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Mother cats teach their kittens to inhibit biting, so kittens removed from mom at a young age may nip more. Encourage acceptable behavior by offering toys to pounce on instead.

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How Your Cat Says "I Love You"

By Darcy Lockman

How Your Cat Says \

Amy Morgan of Brooklyn, New York, first knew that her calico cat Ruki loved her after he'd been living in her home for about two weeks. "I was in bed, and out of the corner of my half-opened eye, I saw him patiently waiting for me to wake up. The second I moved, he jumped on top of me, purring and kneading my chest wildly. Ever since, he's done that every morning. It's a great way to wake up."

But do cats love? And do they show it by kneading? "Absolutely," says Jackson Galaxy, a Redondo Beach, California-based cat behaviorist. "A friend of mine says it best: cats are the masters of detached love. She's talking about how cats can seem aloof and unfeeling. They express love in ways that baffle us."

Galaxy decodes seven of your furry friend's signals of l'amour.

1. Grooming
Grooming is the first way that kittens experience care. Mothers groom their kittens from birth, and so licking and being licked become associated with the serenity of being with mom. "Litter mates as they grow older, if they're adopted together, will groom each other for life," says Galaxy. If your cat is licking you, it's a sign of its affection.

2. Purring
A kitten is first guided to its mother's nipples by her purr. As a result, purring is associated with milk and the feeling of satisfaction. And kittens purr back. "It's almost like a Marco Polo type of game: call and response. It's life affirming to them," says Galaxy. "There's debate as to what the purr signifies later in a cat's life, but we do know they purr to sooth themselves -- the purring lowers their heart rate." If your cat is not injured or stressed, purring in your presence is likely related to feeling cared for by you, just as it was cared for by its mother.

3. Rubbing
Cats show affection to other cats, dogs and humans by rubbing against them. (Rubbing includes paw kneading, as in the case with Morgan's calico.) Says Galaxy, "When your cat puts its scent on you, it's saying something like, 'You and I belong together because I smell you on me and you smell me on you.' It's a scent complement." Kneading is also a throwback to kittenhood, when a kitten kneads its mom's teat in order to stimulate the flow of milk. Allowing the rubbing is essential to your relationship with your cat, and you won't smell a thing.

4. Mock Spraying
Male cats spray concentrated urine when claiming territory. In claiming you, your male cat may act as if he is spraying -- backing up toward you with a quivering tail -- but will not actually produce a spray. "They have so many scent glands to rub, they don't need to spray us," says Galaxy. Unfortunately for their human caretakers, an insecure cat may also show love by urinating in its owner's bed. "My clients sometimes mistake this for aggression. It's actually a compliment."

5. Gumming
Is Fluffy rubbing its gums on you? Yep, that's one more way in which your cat may attempt to blend its scent with yours.

6. Blinking
It's been referred to as "the cat I love you." This visual signal usually consists of a stare, followed by a blink, an open eye, and then a soft second blink. "It's actually a sign of trust, like showing you its belly," says Galaxy, who mimics the blink with cats he works with when trying to gain their confidence. "It's a form of communication I know works. Do it a few times with your own cat. They'll begin returning it to you."

7. Gifting
When your cat brings you a dead mouse, it's not a present in the traditional sense. "What seems like an obvious sign of affection is something that comes from a dog or human-centric viewpoint. When a cat brings a dead mouse home, they're saying, 'I bring this thing to my safe place.' It's more a demonstration that your cat feels supremely safe in the home you share. That, too, is a compliment."

To return your cat's affection, Galaxy recommends following its lead. "Experiment. Present your hand and see where your cat forces it. You'll find out what your cat likes to feel." Your cat will discover that people, too, are capable of feeling love.

Darcy Lockman is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Daily Cat. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

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Posted on January 16, 2012

Julia says: When he was younger my cat, Herman Einstein, would like to sit on any extra seat and plop down on his side when we had company and look like he was partaking in the conversation. But now when people visit our home he hisses at visitors and sometimes even throws out a claw at them, so much so that we have to nowadays put him in the basement whilst our visitors are here. It's almost like 2 different cats. Why did he change so drastically?

