6 Signs Your Cat Really Loves You

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6. She Brings You Gifts

I didn't mean that kind of gift! Silly British Shorthair . . .
I didn’t mean that kind of gift! Silly British Shorthair…

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Your cat may also show her appreciation for all you do for her by bringing you gifts.

Your cat is only trying to make sure you are well fed.

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While you may not appreciate a dead mouse or bird in your bed at seven in the morning, your cat is only thinking of you when she selects such presents. Cats are natural hunters, and she only wants to share with you, her best friend, the spoils of her latest hunting trip.

Cats are natural hunters, and they only want to share with you the spoils of their latest hunting trip.

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Your cat has probably noticed that you don’t seem to bring home your own kills too often, so she is only trying to make sure you are well fed when she shares hers. You open a can to give her food every day. She only wants to return the favor.

5. She Makes Biscuits on You

Cats love warm, fuzzy blankets.
Cats love warm, fuzzy blankets.

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When cats are especially content, they exhibit a behavior called kneading, or “making biscuits.” This is when cats push their paws in and out on a soft surface, pulling lightly with their claws, in an alternating left/right pattern.

Another theory of why cats “make biscuits” is that this is a way for them to leave their scent on their favorite things and people.

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This is likely a left-over behavior from kittenhood, when kittens use this motion to stimulate milk flow from their mother cat. Cats likely do this in the presence of their favorite humans because they see their humans as their parents.

Cats likely knead in the presence of their favorite humans because they see their humans as their parents.

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Another theory of why cats “make biscuits” is that this is simply another way for cats to leave their scent on their favorite things and people to claim them as their own. Either way, if your cat kneads on you, it means they really need you!

4. You Get Her Purr Motor Running

Is there anything more adorable than a purring kitten?
Is there anything more adorable than a purring kitten?

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Cats purr when they are happy and feel safe and content. If your cat purrs every time you pet or play with her, it means she feels very comfortable around you and is happy you are there. The louder your cat purrs in your presence, the happier she is to be around you.

Cats purr when they are happy and feel safe and content.

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If your cat is purring loudly, she feels relaxed, safe, and happy. If your cat really loves you, you may notice her purrs becoming more intense when you pet her.

Cat Purring Has to Be the Most Relaxing Sound Ever

3. She Grooms You

Cats groom to show affection.
Cats that are close to one another often groom each other.

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If your cat licks your hair or ears, she considers you part of her family. Cats that are close to one another often groom each other.

Cats groom to show affection.

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This builds friendship and trust amongst a group of cats, as well as establishes a group scent amongst the members of the group.

If your cat licks you, they consider you part of their family.

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Cats don’t groom members of other species, including humans, often, so if your cat tries to groom you, you know she considers you part of her close family.

2. She Naps With You

Cats only nap with those they feel safe around.
Cats only nap with those they feel safe around.

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Cats are very particular about where they sleep. In the wild, cats are extremely vulnerable while asleep, so they don’t choose their napping places lightly. Cats are very careful to conceal themselves from possible threats before they doze off.

If your cat feels safe enough to fall asleep near you, they really trust you.

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If your cat chooses to nap near you, or even on your lap, know that you mean something special to her.

Cats are very particular about where they sleep.

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If she feels safe enough with you to fall asleep near you, she really trusts you.

1. Her Tail Twitches When She Sees You

Cats use body language to tell you how they feel.
Cats use body language to tell you how they feel.

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You can tell a lot about a cat’s mood by their tail. When cats are particularly happy, they will hold their tail up high with the tip of their tail twitching slightly. Just make sure they aren’t swishing their tail back and forth quickly, which indicates agitation rather than contentment.

When cats are happy, they will hold their tail up high with the tip of their tail twitching slightly.

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If your cat approaches you with her tail held high, twitching the end ever so slightly, she is happy to see you. Cats are happiest when they are near their favorite people.

What It Means When Your Cat Twitches Its Tail

Decoding Your Cat’s Language

Cats can be just as affectionate toward their owners as dogs.
Cats can be just as affectionate toward their owners as dogs.

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Though many people claim that cats aren’t as affectionate as dogs, this just isn’t true. Cats are very affectionate and loving pets. While it can be a bit difficult for humans to read a cat’s emotions, if you know what to look for, it is easy to see that your cat loves you just as much as you love her. Though cats are more subtle about revealing their feelings than dogs, they still feel affection for their favorite humans.

Questions & Answers

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Question: Why does my cat bite me hard when I use the bathroom or enter the shower?

Answer: Cats often bite to show affection. If your cat is biting too hard, you can get them to stop by pulling your hand away and ignoring them every time they bite you, or hissing at them (like a cat) when they bite. Though it might feel silly, hissing at them is particularly effective because you are speaking their language.

Question: What does it mean if the cat just sits and stares at you?

Answer: Cats often stare at the people they like, so if your cat is often sitting in the same room as you and staring at you, it probably means they really like you.

Question: What does it mean that my cat likes walking up and down me when I am lying down?

Answer: This behavior likely indicates that your cat loves you and wants to be close to you.

Question: Why does my cat at times go into my plant pot and scratch out the dirt? Sometimes she pees in it other times she poos in it. Is that her way of saying she needs attention?

Answer: Cats have a natural instinct to bury their waste. Perhaps she finds the dirt in your potted plant preferable to her litter box for some reason. If you don’t clean her litter box regularly, perhaps try scooping it more often. Just like humans don’t like using dirty restrooms, cats don’t like using dirty litter boxes, and will look for somewhere else to relieve themselves. If the condition of the litter box isn’t the problem, perhaps she just doesn’t like the type of litter you are using in her litter box. Try a different type of litter to see if she likes it better.

Question: Why has my cat stopped sleeping with me? He now just lays next to the bed. He has also become lethargic. He is fourteen, and it happened suddenly. Is he dying?

Answer: Take your cat to the vet ASAP to find out if there is something medically wrong with him. A change in behavior like this could indicate a medical problem, or it could just mean he changed his mind about where he wants to sleep. Since you say he is acting lethargic and is displaying a change in his normal behavior, it is important to take him to the vet right away. The sooner he sees a vet, the more likely they will be able to do something for him.

Question: What does it mean when my cat meows at me constantly but stops once I pick him up, and when I pick him up he purrs loudly?

Answer: This means that your cat has successfully trained you to pick him up whenever he wants.

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