Have you ever noticed how your cat loves to catch the first ray of sunlight in the morning? Whether it s on the floor or by a window, your cat is right there soaking it all up. This is because cats prefer resting in warm places. According to
temperature receptors of cats, especially their faces, are especially sensitive, so cats love seeking out heat. Cats seek out external heat sources so their bodies don t have to work as hard to maintain a base temperature. This may be why you might wake up with your kitty on your head, because your head is the warmest place! Listen to the audio version of this article If you talk to people who donвt like cats or who arenвt familiar with them, theyвll probably be quick to tell you cats donвt show affection. They may praise the way show affection but refer to cats as snobby or aloof. I think a big part of the problem is people are trying to compare dog behavior to cat behavior. It may seem ridiculously obvious to you, but there are so many people out there who still need to be told that cats arenвt dogs.
One species isnвt better than the other в theyвre just different. So it makes sense they would show affection differently as well. Every cat is an individual so there are many ways your particular cat may display affection, but here are just some of the common ways they show their love: This isВ the name for the displayed when a cat seems to literally butt his head against you. He may come up onto your lap and his head against your chin, nose or forehead. Cats have glands on their face and itвs a very common social behavior for one cat to bunt the head of another familiar feline buddy. This isnвt just a scent exchange behavior but also an affectionate display. Cats also have glands along their cheeks and they may rub against people, another cat friend or even an object. The pheromones (scent chemicals) located along the cheek and on the cat s head are associated with friendliness, affection and familiarity. Cats facially rub on people or objects when they feel comfortable or familiar. Also known as the tread, this behavior consists of the cat flexing and relaxing his front paws against a soft object.
It originated when the cat was a kitten and used the milk treading behavior to stimulate the release of milk from the motherвs teat during nursing. Many adult cats maintain that behavior when theyвre on a soft surface or feeling very content. Purring is complex because it is something cats do when theyвre happy, content and relaxed but they also do it when theyвre scared, sick or injured. It has been theorized that purring is something cats do when they are very content or as a self-soothing mechanism in a tense environment, as well as an attempt to soothe potential attackers. Purring is also believed to have healing qualities as the frequency of the purr may help the acceleration of bone mending. If your cat is curled up in your lap and youвre stroking him as he purrs, thereвs an excellent chance heвs content and is letting you know by the sound of that beautiful, velvety motor. Cats who have a good relationship may engage in mutual grooming.
Itвs a way they show affection to each other and it also helps create a communal scent. In an environment, this is important since scent plays such a huge role in recognition. Grooming is also a -reliever and displacement behavior so allogrooming may help keep each other calm. When your cat starts grooming you, itвs often his way of showing affection and mixing his scent with yours. This common affectionate display is one way a cat may convey that he is relaxed and comfortable with you. Many cat parents also return the favor by doing a slow back at the cat. When a cat takes a stretched out position for resting, it shows he feels comfortable with you. When a cat is uncertain, he tends to tuck his limbs under his body and tightly wraps his tail around himself when resting. For a cat to leave his limbs and tail totally exposed means he feels very secure near you. If the cat is not in a confrontation, he may also stretch out so much that heвs on his back with his tummy exposed. This is the ultimate in trust and relaxation because he is exposing a very vulnerable body part.
Donвt confuse this posture with a cat who is exposing his tummy during a battle. In that particular situation, itвs a defensive position displayed to warn an opponent that should the battle continue, all weapons (teeth and claws) will be used. So when interpreting body postures, you always have to take the immediate into account. A catвs can tell so much about what the cat is feeling. A tail held high with a little hook at the end usually means your catВ is happy and confident. Many cats will also give the tail tip a little flick as a greeting when they see you. Your cat may sit on your lap, sit next to you, lay on top of you when youвre in bed, or he may just lean his back against your arm as you work on the computer. Just the fact that he wants to be in close physical contact with you is quite the compliment. Cats can carry on all kinds of conversations and there s no such thing as a simple, but many cats issue a special mew or aВ little В when their cat parents enter the room. В