Posted on November 14, 2011

Stephanie says: George, i have a cat that bites as well, but I have taught her to be gentle. She does it playfully and affectionately. And sometimes they bite to let you know they don't want to be pet anymore. Cats will take verbal cues from you. My cats know, "that's not yours, no bite, gentle, no claws, bedtime, shower time, treat, where's your toy" It took a bit of time, but the verbal works best for me.

Posted on June 28, 2011

Marie says: My cat, Garfield, loves affection - constantly, as does his brother, Bandit. They are the most affectionate cats I've ever had... Garfield likes to lick my nose! I don't know why, but it is annoying sometimes. He comes into bed and insists on licking my nose - nothing else...

Posted on April 29, 2011

Jane Chambers says: I had to bring my cat home early (4 weeks), and he made little hickeys on my neck by sucking on it for hours on end. When he got his permanent teeth in, this became painful, and i had to wean him. It was a painful time, but I have something to show for it-- his baby teeth in a locket! He is 16 years old now and still thinks I am his mother! Have a wonderful day. Jane

Posted on May 5, 2011

Muse Gloria says: I've heard that they've measured the frequency of a cat's purr and determined that when in proximity to an injury or cut that it will accelerate the healing. And, one of my cats shows his affection by plopping onto the floor and stretching to display his tummy, as if to say, "I feel so safe around you, please rub my tummy."

Posted on May 12, 2011

RR says: My cat loves to headbutt me and I find myself looking forward to it, he also gives me kitty kisses, love that little guy so much. Well he not so little he is 15lbs.

Posted on May 13, 2011

BGR says: I can't believe someone else knows about the cat love "you blink". I live with several cats and when one is staring at me because I am giving attention to another I blink, they blink back, and they calm down. I started doing this because I noticed one of my cats would blink at me, so I blinked back.

Posted on June 22, 2011

Julia says: I have 2 sucks on my finger till he goes to sleep and the other licks my face and kneeds me every morning...what is this??

Posted on January 12, 2011

Kelly says: in his own version of "gifting," my older cat brought home a LIVE chipmunk one day! he had it in his mouth and was banging on the door with his paws! when i told him through the door to drop it, he did, but quickly picked it back up, looking at me like, "open the door already, i'm gonna lose him again!" i told him: pets aren't allowed to have pets! LOL it was the funniest thing i have ever seen a cat do in my life, and i've had loads of cats! my two male cats do all of the things above. my younger cat has licked me since the day he adopted me.  the really weird thing he does, though, that i've never had a cat do, is that he bites my nose! he doesn't nip it, he clamps down around the bridge of my nose with his whole mouth! idk what it is? he does it when he is licking my nose, and he doesn't do it every time. i don't want to stop him from licking my nose just because i am afraid of that bite, but boy, that bite hurts! he also head-butts me. maybe he is just rough by nature? my other cat is much more subtle.

Posted on January 18, 2011

Raphael says: Ruki is a "she." That's because tri-colored cats (Calicos and Tortoise Shells) are almost always female. The only exception is when the cat has an extremely rare chromosomal disorder.

Posted on February 26, 2011

Dee says: This is so true. Cats are amazing. I had an asthma attack last year and my boyfriend's cat ran in and sat right with me until it passed...blew my mind but that was just the beginning of her showing love to me. She's standoffish unless you're my boyfriend but now she's right by my side daily until he wakes up and stays with me while he works for the most part.

Posted on February 28, 2011

Vicky says: My lovely Patches once spent a lot of time licking off a liniment I had applied to my wrist. It had to taste nasty, truly evil, but she did not stop until she had removed all of that 'noxious' substance from my skin. What a loving thing for her to do.

Posted on March 10, 2011

Link Savoie says: I can assume that all of the above are ture----my cat "Maggie" is deeply in love with me--as I am with her.

Posted on March 25, 2011

Pat Piazza says: Loved the article but then again I adore cats.

Posted on July 12, 2008

Michelle says: This site is awesome! My cat is 1 and she licks my face all of the time. she especially likes to lick when she is sleepy and will lick with her eyes closed while sleeping. I think it is so cute and am glad it is not some kind of vitamin deficiency.

