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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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4:03PM PST on Feb 28, 2015

I noticed something really interesting about my cat abou8t a week or so ago! She (my female) had a strange bubble for the longest time on the outside of her belly. (either some sort of cyst or fatty tumor..?0 yet by surprise it had disappeared, as I noticed it to be draining yet there was no blood or any major amount of fluid!) Yikes! So, I approached my kitty gently, and and took a look at it, and proceeded to :clean it up" and add an infection wound treatment on the area.
All the while, instead of my kitty yelping,.. she started to PURR and lick me! This seem to be the same interaction I got each time I treated her! I thought this was so unusual, yet I'm going to assume that she was thanking me, and loving me at the same time for caring for her!
Today,.. she's completely healed and more personable than she has been in months! More so,.. she's more affectionate and adorable than she been in years! All due to some tender loving care!

7:51AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

they love me ! :)

11:30PM PST on Feb 27, 2015

Very accurate, thanks for sharing.

12:48PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Frank, you say cats are evil....and you just keep getting more!! LOLOL!!

7:53AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Cats are still evil

Got a new kitten who's turning into a huge pain

The other 4 cats don't like his "exuberance"

7:48AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

10:50PM PST on Feb 15, 2015

Kitty loves me xoxo

5:28AM PST on Feb 10, 2015

thanks

6:42PM PST on Feb 8, 2015

Oh yes, my Pooh loved me and I him. He's been gone for a long time now, but I think of him often with a smile. Pooh, I hope you've been having a most wonderful time in Heaven. I'll be there with you before you know it, never to be separated again. Please tell the rest of the gang hello & I miss all of you very much!

4:27PM PST on Feb 6, 2015

I treat my cat like gold and he still hates me lol

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