Signs of Cat Affection

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and unaffectionate, but that isn’t the case!

Cats show their love and devotion to their human caregivers in many ways. People often misunderstand signs of cats asking for attention as them asking for food—one of the reasons we see so many Overweight Kitties in our practice.

Take notice the next time you see your cat walking around the house; they will be walking with their tail straight up in the air, possibly with a kink at the tip. This posture between cats is a sign of affection. So when your cat comes up to greet you with its tail in the air, it is also a sign that they are glad you are home, and they love you!

Headbutting and rubbing the sides of their face on you is a sure sign your cat adores you. When your cat rubs up against your ankles, it is their way of showing affection. They would rather rub up against your face, but they just can’t reach! Jumping up on counters and furniture is just a way for your kitty to try to be closer to you. When your cat rubs on you, they leave pheromones on you to tell other cats you belong to them.

Kneading is another way your kitty shows affection. Some people call it “making muffins”. This behavior stems from when your cat was a kitten nursing from his mother. Kneading is your cat telling you they feel loved and comforted by you.

Purring, trills, mews, and chirps are all ways cats communicate. They feel safe and loved when near you. They are expressing these endearing emotions with their special human.

When your cat curls up in your lap or in bed with you, this is another way they are expressing their affection.

The bond between cats is strengthened by mutual grooming; this behavior helps them relax and builds trust and a community scent to recognize family members. Cats will often lick their human family, displaying affection and friendship.

Some cats bond with their humans more than others. Kittens socialized with multiple humans at a young age—before eight weeks old, are more likely to grow into especially affectionate adult cats. There is even research that suggests a genetic predisposition for some cats to become closer to humans.

No matter how your cat shows you they love you, make sure to show them you care by keeping him in good health—and that starts with an annual Physical by your veterinarian to make sure your kitty will have a long healthy life with the human they love.