Posted on December 15, 2008

Jean Alvarez says: I adopted two litter mates (Calvin and Hobbes ) when they were 8 weeks old , they are now nine months old . We have bonded well and I adore them both. Hobbes has a habit of gently nipping fingers while in my lap while I am petting him . He is purring and very contented and just gently nips . Should I be concerned? I have had cats before that bit aggressively .

Posted on October 11, 2009

dawnmarie says: Pepper is a male affectionate 16 mo. old..once a night I am aware that he comes up on the bed and puts his nose under mine. Is he checking to see if I am breathing? heard this might be so.

Posted on December 15, 2009

Charla says: This is great as my cat does all these things, he is 19 months old (copper & white) named Lucky as I was NOT a cat person (at all and i was 49 years old then, no kids) until he was retrieved from under my house with no family and was only 3 ounces, I had NO choice but to become a cat person and just 6 weeks ago I got a baby at 6 weeks old and her name is Angel (gray & white & black) and I saw the other day that Lucky was actually cleaning her and he was just gettin with it now I bet he cleaned on her for 30 minutes I thought it was awesome, he has let her know he is boss but he has never hurt her and they get along pretty good, he still stays mad at me and is just now starting to sleep with me again. And what I am wanting to know is that Lucky is a really loud breather when he is asleep; is that normal? It is almost as if he is conjested but he has been this way from day one. He also does a lot of moaning and groaning and twitching, is all that normal?

Posted on January 5, 2010

GEORGE PATTERSON says: my cat lick my arm then she start nibbing and bitting some times she draw blood. why do she do that?

Posted on September 25, 2010

Cathie Powell says: My cat Bella loves to lay in my lap, in bed before she moves to her blanket,etc. Any time when my eyes are closed, she will start clawing my face & eyes. O.K., I can figure that one out, but when I bend over, she grabs my face or hair & pulls me closer to her face. When she wants me to come to bed, she jumps into my chair & claws my face, nostrils or lips, pulling me close. When she is behind me & I bend over, she jumps up & puts her claws into my buttocks! Even when I am scratching her tummy, which she begs for, she will curl up to my face (while being scratched or rubbed) & grabs my face & pulls me down closer to her face. The only thing is, she does not like her face touched. I have never had any of my cats do this! Why does she do this

Posted on May 11, 2008

Will Mendes says: Recently, my 7 cats came down with a winter cold. Not all at the same time, but you knew if one of the guys had it odds are great that everyone will get it. Well, the colds last between 7-10 days and they REALLY look bad. They require alot of attention and love. I found that by giving them a crushed up and liquifyed half of vitamin c in an eyedropper greatly helps. I've also read that in home remedy websites. Anyone else heard of this??

Posted on May 31, 2008

Angel Weber says: I have had mostly Persians for about 40 years now. I have noticed that they usually carry their tails low, but when I come home, they run to the door with their tails in the air like flagpoles. When they are happy, they seem to raise their tails. I have found this to be true, regardless of the cats I have had, including one Persian mix and one Norwegian Forest mix. Angel, Deerfield Beach, FL

Posted on June 11, 2008

Cella says: my cat urinated on my front of me...and i had thought at the time that he was angry with me, now i know.

Posted on June 21, 2008

Charlene says: Callie, my tuxedo calico cat wants me to brush her often. I don't mind brushing her twice a day, but she seems to want it much more. She will go in the bathroom and wait in the area where I do this service for her. When I get there she will look at me and I know what she wants. Also she loves to drink from the faucet and she's getting larger and it's getting to be a stretch for her to do that. I keep fresh water out for her in two places in the house but she rarely drinks from her bowls. She is very healthy. When I peel a banana she wants a few small bites, also likes a bite or two of strawberries and peaches. Is this good for her?

Posted on June 24, 2008

julie calabrese says: I have tried eyewash, powders, prescription eye medicine, cannot get rid of the stains on my cats face from his watery eyes. can you reccommend a product/

Posted on June 24, 2008

julie calabrese says: I have tried eyewash, powders, prescription eye medicine, cannot get rid of the stains on my cats face from his watery eyes. can you reccommend a product/

Posted on April 12, 2008

JoAnn says: Our daughter & her husband just had a new baby so we got our daughters cat to keep. he is 13 years old.He's been here before & was very comfortable here before. Now we have 2 small dogs here also which were rescue dogs.The cat is not to sure about them yet.How long will it take.

