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Getting Purrsonal – Love Is In the Air
By Tania Marie de Saram
Cats have a reputation for being cool characters, but that’s not to say they don’t express their feelings. Your furry friend has a number of ways to show you how much she cares.
The most obvious of these is purring. Felines use this to self-soothe when they are either extremely relaxed, or in need of some healing. If your puss does this whilst rubbing against you, rest assured, you are cherished. Adult cats rarely miaow to communicate with each other, reserving this type of vocalisation for us hoomans. They may also chirp and trill to express affection, and some even enjoy lengthy conversations with their loved ones.
Head bumps and cheek rubs, also known as bunting, release happy pheromones from scent glands, and are a clear indication that your feline feels safe and contented as she interacts with you. She may even knead you with her paws; this gauge of connection stems from the comfort observed as a nursing kitten, trying to stimulate the expression of her mother’s milk. Slow blinks and proffering her belly demonstrate trust, which is the fundamental basis of animal love. If your puss relaxes her muscles and lies vulnerable in the supine position, and still permits stroking, be honoured by her ultimate confidence in you.
Grooming is a social behaviour, so if you find yourself covered in licks, especially to your face, then take this as a true sign of affection. Love bites, so long as they are gentle mouthing, are a way of bonding through play with others, and as natural hunters, presenting you with ‘gifts’ of birds and mice shows how much kitty values you.
Simply following you around suggests your furry friend feels attached to you and relishes your companionship, but when it comes to kisses, be careful. Some cats enjoy them, whilst others find them too intrusive; take the time to get to know what yours enjoy, so you can speak their language of love. ❤