How A Cat Displays Affection
28 November, 2011

Some cats are more affectionate than others depending on the cat’s personality, breed and/or upbringing. Some cats are aloof while others can’t wait to shower affection upon you. When a cat chooses to express affection, he or she’s more likely to show you than tell you.  Dogs are much more expressive and easier to read when it comes to affection.  However, if you can understand a cat’s body language and signals, you will understand how they are showing their love.


When a cat encounters strangers or other cats, they usually greet them with an unblinking stare (or if they are mad at you!) However, slow eye blinks are a sign of contentedness and affection. You can make a game of this by slowly blinking back at your cat and see how long the interchange can last between the two of you.

I adore you!


If your cat rubs her face on you, she is marking you as her property. There are glands on her face that secrete pheromones which act to mark territory as well as signal comfort and familiarity. Each cat’s pheromone signature is unique, just as our fingerprints are. When she leaves behind this calling card, she’s saying that you are all hers.


If your cat follows you from room to room and hangs out wherever you are, it’s a sign that she’s interested in you and wants to be where you are. Some cats who otherwise do not display affection can still express their love just by being around and in your close proximity.


Most cats that are bonded with their owners will respond with excitement when they hear your car in the driveway, or when you make distinctive sounds (like unlocking the door) when returning home. If they run for the door when you come through, it obviously means they’ve missed you and are happy that you’re home.  Or they might just meow from afar and then approach.  (Sammy always greets me at the door and then rolls over).


When your cat rolls over and exposes his or her belly to you, he or she is signaling that she trusts and loves you.  By exposing her belly, he or she is exposing her vulnerability. If she did that outside, she would be attacked. However, in the comfort of your home, this tummy exposure is a signal that she’s comfortable enough with you to let down her guard.


This instinctual gesture originates from birth, when your cat kneaded her mother to stimulate milk flow. In later life, kneading signifies contentment, pleasure and adoration, especially if accompanied by drooling. This is one of the greatest expressions of love that your cat can show you.  Cats will sometimes knead your arm, leg or somewhere close by you.

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