Posted on April 13, 2008

obsessivekat says: okay... i would say every cat i have ever had loved me dearly they have all done all of those to me... I love them too... and they are the most incredible creatures in the world...

Posted on April 13, 2008

weird Steph says: My new cat, kitty 1 y/o, loves fingers! When you try to pet him he usually backs up sniffs your fingers and then licks them and chews on the towards the back of his mouth, kind of like he's teething or something... any suggestions on what this is... he also kneads the pillows/blankets, purring loudly, then continues while humping them. When he's finished he then "cleans" his manly parts. He's fixed. Any suggestions? Also my fat cat, Bubba 3 y/o and 16lbs despite dieting and exercise, snores/wheezes when he sleeps. Sometimes when he's just laying around... should i be worried. He doesnt seem to be having a problem breathing and it's not all the time. any suggestions? My other cat, satan 1 y/o siamese mix, loves to give kisses... you say, give me kisses and he puts is nose up like to smell your face and waits for a kiss on the nose! and is always running around the house meowing/purring- like he's saying "Hmmmm" my cat's are great!! Love em to death.

Posted on April 13, 2008

Where may I find a list of sick cat symptoms says: help-my healthy cat is now running a temp, nose hot,not himself, laying all the time now. not feeling well. dry nose, did eat a little this morn.

Posted on April 20, 2008

Erica says: Just was reading and thought id answer some of the question s posted here...anyway. to a cats tail! i don't know but i do know they love being petted at least my siamese does. to paws at baskets that is a kitten trait if he head claws hed be kneading your baskets. it is also called ',making biskuts'. It is a trait from kittenhood when they kneeded their mothers teats to get milk thus when they 'paw' as you call it or knead they are very happy. as for the running. its something indoor cats do when they have too much energy. play with your cat more and she/he won't do it so much. thats all.

Posted on April 21, 2008

Janine Jenkins says: I catch my cat staring at me a lot. Many times she starts blinking and I know what that means. I'm not sure what it means when she just stares and if I stop looking at her sometimes she'll lightly hit me to get my attention. Eventually she walks off when she's done. Midnite will even go to another room and stare. Sometimes I think she's not really happy with me and needs to get away from me. I know I bug her if I pet her too long, but she's just the cutest cat. Midnite has much attitude and is spoiled rotten. I really wanted a boy cat. Thought I had picked a male...I didn't look well enough obviously. I think we communicate well, I just want to be better. Any suggestions?

Posted on April 10, 2008

Cheri says: Our 4 1/2 old neutered male cat recently began howling and also growling during the night now. He has always slept on the bed with us, but goes into another room to howl. When he growls (which is very disturbing, by the way), he is usually either staring at the bed or laying on the bed. Has anyone else been through this? What could this mean and what can we do to stop it?

Posted on March 25, 2008

Kim says: If you are noticing that your unfixed female cat is pulling out her hair or has balding spots, is stressed out and easily frightening or is urinating out of her litter box, get her fixed! My indoor cat did this for 1 1/2 years before i figured out what the problem was. I thought she was literally crazy. Now she is still a little skittish, but otherwise a normal and happy cat! I just wish i would have known sooner.

Posted on March 27, 2008

Ariana Jackson says: I think you guys sould add tricks for cats and kittens. I was looking for it!

Posted on March 27, 2008

Ariana Jackson says: How do I teach my kitten realy safe tricks?

Posted on March 27, 2008

emily says: We have a 7mo. old kitten. She bites & claws us. our other 2 cat's are senior cat's they never did this. we've had many cat's over the years they never bit anyone. please send us an email answer. Thanks, Emily

Posted on March 31, 2008

richelle says: i think that picture is super adorable !!!!! richelle

Posted on April 4, 2008

Jeanne says: I have an orange tabbie I call Sushie - see looks like a piece of salmon...When I'm working at my computer she wants to help me type - she walks on the keyboard - if I try and ignore her she smacks me with her paw and as I call it - she plays 'goat' with head butting.....I like when she's looking out the window and tries talking to the birds - I'm in trouble if they answer.

