It is said that dogs are man’s best friends but it is also true that those who assert have most probably never owned a cat. Because hey, these felines, though proud and arrogant have been known to give the certain sense of calm that dog never has and cannot ever give.
What makes this sense of calm more interesting is the fact that cats are generally, pretty small animals and yet have an awe-inspiring ability to appear bossy and in charge (I’m yet to figure out what exactly they are in charge of!)
Now, cats are rather quiet animals, probably that is one of the reasons they seem quite commanding and they are not quite as vocal and expressive as dogs are when it comes to letting their owners know how they feel about them. Anyone who has heard both a bark and meow can attest to this fact!
Of course, if one has heard both animal cries, one has occasionally heard sounds that connote aggression and frustration like the growl and screech from the dog and the cat respectively, for example when one inadvertently prances upon a tail. But these are seldom heard from domesticated animals.
Just because the cat is not as expressive in letting its feelings known does not mean that it does not ever show love, instead, these furry creatures have other ways of letting humans know how they feel and what responses they expect. Quite obviously, these responses are very different from any of the actions humans perform.
So do not be disconcerted that your cat never shows you any affection and is always in preference of its own company as this article you are about to get fully into will totally prove you otherwise and demystify your earlier assumptions. In fact, it will leave you all the more sensitive and alert to random acts from your favorite pet.
Believe it or not, cats actually know how to say ‘I love you’ but this they do, in their own way. And it is entirely strange to the uninitiated. Worry not though, you too shall be rubbing shoulders with the initiated in the next few paragraphs. All you have to do is stay put.
Read below and see exactly how your hairy pals have been professing their love to you after all this time – most often of which it had gone unrequited. Now you will know exactly how to respond and when to promptly do so.
Anyone who has ever owned a cat is familiar with that eerie sight of the secretive creature sinking its paws into cushions of the sofa or even a mattress – and then of course, when on one’s lap. And there are many theories about why cats knead their paws into you. Many researchers actually agree that often times, the creatures are trying to return affection that you are showing to them. Only that, they have no idea that their claws actually hurt.
Cats often knead their mother’s bellies when they are kittens in order to coax more breast milk from the nipples. Adult cats sometimes continue the kneading behavior when they are feeling ultimately relaxed, contented and loved. And more often than not, this happens when they have been sat on their owners’ laps and are being petted. Kneading to them is simply an expression of adoration.
Next time this happens, please imagine yourself lying on your bare back on a masseuse’s table and enjoying the tender inward and outward rubbing motions of smooth clawless palms – hope that helps!
Bringing dead animals
Cats being secretive are universally known for hiding all sorts of things including their fecal matter and even dead or severely weakened prey. Sure, it is kind of gross when these shifty paws bring dead animals into the house but they only do so because they consider you family – and they hope that you can also be inspired and learn how to catch prey.
And by the way, the cats do not even realize that these creatures they ferry actually smell foul to you or that humans do not look for things hidden in hard to reach parts of the house using their noses.
In the wild, a mother cat will teach its young how to eat their food by bringing home dead or injured prey. And that is exactly the case when it comes to your pet cat.
However, in the modern age, many female pet cats have been spayed – but their motherly instinct is still alive. As they do not have any young ones to pass their hunting tricks to, their much-loved owners present the much-needed recipients of such ‘abundant knowledge’.
So the next time you are treated to a dead bird on your doorstep carefully wrapped in the door mat, be not vexed. Just bear in mind that your cat is simply acting out its natural role as a mother and a teacher – and as its owner, you are the surrogate family.
Have you ever entered a room and probably taken a seat only to feel something forcefully brush its head or whiskers against the pleats of your trousers or even against your bare legs? Well, quite a number of people are taken aback in mock horror, especially when the action is unfamiliar. Those who know it too well instead express concern about getting the fur stuck to their clothes.
When cats rub their heads against you, they are in essence marking you as one of their own with the concentrated scent glands in their cheeks and heads, Congratulations, it means you are now family!
When the cat cheek-rubs you, head-bumps your face or pushes against you, it is leaving a scented signature. This behavior which is recognized as bunting is another way for cats to express their affection towards cats, dogs and of course, you.
Next time it happens, please do not fret. It is not an itch caused by a tick requiring scratching but merely an expression of fondness – so return the warmth already!
