Feb 25, 2015

9 Signs Your Cat Loves You...

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
Happy is the home with at least one cat...

Woke up one morning and Arvid says to me, 
"you want to know the signs of if a cat loves you?"
Yes! he's been reading online news again.  Something he has been doing
every so often and which he seems to find at times amusing or in this case very 
enjoyable.  Of course when and if he reads something; he needs to share it with me.

1. Lightly touching her forehead against you 
Called head bunting, this feline act of affection is delivered only to the A-listers 
in a cat's life.  Your cat will face you, lower her head and lean forward so that the 
top of her head touches your forehead, face or other body part. This loving touch 
can often  release feel-good hormones called endorphins in your cat and you.

2. Cheek rubbing you
Think of your cat as a feline graffiti artist. To make her turf really feel like
 home, she will rub her cheeks against the corners of furniture and, possibly,
 your legs or hands when you pet her. This act secretes oils from her facial glands.
 It's her way of claiming you as her own. Just be grateful that 
she  does so by cheek rubbing, not spraying. 
3. Twitching the tip of her tail
The feline tail acts like a mood barometer. The tail puffs out when your cat is 
frightened or agitated. Conversely, your cat expresses love to you when she 
approaches you with her tail hoisted lazily up in the air and the very 
tip twitches.   In cat speak, she is saying, "You rock my world!"
4. Holding eye contact and sharing a soft blink
Don't expect a cat to maintain a steady eye-to-eye stare with a new house guest.
 Cats save eye contact for people they know and trust, like you. The bond is
 accented when she blinks softly at you. This is the equivalent of a kitty kiss
 Respond by softly blinking back. 

5. Turning on the purr power
This steady, rhythmic sound emitted when your cat inhales and exhales is often 
associated with contentment. But cats also purr when they need to self-calm 
or while nursing a litter; however, your cat saves the special full-bodied
 rumble as a smile directed to you. It is her way of saying, "I love you."
6. Sitting on you or beside you
Cats crave warm places to nap and sleep, but when they bypass a comfy cat
 bed or your bedroom pillow to perch on your lap, you should feel honored.
 Your cat has sized up her options and is conveying that she prefers 
being with you rather than being by herself in her cat bed. 

7. Kneading his paws on your lap
If you need a sign it is time to trim your cat's nails, nothing is clearer 
than when  he perches on your lap, purrs and starts kneading your thighs with
 her front paws. But this is also a sign of affection. Experts say that this action
 beckons your adult cat back to a safe, welcoming memory when she was
 nuzzling his mother for milk as a newborn kitten. 
He is being affectionate and a bit nostalgic.
8. Licking your hair and earlobes
OK, neither of these actions may rate on your top 10 list of affection preferences, 
but your cat is regarding you as another cat - albeit a big one - in her inner circle.
 Only special "cats" are deemed worthy of these special grooming sessions.
 In a multicat household, mutual grooming is a sign of trust and friendship.
 Pay attention to which cats, if any, in your home team up for mutual grooming. 
You may be the only one meriting such a gift! 

9. Bringing you dead mice, birds and other so-called gifts
Evolution and domestication have not stripped your cat of her inner hunter.
 After a successful hunt, she may deposit a mouse head or lizard tail in
 a place she knows you will visit - like your pillow. Yuck?
 Yes, but your cat is sharing her prey prize with you,
 a true sign of trusted friendship.

Brutus is a perfectionist at each and every one of theses.  Being an 
indoor cat, he does not have access to live mice, but that does not stop
him from bring us his toy ones and in his case he has a special string that makes
noise.  No matter where we hide it, he finds it and brings it to us.  His favorite is to 
drag it all over the apartment at nights when we are sleeping, taking it to it's final resting spot
right beside Arvid.  Arvid has gotten clever to this and has started to "hide" the string at nights.

Unfortunately for Arvid, Brutus always finds the string.  Every night by midnight,
the string makes its way to the floor mat right next to Arvid.  He no longer
hides it from Brutus.  Now everyone is happy with the "game"

Wishing you all a pleasant day and leaving you with the reminder,
kindness know no boundaries, and it's never to late to practice random acts of kindness.

The ultimate sign that YOU LOVE your cat:

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
People like cats because they are such quiet, lovable,
 wise creatures, and cats like people for the same reasons, win-win...