If there were one pet that’s very scant when it comes to shelling out affection, it would be the domestic cat. Cats have the reputation for being aloof, cold, and completely callous at times. However, cat owners know firsthand that this isn’t always the case. While cats may prefer their personal space and time more than other animals might, they can also be quite affectionate—especially if they actually like you. If you’ve owned a cat for a while, you should have a pretty good idea whether your cat likes you or not. If you’re just not sure, here are 10 signs that will tell you whether your cat actually cares for your company.
1. The loving headbutt
Your cat will never headbutt you strongly, especially not out of spite. However, it may headbutt you if it’s feeling a certain connection. Placing its head upon yours is actually a sign of affection for cats. It’s a way for them to communicate their love for you.
2. Twitching tail
The tail of a cat can speak volumes when it comes to affection. What you’re looking for in particular is an upright and swirling tail, which basically means that your cat is feeling happy around you. It’s even better if you’ve got your cat’s tail wrapped around you somehow. That means that your pet is extra happy.
3. The tummy view
If your cat is voluntarily showing you it’s belly, it’s basically showing you that it’s willing to be vulnerable around you. That might be a mouthful, but maybe that just means that your wants you to rub its belly because it loves you so. There’s nothing like a playful cat to brighten your day. No wonder why all those cat videos blew up on YouTube.
4. Purr perfection
Cats can make so many different noises. They meow; they roar; they hiss. They can also purr. Every single one of these cat noises denotes a particular emotion that needs to be conveyed. If you somehow hear your cat purring while you’re nearby, there’s a good chance that your cat is professing its love for its owner.
5. Gift giving
Cats give gifts too, and while it may seem like a wonderful idea, many cat owners actually dread this part of affection. When we talk about gifts that cats may bring, it can get pretty gross. What do cats get in to anyway? They get into nooks and crannies and spaces that no one else could reach. So don’t be surprised if you get a gift in the form of a dead mouse, a dead frog, some bugs, or even trash. At least you’ll know that your cat loves you enough to bring you something.
6. Gentle nibbling
Soft nibbling is always a form of affection regardless of what animal we’re talking about. It’s the same thing when it comes to cats. Cats like to nibble when they’re feeling the love, so don’t push your cat away if you feel it constantly nibbling your arm. It simply means that it adores you and finds you utterly irresistible.
7. Chat away
Cats are often quiet, but if they like you, they’ll actually “chat” with you. Chatting is actually another noise that cats can do. They most often chat with their owners when they’re just in a cheerful mood. Return the favor and chat back with your cat. Even though you’re both communicating in different ways, the understanding is there.
8. Feline follow
You already know that most cats like to be by themselves. If you happen to have a cat that follows you around wherever you go, you’re lucky. That means that your cat actually likes you and want to spend time with you. Let it jump onto you from a higher space from time to time. Your cat would appreciate it.
9. Lick away
Much like how a mother cat would lick its litter to care for them and keep them clean, cats would also lick you if it wants to care for you. Most of the time, if your cat wants to do this, it would most likely lick your hair or ears. It’s a sign that your cat wants to keep you clean. It cares.
10. Slow blinking
This is probably one of the most adorable things you could ever see your cat do—that at least if you’re cat actually likes you. One sign of affectionate that cats like to show off is blinking and blinking ever so slowly. Many refer to it as the “kitty kiss,” but basically, it’s kissing you with its eyes. Take it, and then turn it around and show your cat just how much you like it as well.