Cats are often mistaken to be unaffectionate, which is not true. Dogs have explicit ways of expressing their affection and when you have a cat and a dog in the house, you may assume that your dog loves you more than the cat. Well, this may not be the case. Generally, dogs express their affection with their bounding body language, especially their slobbery tongue when kissing their owners. Cats, on the other hand, are more subtle. Your cat may not wag its tail like your other pet, but this does not mean it hates you. They will express their love in subtle ways, so don’t assume the bond is less strong. This article showcases exactly how cats show love to humans.
Ways Your Cat Will Show Affection
You may notice your cat wandering around when you are around. They may move from one room to another or just relax in a different room. It’s easy to take this as a sign of disinterest and assume your cat doesn’t care whether you are in the house. The truth is, cats explore more and interact with their surrounding when they are relaxed and feel comfortable in someone’s presence. So, while you may think they are avoiding you, the message is they are comfortable where you are. Let’s check the other ways how cats show love to humans.
1. Head Butts And Cheek Rubs
Cheek rubbing and headbutting are social behaviours learnt and expressed from kitten-hood. They are ways cats build bonds and they also extend it to humans they like. Cats mingle scents when they love a creature. Headbutting and cheek rubbing I one way they do this so when your cat does this, they are simply saying “I love you”.
Cats are very hygienic and enjoy grooming. That’s why they allow humans to comb or even brush their teeth. As you groom them, you get time to bond, so never underestimate the act of combing your cat. Cats tend to extend the same courtesy to owners they like, so when they use their tongue to lick you, just know it’s a way of showing some love.
3. Body Language
Body language, especially the tail language, is how pets like cats show their love. Often, cats will wind their tail through their legs or just sit close, so the tail touches you when they swing. A happy cat will have its tail positioned upright with a simple curve at the top to tell you they are happy to see you. Again, when your cat is comfortable enough to let you rub its belly, just know it’s a sign of trust and affection.
You may have noticed your cat running to the door immediately you open it with a lot of meowing. Such a cat is trying to communicate and express how happy they are you are home.
Since your cat can’t say “I love you”, he will use any vocalization to communicate. Purring is a sign of contentment and pleasure. Your cat will do it when in close contact, like during stroking. However, this does not just mean your cat is having a good time. As much as it might be they are trying to say don’t stop, there is some I love you in that purring.
6. Eye Contact
While eye contact may be uncomfortable to humans, cats express love through eye contact. Actually, some cats will look at you with eyes half-closed and blink repeatedly while maintaining eye contact. This is a way of showing some love.
Cats are very interesting animals. In fact, it’s because of this that people love them as pets. It’s not just the owners who show love to them as cats also have their way of expressing some love. Just that they express their love differently, this does not mean your cat doesn’t love you.