We show our cats love by buying them toys, playing with them, petting them, and letting them cover our laps in fur. But our cats can be total weirdos when it comes to how they communicate they care. From purring to biting, these strange creatures have some funny ways of displaying their affection.
Let’s Start with Those Obvious Signs Your Kitty Cares
- Purring: The rumble in their tummy not only shows your cat is content but also that she is happy to have you around. Their little motor begins to rev, and the lovefest begins!
- Spikey Kisses and Grooming You: When your cat runs that rough little tongue across your cheek or your hand, she’s showing that you’re one with her. This is a way to share her scent and show that she trusts you enough to relax.
- Rolling Over: The most vulnerable cat, contrary to popular belief is not her ego—it’s her belly! When your cat rolls onto her back to show you her belly, it’s a deep sign of trust. While she still may kick and bat you if you try to rub her belly, you should be honored that you caught a glimpse of it.
- Head Bumps: When your kitty bumps heads with you, it’s a cute sign of affection. She’s putting her scent on you to let others know you’re spoken for and letting her guards down just a bit.
- Greeting with Cheek Rubs: When your cat rubs you from their nose to their ears, it’s a way for your cat to show she cares. Cats normally reserve this action for their closest feline friends.
Less Obvious (and Kind of Weird) Ways Your Cat Shows Affection
- Blink, Blink, Blink: Those slow blinks your cat does, often while purring, she’s letting you know that she trusts you to have her back.
- Biting and Nipping: Fun, playful little nips are a way for you to show she’s excited to be around you. Now, if your cat bites down hard, that’s a different story. Hard biting is rough play or saying she’s done getting pet.
- Stretching Out: The same as rolling over, your cat will stretch out and relax when she feels safe.
- Giving You the Honor of Their Tail: Cat tails are a great way to tell what your cat is thinking. If she rests her tail on you, she is in a placid mental state. Check out our article on cat body language to learn more about that tricky tail.
- Making Muffins: When your cat kneads the dough on you, it may seem like she’s trying to ruin your clothes, but she’s just super happy. This is a movement kittens use early on to get milk from their mommas, so this sweet little action is one of the deepest signs she loves you!
- Swirling Around Your Ankles: As your cat does figure-8s around your legs, she’s showing her devoting and excitement to see you.
- Sticking Her Rump in Your Face: This may be the weirdest one of all: having that stinky heiny shoved in your face. This is a way for your cat to check in with you and put herself in a vulnerable spot.
- Napping on You: Yes, even when your cat decides to nap on your or on your keyboard, she’s showing you she wants to spend time with you.
- Bringing You Less-Than Pleasant Gifts: Ever find a frog or mouse lying near your shoes, on the steps, or in the kitchen? That’s one heartfelt present from your cat! It may be gross to you but it’s one of the sweetest things she can think of.
- Trilling and Vocalizing: This is your cat celebrating your presence. Take it as a compliment.
How to Show Your Care Your Love Her Back
While your cat’s communication skills may seem strange, you can learn to take advantage by showing you love her too in her own unique way.
- Blink back at your cat.
- Spend quality time letting her nap on your lap
- Pet and groom your cat.
- Play, play, and play some more.
Our cats are funny creatures. They may not be able to write little love letters, but they do show their love in their own special way. So, keep your kitty content and the love will keep coming for years to come.
ViviPet at Catcon 2019
— Meow for now —