Posted on April 6, 2008

Nicole says: I want to teach my female two year-old cat how to do simple tricks, like "paw", Ive tried before but she dosent listen. Please respond.

Posted on March 16, 2008

Rollin says: It has been our experience that cats show affection by head butting - pressing their heads against yours, etc. We have observed this in cats, large and small. Our red tabby male, Purrrcival regularly buts, we have friends with large cats - Canadian Lynx and Bob cats that regularly bu for affection. Rollin

Posted on March 19, 2008

Cheryl says: My male cat, adopted at age 5, often gets a piece of blanket in his mouth and proceeds to knead with all four feet, purring all the while. If you remove the piece of blanket from his muth, he stops immediately, otherwise, this can go on for several minutes. What is this about? Cheryl

Posted on March 20, 2008

Cara says: What about our cat who crawls on my lap or my husband's, purring and then we pet her, but after a little while she gets "playful" - that's what we've called it so far. She starts biting and getting aggressive when we push her away because we don't like the biting and grabbing. I'm ready to get rid of her because of this and some other issues! Help?

Posted on March 21, 2008

Diane Paula French says: Sam I am does not bite, but while loving us, purring, head butting, he will take our hand in his mouth but not bite, just lightly nip, very lightly. what does this mean.

Posted on March 22, 2008

Alyssa says: Hi, I'm Alyssa, our family has been having problems with our cat. Two or so months ago our cat has been attacking us for no apparent reason. Sometime last year we had to bottle feed him because his mother abandoned when he was only three days old. Why is he doing this? What does it mean? please reply back

Posted on February 29, 2008

Ellnell says: Help! Have 2 tabbys 6mos old,love to play w/water. They splash and play attack their water in its bowl, totally emptying it. Have it in a tray to catch mess but they absorb excess on their fur by playing in it and end up w/no water to drink. They don't mind being squirted w/water bottle at all. Have tried all sorts of things. Any ideas out there of how to stop this?

Posted on March 13, 2008

Judy Strong says: Our cat Sushi has been removing the hair from her legs and stomach area. We had her blood tested and all was normal. Can you give us some insight at to why this is happening and what we can do about it? - Sushi is about 8 years old and this behavior has been present for the past 1/2 year or so.

Posted on March 15, 2008

Jerri says: I've tried everything you can think of to break my Ocicat to stop biting. I think she has some kind of mental problem cause no matter what I do she bites! I'm at my wits end!

Posted on March 15, 2008

INGRID F CORTES says: i dont know what to do. i have a black male cat that i had ever since he was a kitten. he keeps attacking and going on top of my other male cat. he doesnt go after the female but after the male and he is hurting him and even making him bleed.i even scream at him angrily but he doesn't seem to care.

