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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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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!

10:49PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Our Mimi loves my husband the most yet I'm the one that feeds her and plays with her :)

5:07AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

merci Abigael, j'ai aimé

8:03AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

I know my 4 rescue cats love me back. I love them always and forever. 🐱🐱🐱🐱

1:28PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

I'm allergic to cats but they're so cute >.

7:25AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014


2:22PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

My boy kitty loves me - he displays all of these behaviors except for gift giving because he's an indoor kitty.

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