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February 13, 2022

The sign that proves your cat adores you

The sign that proves your cat adores you
Dr. Chris Brown
by CHRIS BROWN

Know the signs and you’ll truly believe cats are screaming ‘I love you’ with all these actions. But there’s one that stands out from all the rest... 

I won’t hear a word that cats are ‘independent’ or aloof. Certainly not on this day. They can’t help but show their love and affection in so many ways that it’s often hard to count. But seeing as though we’re here, let me do it for you…
1. Purring loudly. Usually 5am next to your head…
2. Kneading imaginary dough on your stomach
3. The leg rub on the walk past
4. The slow blink. The most subtle of all…
5. Rolling from side to side in front of you. Hint. They want a pat!
6. Grooming you. That lick means a lot.

And while these are all a big deal, there’s one that stands tall above all others. It’s the head butt…



Chances are that first head butt will come as a surprise. But it actually marks a significant moment in your relationship. Because that ‘butt is about more than just rubbing your cat’s cheek scent glands on your face, sharing cologne and marking you as their territory. In fact, for dogs and cats, putting their face so close to yours implies peak levels of trust and togetherness. It’s why the headbutt is a favourite amongst prides of lions.


There’s no doubt the headbutt can also have a slightly sneaky side benefit. It’s a guaranteed attention seeking technique that almost always has results. A face full of fur and whiskers will do that. But should you do it back to cats? Well, in short, yes. While they might be a little surprised at first, it’s a quick way of saying that trust and love goes both ways.
 
So my advice…embrace the butt! It’s packed full of love…

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