Confused about your Moggie’s body language and behavioural characteristics? Wondering if they like or hate you? We know it will be a delight to know your cat loves you, and these are 10 ways they can show it:
1. Exposing their stomachs
A cat’s belly is arguably its most vulnerable and sensitive body part and the most protected because it protects all its vital organs. Therefore when a cat rolls over and exposes its stomach, it shows it is very comfortable and trusting. However, things might change quickly if you reach for its stomach, and it might become instinctively defensive.
2. Purring and meowing when you are near
Purring and meowing are variations of a feline’s communications with humans. They mean different things and may be used to communicate pleasure or displeasure. A high-pitched meow and low purrs often mean your feline is happy with you and wants your attention and company, especially if it comes when you are stroking or rubbing them.
3. Bumping into you intentionally
Head bunting, cheek rubs, and other actions that get your feline cuddled up with you are a way of showing they love you and own you. This way, they get their scent on you, which is a way of saying you are part of the clan.
4, Kneading you
Cats knead by pushing with their front paws. Experts say it is a behaviour picked up from when they were kittens to remind them of the comfort they get from nursing. If your feline kneads on you, then it means they are pleased with you and sharing their scent with you.
5. Curving their tails when approaching you
A cat’s tail movement says a lot about how they feel. When your feline’s tail is straight up with a slight curve at the tip, it means they come in peace and feel calm and happy.
6. Staring directly into your eyes
Ordinarily, felines find direct eye contact threatening. But when they love you and are comfortable with you, they give you direct stares.
7. Slowly blinking at you
Coupled with staring directly at you, cats also blink slowly at you to communicate that you feel the same way; animal experts advise you to stare and very slowly blink at your cat also.
8. Grooming you
Cats groom (wash) as an innate hygiene method. Nonetheless, you should still invest in your cat’s hygiene by grooming them with professional tools from Mellowed Cats. A major way of showing affection for their humans, your cat will groom you by licking you, especially your hands and face. Behaviourists, however, point us to a caveat as your cat licking you might mean it has had enough of your attention and company.
9. Following you
You know your cat loves you when it follows you about. This behaviour communicates its comfort with your presence and its desire to be around you always.
10. Nibbling on you
See a cat’s nibbles as little cute love bites because that is how they see it.
What other way does your feline show that it likes you?