Do cats want to be loved?
Do Cats Want to Be Loved?
Cats seem to be much less likely to show their affection for their owners than dogs, but does this mean they don’t want to be loved?
Some scientists think cats do feel an emotional bond with their humans. But understanding what that means is a complex task.
Give them a gift associated with what they like to do.
Most of us cat owners are awed by our feline companions. They are arguably the most intelligent of all domesticated animals, and they often provide a plethora of services beyond food, water, and shelter. They also do things like hunt, albeit less than humans, so the fact that they are able to do it on their own is impressive.
The best way to woo your kitty is to offer them a little something special that they will likely find more exciting than their food and shelter. It may be something as small as a new toy, or as large as a trip to the vet. The more interesting the better, and the more likely they will be to reward you for your efforts by coming by and bringing you their latest finds. The best part is you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about the mess they might make. Getting a pet is a great way to start a lifelong relationship, and there is no doubt that you will be a better human being for the experience.
Pet them often.
If you’re like most pet parents, you probably feel that cats are less interested in being loved than dogs. But despite their reputation for aloofness, they do want affection and will often display it in a variety of ways.
As a rule, cats prefer to be the ones who initiate contact and will usually respond to petting from head, neck and chin levels. However, some will recoil or even experience pain from a tail stroke, so it’s best to take your time and always respect their preferences.
One way to tell if your cat is feeling comfortable is by slow eye blinks and rubbing their forehead and sides against your hand as a form of “bunting.” They also love the sound of their own voice, so if you meow or coo during a tender moment, they’ll know it’s because you care. It’s also helpful to keep up with regular veterinary visits for preventive health checkups, which can help you notice signs of illness early so that they can get the treatment they need.
Give them a safe place to sleep.
Cats like to sleep on a perch, high off the ground. This helps them feel safe from predators, which is part of their instinct to protect themselves.
In addition, it gives them a panoramic view to keep an eye on any potential prey they may encounter. In fact, cats will often retreat to a high vantage point in the wild as they hunt.
The position is also an opportunity for them to get out of the way if they need to escape or if they need to protect themselves from other cats, children, or pets in the home.
Ideally, each cat in your home should have their own comfortable and protected sleeping spot. This will help reduce tensions between cats, and ultimately lead to happier and healthier pets and their owners.
Let them know you’re there for them.
As with dogs, cats have a special bond with humans. They understand human language, and they often use eye contact to communicate with their people.
If you want to make your cat feel loved, try lowering your eyes and making long slow blinks. This is a gesture they can understand, and it means “I mean you no harm.”
You can also rub their head or chin. This is a good way to let them know you like what they’re doing and that you appreciate it.
While this is a subtle form of affection, it’s a great way to get your cat to trust you. Keeping your hand away from their tummy is also an important part of this process, as this is something that can be very stressful for them.
If you’re a new cat owner, it can be hard to figure out their body language and how to make them comfortable with you. But with a little patience, you can learn to read your cat’s signals and become their BFF!