Love is in the air! Although cats don't tell us 'I love you' straight to our face, they show their love in their own way. In order to recognize and appreciate these messages from your cat, we have collected the following 5 signs that your cat loves you, so make sure to read on.
1. Your Cat Purrs Around You
Oh, how we love the sound of purrs when we stroke a cat, isn't that right? Even if a cat is just sitting next to us on the couch, it sometimes purrs without even being touched.
It has been proven that cats mainly purr because they feel comfortable, content and simply happy in their present situation. For a cat, this means that you don't pose a threat but instead are a nice environment to be in. Although this may seem trivial, it is something that you should be happy about, because cats don't feel comfortable around everybody.
Only a person that they have gotten to know over some time, that emits positive vibes and is familiar in terms of scent is accorded the honor of a nice, long purr next to him or her. That may not be a definite love sign for everybody, but it sure is the first step towards a deep love between the cat and the human.
For cats, if they don't purr next to you, they don't love you. Period.
2. Your Cat Gets Your Presents
Your cat probably has a secret stash of favorite things somewhere hidden around the house. If it truly feels like you are worthy and a friend, in rare ocassions, it will head out and hand you over one of its items to you as a gift!
Now this may seem very odd but mind you that these items are super precious to your cat. It is regularly updating and cherishing her stash, so receiving a gift in the form of a plastic cap should make your heart melt!
Needless to say that in order for you to be applicable to receive a gift like that, it must really, REALLY like you. These items are the most valuable thing your cat possesses, and your cat really hangs on to them. At least if it is mostly a house cat. If not however...
...and it goes out into nature quite frequently, your cat probably got around to leaving you a dead mouse or bird on the floor. While that is not a pleasing thing to look at, it's a gift and a pure act of love!
So, the next time your cat leaves something on the floor for you, be it a dead mouse or a simple plastic cap, appreciate the gift and go cuddle your cat!
3. Your Cat Follows You Around
If you love somebody, you like to spend with him or her. The same applies to cats when the love humans: If your cat has positive feelings for you, it wants to see what you are doing and how you are feeling, hence following you around through the house.
This doesn't mean it will permanently sit on your shoulder though. Cats love to observe from a save distance and simply sit there looking at you. This may be weird for us humans, simply staring at your partner from 3 meters distance, but it's definitely how cats like to do it.
Therefore, don't close the doors behind you. Instead, let your cat follow you around as it pleases. It's a nice thing to know that it is doing that because of the affection it feels for you, isn't it?
4. Your Cat Kneads You
While it's still not entirely proven why exactly cats knead, it's an established scientific belief that when it comes to kneading their humans, they are doing it to express affection.
Now as you can see in the video above, a cat sometimes does use a little bit of claws here and there, so it's understandably hard to enjoy the kneading. Bearing the kneading when raising a small kitten is no problem, but it's different with an adult cat. Unless it really hurts, don't stop it though!
Imagine your partner giving you a nice, heartful massage and you are jumping away while screaming - doesn't really inspire sweet acts of love in the future, does it? So, don't hurt your cat's feelings and endure the pain for a bit. Your cats loves you and that's just how they interact with you if that's the case. Don't stop it from doing so.
5. Your Cat Headbutts You
Cats usually headbutt people and other animals in order to bond and socialize with them. This means that you are actually worth socializing with - yey!
But it actually goes a little bit beyond that: Since cats used to be predators in the past, they were always on the lookout for prey, but also for enemies. Obviously, the act of headbutting is very dangerous in the wild, since it makes the cat vulnerable to attacks.
This is why cats only headbutt people or animals whom they dearly trust, thus making you a trustful person from your cat's perspective!
So if a cat headbutts you, it trusts you, feels comfortable around you and wants to bond with you. That comes pretty close to the definition of love, doesn't it?
When looking at the behavioral habits of cats, there are several things cats generally only do while in a comfortable, calm environment.
If you are with her and your cat can ease up around you, purr, have a quick nap and hand you over a gift afterwards, it likes you a lot. Adding acts of love like kneading and headbutting, you are definitely being loved!
This wraps up today's blog post where we talked about the 5 signs that your cat loves you. We hope you liked the blog post just as much as you cat like you. Please make sure to stick around for our other blog posts.
Have a great day and talk to you soon,
Nicole and Robert