Did you know that a cat kneading against your body is an act of sheer contentment, trust and true adoration which is often accompanied by drooling. When your cat kneads you, it is a supreme expression of delight and love.
Here are some common signs of cat affection:
- Kneading: is an activity common to all domestic cats whereby, when in a state of ease, they alternately push out and pull in their front paws, often alternating between right and left limbs. Some cats actually appear to “nurse” or suck on clothing or bedding during kneading.
- Eye blinks: When a cat meets a stranger for the first time, they give them an unblinking stare. They are wary. Cats that feel trust and affection for a human often blink at them. Now you may wonder why that is a positive sign. While it is not exactly the “wink” that humans use to express affection, (although it makes a lot of sense that may be the origin of that very commonly-used method of “flirting” between people), it is a gesture of trust and acceptance. So if your cat presents you with half-closed eyes, and blinks at you, you have received a kitty “kiss”.
- Grooming: When your cat allows you to groom him, this is another sure sign that he trusts you and feels cat affection for you. Not only are cats cleaning each other when they indulge in one of their favorite pastimes, they also usegrooming as a stress-reliever and a way to build mutual bonds. If your cat offers to groom you, you have actually been accepted as part of his feline “family.”
- Head Rubbing: When a cat rubs her face on a human, she is using scent glands on her cheeks to mark her territory. this can both mean affection, and that she is claiming the human in question as her “property.” Cats also rub their faces on a wide variety of objects around the house, so it is fun to see which possessions are favorites. Head “butting” is yet another common display of loving.