Give Me Some Cat Love: 10 Ways Your Cat Says “I Love You!”
The day of hearts is coming. While this day is often targeted at and much celebrated by happy couples, it’s actually a great day to shower all your loved ones with affection, your fine feline buddies included. After all, they are likely telling you “I love you” every day. Yes, they do, and today, you’ll learn just how they show you some cat love.
How Do Cats Show Love?
Cats are very much like humans. Some like to openly sing their love every moment possible while others let their actions do the talking. While each cat is unique, most of them show cat love through the following:
You sit down beside your cat, and suddenly, you hear a low roaring sound coming from her. It’s as if a mini-engine is stuck in her chest and is now getting ignited. Don’t be alarmed! She’s just purring to tell you she feels utmost comfort with you beside her.
I Knead You
When they were wee little babies, your cats had to jam their paws into their mama’s belly to get their daily dose of milk. It was not only a time for feeding but also bonding with their parent. While a few outgrow this mannerism, some continue to knead on objects and people that bring them warm fuzzy feelings. So if your cat kneads on you, that means she’s giving you some cat love.
We have already established that cats are clean freaks, but do you know that they like licking not just themselves but others, too? Your cat doesn’t see you bathe (i.e., lick yourself). So once you have bonded, she will take it upon herself to make you sparkly clean by licking you all over with her coarse tongue.
A Gift for You
After a restful night, you wake up energized and then horrified after seeing a dead rodent or bug near the bed or your doorstep. You scream, and all the while, kitty looks at you with a confused expression. “I brought you a present. You didn’t like it?” That’s what kitty thinks. Yes, she’s showing you some cat love with a carefully-thought present, even though personally, you don’t want to get anywhere near it.
Give Me a Head-butt
You’re trying to work, watch a movie, or get some much-needed Zzzzs when you cat comes and begins bonking you with her tiny head. You wonder, “Has she gone crazy?” Nope. She just wants to say “I love you” by marking you with the scents released from her forehead and cheeks. This cat behavior is actually called "bunting."
In the jungle where everyone is an enemy waiting to pounce on you, a cat showing her belly means only means she’s surrendering. You two aren’t in the jungle, but the meaning behind the action remains. If she plops down and proceeds to roll over and expose her tummy, she trusts you with her weakness—which is probably also your weakness because who can resist the allure of a fluffy belly?
Here’s the Butt
Unless it’s a doctor who needs to examine your health, you probably won’t be willing to show your butt to anyone. It’s the same for your cat. So don’t be mad if she walks in front of you and present you with her butt. Remember: she just loves you too much. Also, she’d appreciate if you scratch the base of her tail.
People say dogs are loyal because they follow you wherever you go, but those people must have not seen cats in love with humans. Like many dogs, cats actually love to follow humans—in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom. They will even slither around your legs as you walk, making you trip several times.
As you lie comfortably on the couch or the bed, your cat comes for snuggles. Being the ever-loving human, you oblige, but in a matter of seconds, kitty goes loco and begins gnawing at you. Calm down! She’s not trying to eat you. She’s just showing you some cat love. Yes, those little friggin’ fangs hurt, but they won’t tear through the skin. Kitty just believes that sometimes, you need some tough love.
This is perhaps the most subtle way cats say “I love you.” They generally start with a soul-sucking stare and then, as you begin to get chills, ever so slowly close their eyes in a blink. She probably looks sleepy at this moment, but no, she’s seriously and sincerely telling you how much she loves you.
Now, how many of the above actions have your cat done in the past few days? See, your cat loves you! So don’t be shy. Return the favor with a nice treat, some relaxing belly rubs, or thrilling games with her favorite cat toy this coming Valentine’s day. Don't forget to learn more about your cat's behavior by understanding the cat body language.
Have you noticed other ways your cat says “I love you”? Be sure to share your thoughts and experience with us in the comment section below!