Cats can't speak out loud, but they are constantly trying to find ways to communicate with us, including showing us love. Whether a cat is meowing because she’s hungry, or pawing at your legs because she wants attention, she finds ways to let you know exactly what she is thinking.
While you can't read their mind, cats are constantly trying to show you and tell you that they love you- despite what a lot of people think when they think of an evil, plotting cat. Here are the top 10 ways your cat shows you love every day!
1. Kneading Your Legs
Kneading is when your cat uses their paws to push in and out against a soft surface, such as your lap. This is one of the main ways your cat tries to say “I love you.” If your cat is kneading your lap while you’re petting her, she’s returning the affection and telling you he loves you right back. Sometimes this can be quite painful since they are using their claws to paw at your body, so we recommend putting a thick blanket or padding in between you two.
2. Bringing You a Present
You may be familiar with your cat bringing you presents, such as toys or small, dead animals. This is your cat’s way of showing love. Cats show love by gifting little items. Outdoor cats that catch everything from toys to bugs, mice or frogs, often share the catch with those they love. Kitties who present you with this prize deserve praise.
3. Head-Rubbing You
Cats have secret glands concentrated on certain parts of their bodies, including their cheeks and heads. When your kitty rubs her head or face against you, she’s marking you with her scent and claiming you as part of her family group. This is a way to ultimately show that your kitty really cares for you and is telling you she loves you.
4. Staring Into Your Eyes
Staring at you and slowly blinking is a way in which your cat shows you great affection. This is the easiest display of love by your cat for you to understand. If your kitty first stares at you, then blinks, then opens his eyes wide, then slowly blinks a second time, he’s telling you he loves and trusts you.
5. Showing Their Belly
When a cat rolls over on her back and shows you her belly, she's telling you she loves and trusts you. Like most animals, cats do not show their stomachs to just anyone. If your cat rolls over on its back to give you a flash of that fuzzy belly, this is an indication that they feel comfortable around you.
6. Curving the Tip of Their Tail
The tail can actually be an easy way to measure how your cat feels about you. Kitties express happiness by fluffing out the base of their tails and simultaneously, holding up their tails straight up with a slight curve at the top.
7. Nipping You
Although sometimes it hurts, don’t get mad when your cat nips you! This show of love from your kitty can prove to be a bit painful, but your cat really doesn’t understand her love bite isn’t always pleasant for you. They are simply trying to show affection and is often how other cats are playful and affectionate with each other.
8. Rubbing Against Your Legs
When your cat just can’t seem to get enough of your legs, that is likely a sign of true love. Rubbing against another creature or item is how cats show affection. If your kitty rubs up against your leg, she’s putting her scent on you as a way of claiming you as her own. This is similar to head rubbing and a great way to bond with your kitty.
You've heard your kitty purr millions of times, but little did you know that purring is an excellent sign for expressing love. Cats love with purrs. Her purrs can mean a variety of things, mostly from delight, but sometimes with expressions of concern. Purrs can range from a light, soft purr to a low, strong truck motor purr. The stronger the purr, the happier the kitty!
10. Following You Around
If your cat can’t seem to get enough of your company, you know you have a loving connection. If your feline friend follows you from room to room, jumps onto tables and counters to be near you, and always seems to be right where you step, she clearly enjoys your company.