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How Your Cat Shows You Love

cat on backThey’re furry, they’re cuddly and most importantly they’re cute! Although they express love differently than humans, our cats show love to us in many different ways.  How do your cats say I love you? Here are a few behaviors common in cats who are showing love and affection to their family.

Purring

A cat’s purr can mean a variety of things from happiness to genuine concern. Cats use purrs as another form of communication with humans. In fact, many experts believe that a cat’s purr is a form of submission letting both people and other animals know they offer no sort of threat. Either way, we like to think of purring as a little smile from our pets letting us know they are here. 

 

Kneading

Cat kneading is an action when the cats lightly press the tips of their paws into you in a very methodical and calm motion, similar to a person kneading bread dough. This action goes all the way back to when your cat was a kitten and they did this to release milk from their mother. Adult cats show this action when they are feeling their most comfortable and relaxed, which can typically be when they are being petted. 

Sleeping

Does your cat like to sleep in your arms or on your lap? Consider yourself loved! Cats can sleep anywhere from 10 to 15 hours each day. They are most vulnerable while sleeping and choose places that are safe and secure. There is no better compliment to you than a cat who chooses to fall asleep on you. This means they are completely comfortable with you and trust they are in safe and loving hands.

Bunting

Like other animals, cats rub on items to leave their scent. When your cat rubs against your arms or legs or presses against your face he or she is leaving their scent on you. This behavior, also called bunting, is a way to let other animals know that you belong to them. It is a form of affection they show to those they trust the most. 

Meowing

Normally, cats do not communicate to each other through meowing. Primarily, they save this vocal behavior to their interactions with humans. Whether your cat just gives you a meow here or there or meows nonstop, consider this to be their way of communicating with you and showing their love. 

Tails

Has your cat ever hopped up on your lap and then stuck his or her rear end right in your face. This may seem a little annoying or gross to you, but it is actually a way for them to show love. Think about it, cats introduce themselves to other animals by sniffing their rear ends. This scent identifier is almost equivalent to a hand shake in the human world. So, when your cat is sticking his or her hind end right in your face, think of it as him saying hi, how are you doing today. 

Rolling

We’ve all had that moment when we walk in the house and the cat stops right at your feet only to roll over and expose his or her belly to you. This position leaves your cat very exposed and vulnerable. For them to come up to you and greet you in such a manner shows that they trust and love you. 

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 115 years ago, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

Precious

Precious
Precious

Age: 6-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
If you are looking for a cat who loves to cuddle, look no further! This amazing lady loves people and would be so happy to find a forever home! Could it be with you?

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Thumper

Thumper
Thumper

Age: 4 1/2 years old
Type: Dwarf/American
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
Thumper is an adorable little guy that came to our shelter along with many other bunnies after their owner passed away. He's neutered and is quite a tidy fellow with his litter box habits. He's currently in foster care and his foster tells us he's very social, likes to cuddle and really enjoys the times he gets to run and play. His diet consists of timothy hay, pellets and fresh greens daily. His favorite treat? A slice of banana will excite him enough to do a happy dance. Would you like to meet Thumper and see if he's the bunny for you or your family? Please submit a small animal adoption application and let us schedule a time for you to meet him at our shelter. We're certain he'll steal your heart.

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Dobby

Dobby
Dobby

Age: 3-years-old
Type: Treeing Walker Coonhound mix
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
This gorgeous boy is Dobby! He came all the way from a shelter in Kentucky to find his forever home! You may hear him barking in the kennels but it is only because he wants to come out and see you! Once you get to spend some time with him you will see that he is a calm, gentle, sweet boy who just wants attention. He will gently put his head in your lap and look up at you for snuggles. He loves being pet and being close to you and will make a loyal companion. He's got enough energy to go on a nice walk or hike but also calm enough to cuddle up with you and relax. He has started training here and will receive two free training classes with his adoption so that his new family can see everything he has learned and continue that in the home. He may need to meet any potential "dog siblings" before going home with them. If you think Dobby would be the perfect fit for your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with him

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Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla

Age: 4-years-old
Type: Hound/Shepherd mix
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
This sweetheart is Sarsaparilla (a.k.a."Sassy"). She came all the way from a Kentucky shelter to find her forever home! She is a very sweet girl who would make a great addition to any home! She is peppy enough to spend time playing or go on a nice long walk, but calm enough to hang out and relax at home. She is very sweet and pretty calm so would make a great companion to someone looking for an amazing girl to add to their heart and home! She goes to training through the S.T.A.R.T. training program so will receive two free classes with her adoption to maintain and continue training. She has gone to our pet therapy program (where we visit nursing homes and allow them to interact with the dogs), and our book buddies program (where we take dogs to elementary schools to let them read to and interact with the dogs) and she has done very well in those situations! She LOVES snuggling close to you, getting belly rubs, and giving you lots of kisses. Sassy will need to be the only pet in the home as she doesn't get along well with cats or most other dogs. If you think Sarsaparilla would be the perfect addition to your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with her!

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Charity

Charity
Charity

Age: 1-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
Charity is a lovable and sweet lady who just wants to spend her days curled up and loving on her new owners! Could it be with you?

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