Some people think that cats aren’t quite as expressive as dogs, especially when it comes to letting their owners know how they feel. But the truth is that cats feel just as much affection for their humans as their canine counterparts, and they show it in incredible ways.
For instance, did you know that cats have their own vocabulary? It’s actually something every cat owner should be well-versed in. Here are 10 of the most common ways that your cat is trying to communicate with you every day. You just might be surprised once you learn what their “cat language” really means!
1. Cats knead things: There are many theories about why cats knead their paws into you and other random objects around your home. Many researchers can agree that they’re probably trying to return the affection you’re showing them. But…
That doesn’t mean they know how much their claws actually hurt! There are, of course, ways to get around the pain. For instance, the next time you’re sitting on your couch, create a cozy barrier between yourself and the cat by using a thick blanket.
2. Cats bring you dead animals from outside: Sure, it can be kind of gross when cats hunt and deliver dead critters right to your front door (or pillow, eek!), but they usually do it because they consider you as a part of their “pride.” There’s more!
Research suggests that, in doing this, your cat is trying to teach you how to catch your own prey. But that’s not something you should take as a compliment—they only do it because they believe you’re bad at hunting!
3. Cats rub up against you with their heads: When cats rub against you, they’re actually just marking you as one of their own using the concentrated scent glands that exist both in their cheeks and on their heads.
Many cat experts believe they do this primarily as a way to let other cats know they own you. So if you’re noticing other people’s cats steering clear of you whenever you’re around, now you know why. Paws off!
4. Cats stare blankly without blinking: A cat’s unending stare can be a little bit disconcerting at times, but try not to fret. First of all, they’re not really just staring. Their eyes are evolved to blink less frequently than ours. And…
It’s also suggested that a steady, soft gaze from your cat means that they simply feel safe and comfortable with you. So the next time you catch your cat looking in your direction, just know that you’re doing things right!
5. Cats roll over onto their bellies: Like most other animals, cats don’t really like to feel vulnerable. So if they roll over and present their belly to you, it’s a sign of unwavering trust. This clearly means that your cat thinks highly of you, but also…
When your cat rolls over on its belly it can also mean they feel protected and loved by you. Since going belly-up suggests vulnerability, that means they’re basically telling you they trust you enough to protect them from harm’s way.
6. Cats lift and curl the tips of their tails: Researchers have found that the positioning of your cat’s tail is a strong indicator of their overall mood. The higher they carry it, the more content and happy they are. But that’s not all…
When cats feel particularly affectionate, they’ve also been known to wrap their tails around their owners. So the next time that happens to you, try not to worry; they’re not attempting to wrestle you to the ground. They just want to say “I love you.”
7. Cats nibble on your fingers or clothes: You may notice that cats nip and nibble on you all the time, but it’s far from an aggressive gesture. In fact, mother cats do the same when they’re grooming their kittens.
Unfortunately, like many other signs of affection from your cat, they simply don’t realize what they’re doing could hurt you. It might be slightly painful—their teeth are sharp!—but doesn’t it make it feel better to know your cat is trying to tell you it loves you?
8. Cats rub against your legs: Much like when they rub against other parts of your body, cats will often bump into your legs with their heads. Research suggests this is done to mark you with their scent!
When you’re walking around your office or you’re in the presence of other cats, they will smell and know that you’re “taken.” So let your kitty run freely between your legs; it’ll make them feel so much better!
9. Cats purr: Have you ever wondered why your cat purrs in some moments and not in others? If you can get your cat to purr, it typically means that they’re very happy with you and with what you’re doing.
So keep on massaging your kitty under his chin! While you’re at it, you might as well scratch his back and give him plenty of treats, because he loves it—and you’re purrfect to him.
10. Cats follow you around: Sure, it may be annoying sometimes, but when your cat follows you absolutely everywhere in your home, it’s just a sign that she likes you and simply wants to be wherever you are.
A good way to determine whether this is what your kitty is doing is to test it out before and after you’ve fed her. If she still follows you after she’s eaten her meal, then you know for sure she just wants to be around you!
See? Cats aren’t really evil. They’re just kind of shy, awkward, and mysterious when it comes to expressing affection!
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