Many people take courses on how to train pets. Having a cat is awesome, and sometimes you just want them to know how much you love them. Luckily, there are tons of ways you can express your affection in their language.
Cats spend most of their time waiting for you to get back from work or school, so it’s only natural that they crave your attention and time once you walk through the door. You can snuggle together, talk to them, or choose the activity your cat likes best: playing games! Pick something that your kitty can’t get enough of, whether it’s a laser pointer they can chase or a toy with a special smell. Of course, you can always try something new and play a game of hide-and-seek together! Most cats get bored easily too, so it won’t take that much of your time. But your cat will certainly feel the love and look forward to your next playing sesh together!
Cats are highly independent and fierce creatures, so they’ll never put themselves in a vulnerable position if they don’t trust a person. And when are you more vulnerable than in your sleep, right? If your cat always curls up next to you, this means that it sees you as a protector and someone it can trust its life with. So next time you’re about to watch some TV or take a nap, lie down next to your kitty to show that you trust and love it too!
Learning tricks isn’t just for the dogs! Cats are exceptionally trainable too, and training your cat is a great way to show affection as well as strengthen your bond together. What’s even better, they love a good mentally stimulating task! Teaching your cat to do different commands and tricks will give it new interesting challenges, and those little tasty rewards will make your feline friend see you as a caring provider. Just make sure to start with simple commands, be patient, and never punish your kitty for not catching on.
Turning the Faucet On
Believe it or not, your spoiled little fluff ball is still mostly driven by those natural instincts that helped its ancestors survive in the wild. “Ok, but what does this have to do with leaving the faucet on?” Well, the thing is, cats subconsciously view running water as the best kind of water because it’s considered the safest option in the wild. That’s why your cat looks so happy when it drinks water from the faucet and doesn’t seem too excited when you pour it into a bowl. Turning on the faucet and letting your cat drink from it shows that you understand and respect your kitty’s innate needs and wishes. Plus, some cats just like playing in the water!
Cats are just like people in a lot of ways – whenever they’re with someone they love, they let their guard down. And when cats feel relaxed and at peace, they start to blink way slower to let you know that it’s all thanks to you. So if you want to show them that you feel the same way, start blinking slower too! Trust me, your cat will instantly get the message! However, if you notice that your cat keeps squinting just one eye at you, it’s definitely not a sign of affection but of a possible eye infection. The best way you can show your love in this case is to get your pet to the vet ASAP!
Nose To Tail Rubs
Ever wondered why your cat often rubs itself on your leg from nose to tail? Hey, they’re simply claiming you as their personal property! You see, cats release special pheromones from glands in their cheeks and rub this scent on you to mark you. So, giving your cat a couple of nose-to-tail rubs sends the same message, that you see them as all yours too!
Cats are natural hunters with incredibly sharp tactile senses. That is, they love to touch, hold, and grab things. That’s also why they really like it when you pet them! But if you really want to strengthen that bond even more, try to hold your cat’s paw from time to time when you cuddle together. This is the ultimate sign of support, love, and affection that your cat will easily understand. Sometimes cats make the first move by putting their paws on your hands, so definitely don’t miss your chance to respond accordingly!
If you have a couple of cats or you just love watching cat videos on YouTube, you’ve probably seen cats bumping heads against one another. This is their universal sign for trust and respect. And, again, it’s a way for them to mark what is theirs when it comes to their trusted circle of human or fellow animal friends. And if you do the same, your kitty will definitely appreciate it. Also, if a cat bumps its head against you and then tucks it down or turns it to the other side, it simply wants your attention. If the food or water bowl and litter box look ok, then perhaps it’s playtime again?
You ever tried to hug your kitty just for it to run away from your loving arms? Hey, don’t take it personally! Hugging just isn’t how cats show affection– it’s a human thing. As for cats, they see it as aggressive, kind a like a predator snatching them up. The cat equivalent to a hug is leaning in. But never initiate it first! Instead, next time your cat presses against you as you’re watching TV or something, press a tiny bit of your weight back into them. Just be careful – you want to show Whiskers the power of your love, not crush him with it!
Saying your Cat’s Name
You know how psychologists say that we trust people who say our name more? Well, the same goes for cats too! Make it a habit to greet your cat by name every time you come home, even if it doesn’t come to the door. This will make it feel acknowledged, important, and loved. This trick also works wonders when you need to explain to your cat that it did something bad. Your furry friend will listen way more carefully if you refer to it by name. Hey, kind a like your mom did when you got in trouble as a kid, right?
Experts claim that a cat’s meows and purrs are way more diverse than we think and can mean completely different things depending on their tone and pitch. So, one meow can mean “Come closer,” while another that sounds almost the same might translate as “Go away!” However, there’s still something you can do whenever your kitty starts “talking” to you (especially if it’s in distress) – respond right back with something of the same tone and pitch. Or even better, sing to them! This will calm your cat down and make it feel like you genuinely want to communicate with it.
Learning your Cat’s Language
Even though cat experts do their best to figure out everything they can about cat communication, every feline is different. And the earlier you understand how your cat expresses its emotions through body language and meows, the stronger your connection will be. When we love someone, we want to know everything about them and dig deeper into their personality, right? Well, your kitty deserves the same attention and effort. So spend time with your cat, try to find patterns in its communication, and your bond will be unbreakable!
Letting It Be
Cats really value their independence and often need to spend some time alone. So if your cat isn’t that playful and rarely comes to you for cuddles and kisses, don’t try to force it. Just let it be! Your cat is just an introvert who wants to protect its personal space. When your kitty wants some affection, it’ll come to you for back rubs, petting, and games.