Any fashion savvy person has heard of cat eyes shades, precisely called so because of their distinct shape that gradually tapers as the outside of the eye, further from the nose, is approached. Away, from the fashion industry into the animal world, the real thing isn’t as exciting. It actually is unnerving!
When confronted with an unwavering elliptical pupil set in unblinking eyes, the cat’s ‘stare’ can prove to be overwhelmingly disconcerting. But then again, fret ye not!
First of all, they are not really starting. Their eyes are evolved to blink less frequently than ours and to see almost perfectly with the least light. But more than that, a steady soft gaze means that they feel safe and comfortable with you.
Cats do in fact love with their eyes. And while it might seem that the pet is staring intently at you, you should bear in mind that cats’ eyes are considerably larger than those of humans, when compared with the size of the head.
What’s more, starring as it appears to you, is hugely important to a cat’s survival, especially in the wild. A cat which has wide open eyes when looking at a human is expressing great love and abounding trust. In addition, a slow eye blink from across the room is considered to be a ‘cat kiss’.
Like most creatures, cats do not like to make themselves vulnerable. Little wonder the first position a cat will assume, irrespective of how it finds itself hoisted, will be in the supine, that is to say, spine up – belly down. Anyone foolish enough to have attempted to tickle one can attest to how fiercely a cat will guard its inner belly.
Therefore, if a cat rolls over for you and presents its belly to you, take this as a sign of unwavering trust.
When a cat throws itself on the ground at your feet and rolls over on its back with its tender tummy stretched out in front of you, it is either giving you a greeting of love or seeking your fawning attention. Presenting their tummy to you in this eagle spread posture obviously, leaves the cat in a particularly vulnerable position so cats only do this around people whom they love and trust.
The elevated butt
Make no mistake, cats also have butts. Otherwise, how would they be able to assume a haunch position which they normally do when expecting something, usually from a human being at a higher elevation.
So, firstly, an elevated butt position with their tails upturned is another way for a cat to attract special attention. It has not necessarily got anything to do with the need to go number two.
Your cat’s tail is a strong indicator of their mood. The higher they carry it, the more content and happy they are. And if they are feeling really affectionate, they will wrap it around you.
Cats also signal their love when they approach you with their tail held up straight, and the ends sometimes called the switch, tipped over. Kittens, playful as they are, also use this pose to greet their mother who responds by petting them. Thus when adult cats do this, it indicates that they see their owner as mother too. In the same vein, therefore, cats greet their favorite humans with their tails ‘flagged’ high in respect.
Nip and Nibble
Tame cats are known to nip and nibble at humans all the time but this is far removed from anything to do with aggression. Cats are seen to do the same when grooming their kittens so it is much more likely that they think of humans with the same affectio
They can occasionally give you a nip or a nibble in order to communicate with you. It is the cat’s natural instinctive drive that encourages them to give you those little nips, particularly when they are feeling excited or over stimulated. They may also choose to engage in this type of behavior when they are experiencing a strong bonding moment.
Run and Rub
It is not strange for anyone who has ever been around cats or had a cat for a pet to have almost tripped over these furry solitary mammals. Cats have this strange penchant of running too close across people’s feet but as is with most of their mannerisms, there is not too much to worry about. This is especially so with kittens.
When a cut runs through your legs and rubs its head against you, they are often greeting you. On top of that, head rubbing is also a way for the cat to mark their scent on you, a sure sign of affiliation. These kinds of affiliation behavior allow the cat to maintain a connection within a group of individuals. As the cat is able to mark its people and its environment then group them together with the same scent.
Did you know that cats never purr with one another but only to humans? Evidently then, purring is one of the most common ways for a cat to show you affection. Whenever a cat purrs, it is expressing its delight and happiness that it is in your presence. And more than anything else, it is showing you that it is contented. Some veterinary doctors have even compared a cat’s purring to smiling amongst human beings.
If you can get your cat purring, it means they are very happy with what you are doing to them, act on that cue and proceed with whatever it happens to be you were doing. The universe will be better for it!
Following after people
It may be annoying sometimes, but when your cat follows you absolutely everywhere from room to room, it is just a sign that they like you and want to be where you are.
Do not be irritated by the fact that your cat follows you all around your house. Instead, you should take this as a compliment. A cat which follows its owner everywhere is simply a cat which enjoys your company and wants to spend as much time with you as possible.
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