Cats are very social animals, but unlike dogs, our feline friends don't always let their emotions be clear. Curious if your cat loves you? We looked at 9 facts and fables about cats' love for people.
1. Your cat follows you around the house
Do you recognize this, you walk upstairs to grab something and suddenly you see that your cat has followed you. Then you go down and sure enough, your cat now follows you through the house. It is very typical behavior for cats, but it can have different causes. The most common cause is that a cat feels genuinely connected to you and enjoys spending time with you. In fact, everything you do is interesting, from making the bed to cooking in the kitchen. Another cause; your cat feels lonely. If a cat follows you around the house, there may also be another cause. Despite the fact that we now work from home more often and therefore spend more time with our cat, our furry friends often remain alone in the house. And they can get hurt too. A cat in need of attention will show itself to you, for example by following you around the house. Make sure you recognize this behavior and make some time to play or cuddle with your cat. This way your furry friend stays happy.
2. Your cat is rubbing against you
Very recognizable as a cat owner; your cat comes up to you and starts to cup you or rub her whole body against you. We humans see this as a sign of love and are often happy that this happens, but what does the cat actually mean by this? If a cat rubs against you, it means that she wants to give off her scent to you. It is a sign of acceptance and a territorial demarcation. By leaving its scent on you, a cat indicates that you already have a cat.
3. Your cat sleeps near you
If a cat decides to sleep near you, or maybe even on you, it's a clear sign that she trusts you. Some cats can also feel threatened by the size of people when standing up and therefore feel safer with us when we are lying on the couch or in bed for example. That's why cats often take their chance to snuggle up when we're snuggling on the couch.
4. Your cat is slowly winking with her eyes
Did you know that you can often see the emotion of a cat in the eyes? With a little training you can recognize how your cat is feeling. For example, a happy cat can show her affection by blinking her eyes slowly. What she actually wants to indicate with this is that she poses no threat to you and is of good will. Cats show that behavior towards people but also among themselves, by “winking” back ourselves, we can communicate with our cat.
5. Your cat is “kneading” with her paws
Another typical behavior that we often see in cats is kneading with the paws. This starts from the birth of cats when they knead the mother to get the milk production going. Cats carry this behavior with them, although the motivation behind kneading with the paws has changed. If a cat now comes to you and starts kneading, it can be for several reasons. For example, a cat may try to recreate the nice feeling, make her a nice place to lie down or give off her scent.
6. Your cat shows her belly
If a cat shows you her belly, this usually means that she trusts you, but do not confuse it with an invitation to pet the cat. The belly of a cat is often quite sensitive so cats are generally reluctant to have their stomach stroked, most simply do not like it. According to scientific research, cats will most often react negatively or aggressively if you pet them on their stomach, so be careful.
7. Your cat talks to you a lot
Communication is an important form of strengthening the bond with your cat. And cats try to communicate with us quite often; for each type of request, cats learn their own type of meow that we humans can recognize. from a research from 2003 It turns out that cat owners often recognize which situation belongs to which meow. But does that mean that cats care about us or do they communicate purely because they want something from us? While meowing is also normal cat behavior, it is also claimed that communication with humans is a positive expression and a sign of appreciation.
8. Your cat brings you presents
If a cat brings you a "present", usually a dead mouse or bird, it is actually a very positive thing. The cat wants to give something back for all the good care. Or… is there another reason? The theory that a dead mouse or bird is a present is actually incorrect. By nature, cats are hunters and bring their prey back for their duckweed. It is completely in the instinct to take prey home so the kittens can learn how to hunt.
9. Spiders and Mustaches
A cat that purrs or purrs is a happy cat. From original purring cats to their kittens to communicate with them. Kittens are born blind and deaf, but can perceive the vibrations of purring. Conversely, kittens also communicate with their mothers in this way. When a cat purrs, it is actually talking to you. In addition to communication, purring also ensures that a cat becomes calmer. Spiders also have the same effect on people, it makes us nice and calm.