Unlike dogs, who have many clear ways of expressing their feelings, cats are often more subtle or downright hard to read. But it doesn’t mean they don’t care.
Loud purringA purr can mean a number of things but there’s one unique signal, a full bodied rumble, that your kitty reserves for their one true love. Powerful purring also lowers cat’s heart rate helping them relax and enjoy feelings of contentment.
KneadingSmallkittens knead against their mother’s breasts to induce milk production. Experts believe that returning to this habit later means a cat is feeling nostalgic of their kittenhood and tries to relieve those happy moments. So the next time your kitty tries to knead you like you’re pizza dough, don’t think that they’re prepairing for a comfy nap. This is a sure sign of adoration. Accompanied by purring and an intense gaze it should be treated as an official declaration of undying love.
Twitching the tailYou can tell a lot by watching a cat’s tail. This mood sensor will puff up when the cat is agitated or scared, while a slight flipping of the tip signalises pleasure. If tail twitching occurs when your cat is around you, it’s a sign of utmost respect.
Licking your hair or earsIt is not often that humans recieve the high honour of a cat grooming session. But if you became one of those lucky mortals, it means that you’re deemed worthy to enter your cat’s inner circle. Welcome. Take a minute to process this. Grooming is one of the most obvious signs of your kitty’s friendship and affection.
Slow blinkingCats save eye contact for people they really know and trust. If the eye contact is accompanied by slow blinking consider yourself sort of ’kitty-kissed’. Try mimiking this behaviour to return the love.
Sharing nap timeFelines crave warm safe places to sleep, so if your furry friend decides to snuggle next to you or even on your lap, you should feel especially flattered. Cats are most vulnerable when they are asleep, and there is no greater compliment than being chosen as their snooze spot. Remember: your kitty coming to you at night to sit on your chest, face, or side also counts as your quality time together. So what if you’re asleep and not there to savour the moment?