Do you find yourself wondering if your love and adoration for your cat is unrequited? Do you feel like you are dishing out affection left right and center and getting nothing back? Fear not! This article is a deep dive into the many ways our cats secretly let slip that they are as obsessed with us as we are with them. Stay with us to find out more.
Felines are notoriously difficult to read. There’s a common saying that “Dogs have owners and cats have slaves” This is totally unfair to cats, they may go about things very differently to their canine companions, however, they definitely do show love and affection in their own adorable way.
Pets all have different ways of letting us know how they feel. Hopefully, by the time you have finished reading this article, you will be a pro at understanding cat behavior and you will feel reassured that the subtle things your cat does around the home are all little clues that you truly are their favorite human.
Let’s explore the reasons!
#1 They Treat You Like A Fellow Cat
Cats often ‘imprint’ on humans. When they recognize a human that offers them food, water, comfort, and safety, they form a strong attachment with their primary caregiver. Your cat will warm to the person who they have the most positive interactions with. When this occurs your cat will treat you like an equal, the greatest honor in their eyes!
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#2 They Rub Themselves Against You
This is a sure sign your cat is obsessed with you, as when they do this they are stimulating special scent glands which release ‘pheromones’. Pheromones are chemical messengers that are a signal for the cat that you are their human and they are claiming you as their own.
This is how cats mark out their territory, so they are affectionately putting their stamp of approval on you. Your cat may rub their cheeks or chin against you, or sometimes even headbutt you!
Contrary to popular belief, headbutting is definitely a sign of affection in the cat world. Your cat may also softly touch their forehead against your face, this is called head bunting, and is another good sign your cat worships you.
#3 They Make Eye Contact And Softly Blink
This sounds very specific, but it’s true, cats have a soft slow blink that is essentially the equivalent of a cat kiss! This is recognized as the most common way cats show their affection toward humans.
It’s their unique way of smiling, and it means they feel safe and relaxed around you. Cats are thought to respond to slow blinking from humans, so next time you are having one on one time with your cat, give them a slow blink and see if it is reciprocated! If it is, you know for sure you are a VIP in their eyes.
Also Read: Why Do Cats Blink?
#4 They Use You As A Chair Or A Bed
This is a huge compliment in the cat world. Cats need to feel secure and safe when they go to sleep. If they readily curl up in your lap, or on your chest in bed, then this means you are their safe place.
They are most happy and content when they have physical contact with you. Added bonus of being a human pillow is that you get a cute hot water bottle to keep you warm and snug.
#5 Kneading You With Their Paws
Cats often press their front paws into your leg or tummy as if they are kneading bread. This is them replicating what they did when they were nursing kittens and they wanted to encourage milk flow from their mother.
Adult cats still carry out this behavior long after they have been weaned. They often do this to show pleasure or contentment. If they are doing this when they are relaxed on your lap, you can rest assured they are letting you know they feel happy and content in your presence.
Also Read: Why Do Cats Knead and Bite Blankets?
#6 They Groom You
If your cat takes it upon themselves to lick you, especially your hair or ears, they are trying to groom you. In multi-cat households group grooming sessions are a sign of trust and loyalty. Licking is a gesture that says your cat thinks you are a member of their social group and they accept you as family.
This is one of the ways your cat shows you that you have a strong bond together. (Whether you actually embrace the cat tongue bath or not is up to you, there’s no judgment here, you enjoy those kitty kisses!)
#7 They Follow You Around The House
If your cat follows you around the house, sometimes even to the bathroom (!) it is not some sort of secret kitty surveillance. This is actually another indication that they are truly obsessed with you. It’s their way of showing you they always want to be in your company and is a sign of love in cat language.
Also Read: Why Does My Cat Follow Me Everywhere?
#8 They Bring You Gifts
Cats love bringing their favorite people gifts. Sometimes this can be presenting their best toy or comforter. Sometimes they like to bring you some prey they have hunted to ‘share’ with you such as a mouse or bird. It’s their way of saying you are part of their family and they want you to be involved with something that brings them joy.
Also Read: How Cats Choose Their Favorite Person?
#9 They Purr A Lot.
Cats do purr for many different reasons. If your cat is purring and nuzzling into you when you are stroking them, you can be sure that this is a very content purr and they are pleased to be in your company. This is their way of letting you know they are very happy.
Also Read: 8 Purrfect Games You Can Play With Your Cat
#10 They Show You Their Belly
Cats have a universal code of showing vulnerability/submission which is rolling into their backs and exposing their belly. This is due to the fact it is soft and lots of their vital organs are unprotected when they do this.
If your cat trusts you and is completely relaxed in your company, they will do this to allow you to rub or tickle their belly. So if you see your cat on their back, you better give them some attention as it’s a great honor to be shown the belly!
Cats are very complex animals. Their social interactions with us are difficult to interpret at times and can leave us feeling confused. It’s reassuring to know that there are lots of different ways cats show us how they feel, no two cats are the same.
The main thing to remember is that a loved cat with a safe and secure relationship is a happy and content one, so keep up the good work!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do cats get obsessed with one person?
Cats do usually pick a favorite human in their household that they earmark as their own. It is usually the person who makes the most effort with them that they choose. For example whoever feeds them regularly or gives them the best belly rubs!
Can cats tell that you love them?
Cats have an understanding of affection just like other mammals. They have lots of special ways of showing us how much we mean to them. They are also very good at recognizing when the feeling is mutual so if you are showering your cat with love, it hasn't gone unnoticed.
Why does my cat want to sit on me all the time?
If your cat wants to park their behind on you all the time, there's nothing to worry about (apart from cat hairs!) If they crave physical contact constantly, this is usually because they enjoy your company and are looking for a safe place and some affection and attention.
Why is my cat being so clingy with me?
Cats can be clingy for many reasons, some good, some not so good. If there is a sudden change in their behavior then there might be something upsetting them or a stressor in their environment.
These can include things like a new member of the family, health issues, separation anxiety, or even boredom. It is best to find out the underlying cause of the clingy behavior first before you try and fix it. If you are concerned about your cat, seek advice from your veterinarian as the first port of call.