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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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1:22PM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

"4". Am I doing something wrong? Or is it the kitty?

2:27AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

our cats exhibit all but the gifting. We don't allow them outdoors to help promote long lives.

12:26AM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

I'm so happy my beloved felines scored on all 10! The head bunting is especially hilarious in the morning! I grew up with all kind of animals (birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, etc) Animals - including cats - respond to the way they are treated. If you raise your cats with the solid four:
1) lots of affection and play;
2) a safe indoor environment with automatic litter box, scratch posts, cat condos/towers for them to climb up and hide/look out windows;
3) excellent, grain-free and varied nutrition; and
4) pain-free grooming that includes (conservative) claw clipping, coat grooming and teeth care-
you will have very happy, healthy and affectionate cats that runs to the door when you come home. Both of mine do and always have!

11:50PM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Thanks for writing this article:)

8:42PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Yep, it's official, I am loved by both my kitties.

11:49AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014


4:40AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

awesome :) :)

4:53AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

I don't have a pet of my own right now, but I visit my adult children and their families, who have both dogs and cats as pets. I look after them sometimes when they go on holidays and the cats and dogs all show affection to me. Health reasons prevent me from owning a pet, but I love all my kid's pets and they show they love me back! Just as I visit my grandchildren, I visit the pets! Love them all! : ) Animals are gentle and loving just as people should be.

3:02PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014


8:13AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you!

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