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8 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

Cats can be independent and aloof, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little love and attention from their humans. Here are 8 ways to show your cat that you care.

1. Do a slow blink.

Blinking is the simplest way to tell your cat, “I love you.” Just look into the eyes of your cat for a few seconds, then blink slowly. If you find your cat responds to you in the same way, it means your pet is smiling at you.

2. Ask your cat, “How are you doing?”

Please don’t ask this question out loud. When you walk into a room and your cat sees you, just look at your pet and slightly move your head back, pushing your chin forward as if you would like to ask them, “How are you doing?” It’s a great start to a conversation.

3. Do a 3-step handshake.

A cat may react negatively to an attempt to stroke it. Before doing this, you need to ask permission. First, blink slowly. Second, present something with your scent on it for your cat to explore, like your glasses or your hairbrush.

Next, offer your hand to your cat. Extend your hand in a relaxed way and treat one of your fingers like a cat nose. If your cat trusts you, it will let you pet them.

4. Create a safe and comfortable environment.

Cats need a place to hide and retreat when they’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Providing a cozy bed or cardboard box for them to hide in can go a long way in making them feel loved and secure.

5. Headbutt your cat.

Cats have their own way of communicating. Headbutting is a friendly sign that your cat finds you attractive. Returning your cat’s headbutt is a good way to say to your pet, “I love you.”

6. Have playtime.

Cats need mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Offer your pet plenty of toys, scratching posts, and places to climb and play. Have fun with your cat regularly to ensure they remain your best friend.

7. Provide regular medical care.

Cats rely on their humans to make sure they’re healthy and well cared for. Make sure to take them to the vet for regular check-ups and to get any necessary treatments.

8. Respect your cat’s boundaries.

Cats are creatures of habit, and they may not always be in the mood for attention. It’s important to respect their boundaries and give them space when they need it. Never force your cat to socialize. Doing this can make your cat aggressive and scared.

We think cats are absolutely gorgeous. They can be very affectionate and great companions for people of all ages. Do you have a cat? Please share photos of your pet with us in the comments!

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