is another unusual way that your cat expresses their fondness for you.

They wouldn't bring you these gifts if they didn't love you, so make sure you give them plenty of praise next time they drop a surprise at your feet (even if it is slightly nauseating one).


cat offering a goldfish and a love card as a gift

8. The Waltz

If your cat constantly attempts to dance in between your legs, this is likely a sign of true love. Rubbing up against another individual is how cats show affection. Similar to head-butting, they will leave their 'happy messages' on their chosen object of desire, claiming it as theirs. Essentially, if you were ever in doubt, your legs belong to them. If you cat does any of these you know they love you. If they do all of them, well then you should probably expect a Valentine’s Card!

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