by Britanie Leclair, Animal Channel
When it comes to body language, dogs are pretty easy to decode. But cats? Cats can be a bit more mysterious. To help you out, here are 9 ways to tell if your cat really truly loves you.
The most obvious sign that your cat adores you is purring. Although cats can purr when they feel threatened or nervous, if your cat is relaxed beside you and purring up a storm, then you can be assured it probably loves you.
Another tell-tale sign of your cat's devotion is kneading. According to Catster, kneading originates from birth when your kitty stimulated its mama for milk. "In later life," they explain, "kneading signifies contentment, pleasure and adoration, especially if accompanied by drooling." So, if your kitty is always kneading at you when you cuddle, you are most definitely loved.
Although they can be unexpected, Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, a vet at Chico Hospital for Cats, says love bites are actually a form of communication. Although your cat may nip when she feels overstimulated or excited, Care explains, "She may also be driven to engage in this behavior in moments when she feels a strong sense of bonding."
Following and Lingering
If you furry feline follows you around like a shadow, then there's a good chance that she really loves you. According to Catster, this type of behavior shows your cat is interested and wants to be where you are. Even cats who aren't usually affectionate can express love just by "being there for you", they explain.
Fluttering Blinks (Or "Kitty Kisses")
In the wild, closing your eyes around another animal is the ultimate sign of trust, contentedness, and affection. If your kitty stares at you and blinks slowly (also called fluttering blinks), then she's expressing that she loves and trusts you more than anything.
Bringing You Presents
Most cat owners have received an... interesting gift from their cat. The practice seems to be more common with spayed female cats because, in the wild, mama cats teach their kittens how to hunt and get food. LiveScience explains, "By leaving a dead animal on the back porch, your cat is acting out its natural role as mother and teacher. You, her loving owner, represent her surrogate family." D'awww!
Certain Tail Positions
Cats' tails are very mobile and can communicate a lot. When you cat's tail twitches, it is telling you that something is interesting - more than likely, you. When a kitty wraps their tail around your legs, they are marking you as their own (and possibly trying to get a treat out of it too).
When your cat lays down in a way that exposes her belly, she's telling you that she loves and trusts you dearly. The belly holds a ton of vital organs. So, in the wild, it's an area felines are likely to protect. If your kitty plops down and shows her to belly to you, then it's a clear sign she loves and trusts you with her life.
When kitties headbutt you, they are really just trying to rub their faces. They have a ton of glands that secrete pheromones. As Catster explains, "Each pheromone signature is unique, just as our fingerprints are. When she leaves behind this calling card, she's saying 'MINE!'"