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8 Surprising Ways Cats Express Their Love

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Cats, unlike dogs, do not greet their owners with wagging tails and sloppy kisses, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about us. They simply express their feelings more subtly.

To decipher their secret codes, all that is required is a basic understanding of feline body language.

Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll notice that your cat is constantly trying to tell you how much they love you.

Only You Have My Attention

A cat’s intense stare can make some people feel uneasy, but this should not be the case.

Cats are simply not afraid to make eye contact with those they adore. If your cat’s saucers are fixed on you while snuggled up on your lap, this is their way of saying ‘I love you.’ Weird, we know, but the look of love.

We’re All Kneading for Love

Cats display affection in a variety of unusual ways. One peculiar manifestation of their affection is kneading, also known as “making biscuits.”

As kittens, felines learn to knead from their mothers. If your cat massages you with their paws, they are showing you affection in the same way that they would with their mother. What could be a more heartfelt expression of affection?

Take it as a compliment the next time your cat gently kneads your tummy while you’re trying to watch your favorite TV show. And remember, it’s not kitty’s fault if there’s a little too much claw. Simply trim their nails to make it a more pleasurable experience.

Personal and up close

Some cats dislike physical contact, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want your company. If your cat follows you from room to room (and it’s not feeding time), it’s because it wants to be near you. Similar to your own fluffy little shadow.

As lovely as this expression of love is, it also means you’ll never have to go to the bathroom alone again.

Purr As If You Mean It

A cat’s purr can convey a range of emotions, from delight to concern.

When and where the purr occurs is therefore critical in determining whether it is a loving purr. If your cat’s purrs are soft and in your presence, such as when they’re curled up on your lap, this is a pretty good indication that they’re in love with you. Purring with your eyes closed is your cat’s way of saying, “I ADORE YOU.”

In the midst of luxury

Cats have a reputation for being champion nappers, capable of sleeping in virtually any position. However, this does not mean they are not picky about where they sleep.

When it comes to choosing these resting spots, they have some ground rules. What is the most important? Making certain that it is secure. So, if your cat chooses to sleep with you, around you, or on you, this is a sign that they trust and love you. You’re like a huge comfort blanket for kitty.

A Kiss Seals the Deal

Head-butting, also known as bunting, may appear to be an unusual way of expressing affection, but it is essentially a kitty kiss.

Your cat’s cheeks and heads contain glands that release ‘happy messages.’ When your cat nuzzles their face against you, they are marking you with their scent. This scent provides them with both comfort and familiarity. They’re reminding themselves that you’re safe and that you’re a part of their happy family.

The Gift That Never Ends

Most owners are accustomed to their cat bringing them a variety of interesting gifts. These loving gestures are frequently wet, cold, and furry. Disgusting? Yes. However, this is yet another unusual way for your cat to express their affection for you.

They wouldn’t bring you these gifts if they didn’t love you, so make sure you lavish them with compliments the next time they leave a surprise at your feet (even if it is slightly nauseating).


If your cat is constantly trying to dance between your legs, this is a sign of true love. Cats express affection by rubbing up against another person. They will leave ‘happy messages’ on their chosen object of desire, claiming it as theirs, similar to head-butting. In essence, if you’re ever in doubt, your legs are theirs. If your cat does any of these things, you can be sure they adore you. If they complete all of them, you should probably expect Valentine’s Card!