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How do cats show affection?
Movies helped to promote the myth that cats are cold and angry. However, cats do show affection in their own way.
If you’ve wondered how your cat is trying to tell you they love you this article will help you. I’ll show you the 7 different ways cats communicate affection.
How Do Cats Show Affection?
1. Raised Tails Are a Sign of Affection in Cats
A cat may even wrap its tail around you to show it wants to interact with you.
I’ve found my cat also quivers his tail if I’m ready to give him food. So, your cat might be happy to see you – or your tasty treats.
2. Exploration Is a Sign of Affection in Cats
If your cat is happy, it may go exploring.
Although this seems unusual, it makes sense. One sign of security is for the cat to wander off to go exploring. Cats want to learn more about the world around them, and exploration is a sign of comfort.
In a similar way to infants and dogs, cats can also form secure relationships with their owners.
In a cat’s language, this house exploration is a sign it’s part of the family.
3. Headbutts Are a Sign of Affection in Cats
Ever get bumped by your frisky feline?
Be aware of if your cat presses its head against a surface and starts making unusual howling sounds. This may show pain and be worth checking in with the vet.
Check out my article on the signs of pain to learn more.
4. Staring Is a Sign of Affection in Cats
Cats may communicate their connection to you through their longing gaze.
Research demonstrates that cats are able to respond to and follow gaze up to 70% of the time. A relaxed cat shows non-dilated pupils. Slow blinking shows affection and is a subtle way of showing affection.
Research has shown that owners who slow blink with strong eye contact are more likely to get a cat to respond and approach.
5. Purring Is a Sign of Affection in Cats
Other areas may be sensitive for a cat. Their tails and body areas near the belly are spots where your cat might not be so comfortable.
Another thing kittens and adult cats do is they love to start kneading with their paws. This happens with purring and is a sign your pet is showing its affection whilst on your bed.
Kneading is something young cats learn early in life. Learned as a kitten, they knead their mother’s teat to stimulate milk secretion.
6. Presenting Gifts Is a Sign of Affection in Cats
Has your cat ever walked up at your backdoor with a present (e.g. a dead mouse)?
This unusual behavior may be part of the complex evolution between humans and cats. Cats seemed to become popular with humans due to their ability to dispose of common pests, research suggests.
Then again, this sign of affection may be more a case of “I want to make myself useful to share this world with you”. It might be another form of kitty companionship – if a little strange.
7. Grooming Is a Sign of Affection in Cats
Does your cat start licking your hand?
This could be a sign of affection, as a cat’s mother will groom their babies.
Grooming is also a survival mechanism to clean young kittens from debris.
It is up for debate, but the grooming may show comfort and care for the owner.
If you notice a change in your cat’s grooming behavior, it might be worth visiting the vet. Grooming too often may lead to hairballs forming in the intestines. This may lead to your cat’s dry heaving.
Check out my article on dry heaving to learn more.
So are cats affectionate creatures? Maybe.
While cats aren’t as vocal with humans as dogs they do have their ways of showing affection.
Cats show affection with grooming, head bunting, and purring. Or they’re just being loud.