Has your cat ever looked at you and slowly blinked? Are you unsure why?
It is because he/she loves you! Cats have many different ways of showing affection, even ones that some people may not notice at first, including me!
Check out this video uploaded by ASPCA. I think it is pawsitively adorable!
What did you think of it? I love how the people are pretending to be cats :)
Kitty kisses are your cats way of showing that he loves you and trusts you. Mimicking this to your cat will tell him that you love him and trust him.
Here are some ways your cat will show affection to you:
Even if your cat is not the cuddle-y type, he/she may just sit or lay near you. That is his way of saying he loves you, even though he doesn't want to cuddle. Mikko is in between those two. Sometimes he wont leave me alone because he wants to cuddle, other times he will just sit beside me when I am on the computer, on my tablet or watching TV.
Another way is your cat might lick you. When they are kittens (as pretty much any other animal), they are groomed by their mother when they are very first born. Grooming you is their way of showing you their love, care and affection.
Your cat will most likely head butt you or rub against you. Every cat I have personally had in my home has done that to me. That is your cats way of "claiming you" as their own by rubbing their scent on you. It is very important to let your cat rub on you if you want to build a strong relationship.
Maybe you have been nipped at on the nose, cheek or finger by your kitty and you don't know why. The reason may be that he is giving you a love-bite. Sometimes a way of your kitty showing affection is nipping at you. Kitties nip at each other to show affection. Their skin is tougher than ours, so your kitty doesn't understand that his love bite may hurt you. But if you were me, I wouldn't give your kitty trouble for love biting you. I think it tickles ;)
Here is one of the most well known way of your cat showing affection to you. I think you guessed it, Purring.
That strange vibrating sound coming from your kitties throat is called purring, even though I assume everyone might know that :)
Newborn kittens cant see, so they are guided to their mother by their purr. Purring shows that your cat is content. Purring also lowers her heart rate, so she may purr to soothe herself.
This has been a long post, but there is three more I want to share.
Your kitty may have brought you a "gift". If your cat goes outside and brings you something dead, that shows that she feels safe and secure in your home.
I saw Mikko rolling around on my bed one day. I didn't know why he was doing that, so I went over and I pet him and we cuddled. I searched up why my cat was rolling around on my bed. It is because he was trying to get my attention so I would pet him and give him attention.
The final one is that your kitty might sleep on your lap. A cat is very vulnerable while sleeping, so they are careful of where they choose to snooze. If your cats favorite spot is on your lap, or if it is there once and a while, consider yourself a owner filled with love, trust and affection, and your kitty thinks so too.
That is my post on affection and thank you for reading all of this information. I hope everyone learned something today!