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10 Signs Your Kitty Actually Loves You

10 Signs Your Kitty Actually Loves You
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Editor’s Note: This post is a Care2 Favorite, brought back by popular demand. It was originally published on July 25, 2013. Enjoy!

Ever wondered if your kitty really loves you?

From finicky to feisty, our feline friends aren’t always the easiest to read. Unlike dogs who make their affection for us loud and clear, cats have far less obvious ways of communicating how they feel.

If you want to discover just how much your cat cares about you, then check out these 10 signs of true love:

1. Head butting. If a person were to do it to you, then you’d have a pretty good idea of what they were trying to tell you, but with a cat it’s a whole different story. To be on the receiving end of what is actually known in the cat world as ‘head bunting‘ is a very special privilege indeed. During this exchange your cat deposits facial pheromones that represent their feelings of trust and safety they have with you.

2. Powerful purrs. Cats purr for all sorts of reasons, but there is one unique full bodied rumble that your kitty saves exclusively for their true love. Purring also lowers your kitty’s heart rate and helps them to relax and exhibit feelings of contentment.

3. Love bites. If your cat is a chronic nibbler, then chances are they’ve got a thing for you. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between a love bite and a regular cat bite, one hurts and the other tickles! Nibbling isn’t a common sign of love, but when a cat employs it, they’re trying to say “you’re awesome.”

4. Tail twitching. You can tell a lot by looking at a cat’s tail. Just as their tails puff out when they get scared or agitated, their tail will twitch at the very tip when they are feeling bliss. If you notice this action when your cat approaches you, then you can be sure that they think you rock their world.

5. Tummy up. When your cat throws itself on the floor and starts rolling around, they are trying to get your attention. Cats only show their tummies voluntarily to those they can trust. Feeling safe means a lot to a cat, so when they sprawl out in front of you, this is a sign that they feel loved and protected.

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9:02AM PDT on Oct 4, 2015

My kitty loves to have me rub her tummy. I really believe that she loves me.

6:06AM PDT on Oct 3, 2015

My cat Lillie and I were Soul Mates. She comforted me when my Husband died, by putting her paw on my face and looking at me and then putting her head on my shoulder. She was by me everywhere I went in the house, she would start to purr loudly every time she saw me, she rode on my walker seat when I was recovering from surgery, she rode on my Robot vacuum cleaner, she hung her paws in the bath tub when I bathed, she kissed me and made me laugh every day. I loved her like a child and grieve for her still. Cats are AWESOME LOVING creatures and if I ever saw one mistreated-- the Wrath of Mother Nature would pale compared to my fury..

2:12AM PDT on Sep 30, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting and useful article that I save as a pdf to translate it for my close people to understand better how their kitties love them !
We are lucky to share à Love story with à cat ! They're holy creatures and more we know them, more we learn how wonderful they are!
Blessings for everyone.
Animals always included of course !

11:35PM PDT on Sep 29, 2015

Abigail... all of the above and then some! I pray I may always be worthy!

2:30AM PDT on Sep 29, 2015

lovely article. i'm so happy them love bite nibbles mean she thinks i'm awesome :-) here's my way of telling them I love them back....please feel free to help if you can :-) x

5:08AM PDT on Aug 22, 2015

Thank you

8:56AM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

I love my kitties!

9:43PM PDT on Aug 20, 2015

I look after some cats when their owners are away, I get head butts, kneading, grooming, loud purrs and a spot for naps! Love you Emmie, Sky, Mikka and Shadow!

1:01PM PDT on Aug 14, 2015

I love my cats!

8:05AM PDT on Aug 10, 2015

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