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This is What Your Cat Means with Their Behavior

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This is What Your Cat Means with Their Behavior

This is What Your Cat Means with Their Behavior

 

We all know dogs are the ultimate people pleasers and that cats often like to be independent. However, many people think that cats are antisocial while they actually care about you a lot, they just show it differently. Here are some typical cat behaviors and what they mean by it.

Slowly blinking at you

Cats can’t talk, but they can communicate. Often, you’ll notice a cat looking at you, and when you turn to look at them, they slowly blink their eyes. You may think they were just blinking, but the slow pace of the blink indicates that it appreciates your presence. What they’re telling you is, “I like you,” and it’s insanely adorable!

Purring

Purring has two functions for cats. The first function is that it shows they’re content and comfortable, the second function is that it heals them and the beings around them too. Studies have shown that purring is good for the heart health of a cat. Therefore, a cat that’s wounded may purr as well, since it both comforts and heals them. Cat purring doesn’t only apply to cats, however. When you have a cat on your lap, and they start purring, it may be useful for your health too!!!

Headbutting (bunting)

When a cat really likes you, it may come over and headbutt you against your face, arms, legs, or other body parts. They often combine this behavior with purring. Getting a headbutt from a cat means that they love you, they want to be pet and show their affection by “petting” you back. Added to this, they rub their smell on you as if they’re marking their territory. That’s way better than being peed on, right?

Sitting with their back turned to you

This may seem controversial, but it’s actually a cat’s way of saying that they trust you. When you meet a new cat, they will often sit somewhere facing you. They do this to keep an eye on you and to be aware of sudden movements. Once the cat has decided that you’re okay and trustworthy, they will turn their back to you as a sign that they trust you won’t invade their personal space and will protect them when needed.

Repeating the same meow when walking outside with you

The title of this behavior may be a bit unclear, but most cat-owners will understand and have experienced behavior like this. Sometimes, when you’re walking out and meet your cat, they will start meowing over and over again. It’s for a bizarre reason, actually. Cats view us as big, hairless, clumsy cats. They also know that being outside isn’t very safe. So, when you’re walking out, and your cat notices that this big hairless cat is stumbling around the neighborhood, they will tell you to turn back and go home. Often, they will continue walking with you to make sure you’re safe until you get back home.

Making bread

Comfortable cats will often start kneading something with their paws. This can be a blanket, pillow, or a human. Kneading is another behavior that comforts cats as they have done so since they were still a kitten. Kittens knead their moms' breasts to produce more milk, it gives them comfort and makes them feel happy. So, when your kitty is massaging away on your legs or stomach, it means that they feel at home and comfortable. Cherish that moment!

Hanging around

Similar to the back-facing position, cats show their affection differently. Cats are basically introverts. They love you and being in your presence, but they don’t necessarily need to cuddle. When a cat wants pets, they’ll let you know. In any other case, you will do well by acknowledging their presence without touching them. A cat that’s sitting at a close distance from you, either facing you or showing their back, wants to be near you. Sometimes they feel especially affectionate and will sit beside you or on your lap. If your cat is looking at you, you may want to blink slowly at them to confirm that you respect their personal space but appreciate their presence.

 

Cats are curious and intelligent, but also quite introverted. All the above signs show that they care about you. You can show your affection by blinking at them, grooming them, and respecting their boundaries.

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