Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How Cats Show Love *

My cats belong to Catster and I found his really great article there on How Cats Display Affection, which I'd like to share with all cat owners visiting Meow Diaries.

Blinking: Cats usually meet strangers and potential adversaries (feline, human, and otherwise) with an unblinking, unflinching stare. In the cat world, the ultimate gesture of trust and acceptance is for one model to close its eyes in the company of another. A feline that greets its owner's presence with long, unconcerned blinks or languid, half-closed eyes is signaling deep trust.

Grooming: The fact that your cat allows you to groom it signifies a deep level of trust and acceptance. In the wild, cats employ mutual grooming as a stress-relieving and relationship-building gesture. Sometimes a particularly demonstrative cat will groom its human owner.

Head Rubbing: Cats' faces contain scent glands that they use to mark their territory. When a cat rubs its face determinedly against its owner, it is both displaying affection and "marking" that person as its exclusive property.

Kneading: Rhythmically pressing its front paws against its owner recreates the "milk tread" kittens use during nursing to stimulate milk flow from their mother.

Stomach Display: Occasionally a feline may roll over and show its stomach to you. Revealing its soft underbelly is as profound a gesture of trust as any feline can provide. Remember, however, that this is not necessarily an invitation for you to scratch its stomach. Indeed, doing so may cause the cat to switch rapidly into defense mode.

Source: Catster

All my three cats show the above signs. But again I'm a little jealous of B because Benji always kneads him and never me! putuscinte


Bill,  August 12, 2009 at 4:19 AM  

great information there Marzie i love cats but were i live we are not allowed to have pets. :'(

Mariuca,  August 12, 2009 at 5:00 AM  

Yay Bill! Which blog here today? :)

Mariuca,  August 12, 2009 at 5:00 AM  

I found the article very informative too Bill…oh no too bad you’re not allowed pets, they make a great companion! :)

LadyJava,  August 12, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

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LadyJava,  August 12, 2009 at 7:07 AM  

My four kids all shows sign like the above GP.. and the new visitor.. we call her Awan Cloud.. lol... is even showing us her tummy edi.. ehhehe..

Genie King,  August 12, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

Meow! Great info on cats and their feelings...I wonder if there is anything about doggies too for when I get one. Cheers!

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Nessa,  August 12, 2009 at 9:05 AM  

Hi Marzie!

Thanks for sharing. Now baru la I tahu. Those days I hated it when cats back home come and rub its kepala on my legs. And they like to 'garu-garu' oso... soft-soft but sometimes geli la... hehe

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Bill,  August 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

Paradise please mi Amiga thanks. :)

Karen,  August 12, 2009 at 7:03 PM  

Great list and my cats do all these things. Glad to know they love me! I will share this on my Friday "Things I Learned This Week" post at with a link back here.

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Your Daily Cute,  August 12, 2009 at 10:22 PM  

Aw, I love it. I saw this on Catster too! So cute. :)

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Shinade aka Jackie,  August 13, 2009 at 1:46 AM  

Great information Marzie for non cat owners. I am definitely Puma's territory. He is a mama's boy. I get the forehead to forehead rub every evening. :) :)

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Shinade aka Jackie,  August 13, 2009 at 1:48 AM  

Rascal is still just marking me with his side glands. He is reserving the forehead glands right now for Puma. I think this may remain for a while though as Rascal is identifying and acknowledging puma as his master and 1st in line in the house. Just guessing here but I think that is what is happening!!

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Shinade aka Jackie,  August 13, 2009 at 1:51 AM  

Casper is so beautiful. Rascal is very pretty but Puma was such the rough and tough Tom cat that he looks so rugged in all of the pictures I take of him.

His ears are all scarred from fighting and he has damage to one eye. I am glad that in his old age he has settled down and stopped fighting!!

Happy day...Bill never ever visits me...I cry!! :'( :'( maybe someday soon!! I've got to get going and do some drops. Walter is home and taking care of me and the house!! He is my angel!! O:-) O:-)

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laketrees,  August 13, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

very interesting info Mariuca...
I would never guessed....
have a lovely day 8-) 8-)

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Monica,  August 14, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

Morning Mariuca! :* :* :*

Metz,  August 14, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

HI Marzie and wonder kitties,

Mr Tiger has shown all of these signs to just a few of us hehehe :) Pretty cool facts :) at least now I know how Mr Tiger thinks somehow :)

Since it is the weekend again too - Have a great and restful weekend :) me I have to prepare as me and my company is preparing to meet our country's President this monday :) wish us luck :) xoxo

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