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The Top Six Signals Your Cat Gives to Tell You They Love You the Most

Cats are often portrayed as independent and aloof. To make things worse, there’s plenty of videos and website that stereotypically claim cats are uncaring and don’t need love.

Most cats are very lovable. Photo by stephen boisvert license CC 2.0 via Flickr

But if you have cats in your life you know that’s not true. Cats do love their share of privacy, but they also prefer to spend as much time with you as they can. Unlike dogs, they aren’t going to jump at the door when you come home. Cats actually have many ways that they tell us they love us but we may be missing their cues, CatsOnCatnip reports.

So how can you tell that your cat loves you?

Cats express affection in many ways, including:

Love bites

This cat is giving love bites. Photo by Stuart Rankin license CC NC 2.0 via Flickr

For kitties, love bites are definitely a way to show affection. Experts think that cats do this because it reminds them of being a kitten when their mother would lick them, IHeartCats reports. So if your kitty is biting you gently, it’s her way of saying you’re her family and you make her feel safe and secure.

Your cat hangs around where you hang out

Like this cat, hanging around on your keyboard, for instance. Photo by Travis Roberts, license NC SA 2.0 via Flickr

I can speak from experience on this one since I’ve loved kitties all my life and have shared my home with dozens of cats. Wherever I am, that’s where most of my cats are. I spend several hours writing each day and when I’m on the computer, at least two of my feline friends are on the table beside my keyboard, while another one is on the back of my chair. And if you have a cat you’ll never be alone in the bathroom.

Cats are creatures of habit, but they especially love following us to the bathroom because that’s where we use all kinds of intriguing potential cat toys to get ready for our day: there’s all that nice water from the sink, mirrors, the sound of the toilet flushing, and hairbands (which despite what many videos show are actually not safe for cats to play with). Cats like to eat hairbands and that can result in a medical emergency.

More ways to tell your cat loves you:

Kneading (making bread, making biscuits)

Like this sweet cat, enjoying a sunny day. Photo by Byron Chin license CC NC SA 2.0 via Flickr

We don’t really know why cats do this, but it’s thought that cats do this when they are feeling happy or content, LiveScience reports. If your cat is doing this she may be remembering being a kitten and kneading her mother while nursing. Some people also think cats do this to soften up their bedding before sleep. Either way, cats usually do this when they are feeling safe and secure.

Your cat purrs

When I go to bed at night my sweet kitty Lily snuggles up right beside me, and the purrs begin. Cats often do this when they are feeling happy, Purina notes, but sometimes they also purr for other reasons. And it’s good to take note of this when they do.

Purring can also be a sign of pain or distress and your cat may be using this as a sort of self-comforting behavior. If your cat is purring but not acting comfortable or snuggling with you, it may be time for a trip to the vet.

The nose boop (or kitty kiss)

Looks like this kitty is coming in for a nose boop. Photo by clarissa rossarola license CC NC SA 2.0 via Flickr

Sometimes our cats like to “kiss” or “boop” us on the nose with their nose and this is their way of showing affection, Senior Cat Wellness reports. The cat might follow this up with a gentle head butt.

Your cat gives you the slow blink

The slow blink is a cat’s way of saying “I love you.” Photo by MRHSfan license CC NC ND 2.0 via Flickr

When your cat blinks at you slowly from a distance, it’s her way of telling you she feels content, relaxed, and happy. And you can definitely consider that a compliment. This is your cat’s true way of kissing you and you can respond in kind by holding her eye contact and slowly blinking back. If your kitty is feeling affectionate she’ll continue to respond in kind.

Cats have many different ways to show their love and I’m always grateful to my kitties because they offer me so much love all the time. If you have a cat in your life, consider yourself lucky, because they are truly wonderful friends.

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