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Cats are known for their indifference, independence and solitary nature. But, no matter how solitary you think your cat is, there are ways in which he will show you how much he loves you and needs your attention. It can be a little hard to tell sometimes. Watch out for these telltale signs. They are a classic indicator that he considers himself to be a part of your family.
- Forehead touch – Even if it is only for a split second, head bunting, which is a slight and almost imperceptible forehead to chin nuzzle from your cat, means that your cat trusts you and enjoys spending time with you.
- The Kneader – This is one of the most commonly observed behaviors in household cats. You might have noticed your own cat doing it and probably wondered what it means. The milk tread, or kneading, happens when your cat flexes his front paws and relaxes them against a soft object. The gesture originates from the time they were kittens and they use this behavior to simulate milk release from the teat of their mothers while nursing. However, there are a lot of cats that tend to keep up the behavior when they are content or when they are on something soft.
- Tail twitch – It might be hard to believe, but not all cat tail twitches mean the same thing. It is true that a lot of cats puff out their tails when they are scared or annoyed. However, if your cat approaches you with his tail hoisted up in the air and the tip of the tail twitches back and forth, then it is a sign of affection.
- Purr power – One of the most commonly recognized signs of love from your household cat are the steady and rhythmic sounds that he emits when he exhales or inhales. In common parlance, this is referred to as purring. This is a sign of contentment and a throaty purr in your presence means that he is happy to relax, kick back and be spoiled by you.
- Attention getter – If your cat is fed up with your attention being diverted on other things, he will let you know. Whether it is cramming himself in the nook of your arm while you are sleeping or walking across your laptop when you are working, these interruptions mean that he loves you and he is ready for extra affection.
- Gift giver – It can be quite gross when your cat gives you a dead bird, mouse or any other animal as a present. But think of it this way if your cat brings you his dead prized possession, he is actually sharing his prey with you, which is a sign of friendship.