Many of us grow up with the company of dogs and cats, and have a very deep affection with them, we treat them like family, buy them pet products, provide them cat beds, dog collars, and many others dog things or cat things, but can you tell that if you cat is loving you or just treating you like a food dispenser.
Rubbing on you. Cats have glands that allow them to
secrete oils to make anything they rub against smell familiar. These are
concentrated in the head area, which is why cats rub their heads on the
corners of furniture, for example. But when your cat rubs on or head
butts you, it’s more than just putting her smell on you; it’s her way of
claiming you as her own. Just be thankful she does it with rubbing, not
Choosing to sit on you (or beside you). Cats love
warm sleeping places, like your lap, but comfort isn’t the only motive
that drives your cat to choose a spot to sit or lie in. The back of the
couch next to your head or your computer keyboard while you cruise the
Internet or your newspaper when you’re trying to read may not be the
most comfortable spot in the house … and yet your cat is right there,
all the time. See my point? When your cat chooses being next to you over
being someplace more comfy, well, there you go: It’s love.
Bringing you presents.
If your cat hunts you may have seen pieces of her prey — a mouse head
here, or a grasshopper body there — left in places where you could find
them, such as on your pillow. It’s not some Godfather-style
threat to find a mouse head in your bed, though. It’s your cat, looking
out for you. She doesn’t know that you don’t eat mice, and she can’t
imagine why you wouldn’t want to — they’re delicious!
Purring. I’ll bet you
knew this one already. Purring is a sign of friendliness, and that’s why
most people are familiar with this particular sign of cat affection.
But cats will also purr when they’re injured or even dying, sometimes
loving, sometimes pleading, and always self-settling. Yes, that’s all
true, but it’s also true that there’s a special kind of purr saved for
loved ones, a deep, full-bodied rumble that couldn’t say “I love you”
See? It’s all pretty subtle, but I bet now that you know the signs, you can see that your cat has been sending them all along!