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How Cats Show Their Love

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In the world of pet affection, cats get a bad rep for being less loving than their canine counterparts. But cats can be just as affectionate as dogs — they just show it in a different way. Here are a few of the ways cats show their affection, so you can appreciate the next time your cat is trying to send you a subtle hint of how much she loves you.

Slow blinking

While a long stare can feel a bit unsettling at times, when your cat stares at you and blinks slowly, it means she’s trying to communicate affection.

They curve their tail when they are around you

Like a dog wagging his tail, a cat approaching you with her tail curved means she’s approaching you affectionately.


Kneading is something kittens do to their moms when nursing. If your cat kneads you with her paws, it’s a way of showing that she trusts you.

Rubbing against your leg

When your cat walks up to you and rubs against your leg, she’s looking for attention and affection.


Speaking of rubbing against your leg, if your cat nudges you with her head, she’s trying to say she’s fond of you.


It might be obvious, but when your feline friend curls up in your lap, it’s a sign of love.


“Love bites” mean your cat is happy you’re petting her and doesn’t want you to stop.

While these certainly aren’t all of the ways your cat can show affection , it’s a good start to understanding your cat when she’s trying to show you love. And all that feline affection can do more than just lift your spirits. Having a pet can actually reduce stress hormones, which can do everything from reducing blood pressure to boosting levels of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. 

So go ahead, soak up all the cat cuddles you can — it’s good for you.

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