Posted on March 16, 2008


Posted on February 28, 2008

Angela Rancourt says: I've had cats since childhood and understand them as well as anyone can. The arched back and high tail with a crook in the end of it shows a VERY happy cat. "Skittish or what?" Yes, skittish, but often the nature of cats. Some just like to be petted only on their own time, and sometimes act if they can't make up their minds. Have you tried following her to see if she's trying to tell you something? Otherwise when she turns away or jumps off your lap, ignore her, and she'll be back. Catlosing hair? Could be stress, could be an allergy, could be a skin condition, depending if it is thinnning all over, or coming out in clumps, or if it is losign hair because of constant licking (various medical and psychological possible reasons for that too). Cat clawing and howling at the door? Wants out, just to go out. If you don't want him to go out, you'll have to ignore the behaviour until it stops. Taking him out in your arms is just teasing him. Never leave a cat unattended on a leash. "Declawed cat scratching"...cats just like the activity of scratching, feels good. "Cat biting"... they will do that in play and should be discouraged. don't shout, don't hit, best training tool is to stop play immediately the biting starts, say NO, and turn away. Cat will learn that this pleasant activity stops if he bites. "Weird behaviour"...most cats when transposed to a new environment will react by hiding for a while == I had one cat who lived in the linen closet for ages after we moved to a new house. Small spaces and/or a place where they cannot be reached feel "safe". TALK... I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to talk to your pets in a conversational friendly voice about anything at all. Cats especially love what I call the "cat voice", murmuring lovingly, crooning to them, or high and light, telling them how beautiful they are, how wonderful they are, this makes you speak affectionately and warmly and they pick up on that, and love it! "Adult sister cats hissing"...this is a puzzler. Has one become more aggressive to the other? Could one be injured or sick? Are you paying more attention to one than the other? Sorry not to be more help on this one. "Gizmo"... you're freaking yourself out! Cats sense a change in family dynamics. Perhaps he knows you are upset and wants to help. Perhaps the absence of your husband (a male) has made him feel more important in the household. Even neutered cats retain their nature of male or female, and react in different ways to men and women, or their presence. "Water drinking"... this is so cute given that cats are not supposed to like water! It's just an idiosyncracy. some cats and dogs do the same thing with food, use their paws like little hands. "Paws"... those extra toes are called "dewclaws" and are very common. "Running through the house"... this is just a perfect example of wacky cat behaviour, and one of the reasons we love them. A well-known comedian had a great skit about how a cat will be in one room then - Zip, I have to be in another room RIGHT NOW. A scream to watch. Cats have a wonderful ability to amuse themselves and this is one amusing example of this. "Hair rubbing"... I had a cat who did this too, loved to nestle in my hair. I'm not sure if it means they were weaned too early, and are dimulating the feel of lying next to mummy's tunny hair, or what. For sure he loves you to want to be so close, especially to your mouth which could be used to bite him (in cat thought). So he trusts you and loves you a lot! "Bringing home mice, birds"...I've never heard the reason to be that it is because they feel "safe" in your house. More likely a source of pride, and generosity -- "look what I brought you and am sharing with you", or an enclosed space in which to "play" with the prey. My cats continually bring their "treasures" through the cat door to get them into the house. I have been able to make many rescues this way, as they are foten alive at this point. One thing to remember, don't shout at the cat, they'll just stop bringing them home. Say "good cat", approach slowly, sometimes they'll run away with it, sometimes they'll drop it for a moment and look lovingly at you -- at which point pick up the cat and stow in a room with the door shut while you attend to the victim. sometimes they'll let you approach them slowly and then you can pry their mouths open so they drop whatever it is. Hope all this helped. We love our cats!!

Posted on February 23, 2008

michelle says: uhh??? u can make ur cat say that??

Posted on February 23, 2008

Jo Ellen says: Ok Now I know the cat ( Hamburger) really loves me. He urinates in my bed about 1 time a week = forcing me to wash all the blankets. Yesterday he went to my neighbors apartment and urinated in his bed!!!! I guess he loves him too. He even did this once while I was in the bed. How can I stop this behavior? Help Help Help!!

Posted on February 24, 2008

David Phillips says: I have a male cat, neutered and have had him and his sister for about 4 years since they were kittens. They are tabbys. The boy has always been very vocal. In the last year, he has been going to the front door of the apartment and clawing and meowing, almost howling. It's not every day, but almost. I take him out to look and there's never anything out there. When I clap my hands and get him to stop, he does for awhile, then starts again. If I tell him to "come" he come running and jumps in my lap. Do you think this just attention getting? He's been to the vet regularly and is in good health.

Posted on February 24, 2008

Beth says: I have a female 5 yr. old cat I have has since she was 8 weeks old. She has always been skittish and non-touchable. Lateley she has been crying and rubbing and asking for attention. Yet, when I reach for her she runs off. If she sits in my lap she seems to enjoy a rub, but then gets jumpy and bounds off only to repeat the whole routine. It is very confusing. Is there a natural kitty valium or some sort of leveling out of emotions fix for her???

Posted on February 24, 2008

Lenore says: He is not covering feces in litter box Other than that cat is 15 and very healthy.

Posted on February 25, 2008

Jennifer says: I have a one year old grey tabby cat, he's wonderful, I love him very much and I show him affection constantly, and one day I was laying in bed when I noticed my cat was starring at me. I looked over and he started winking at me, so I kept winking at him, until my boyfriend thought I was crazy haha but each time I would wink at my cat he would do it too. As well each night I wake up with my cat purring really loud and rubbing his little wet nose on my face haha I always felt like this was a sign of love am I right?

Posted on February 26, 2008

Ahava says: I adopted my daughters Ragdoll over a year ago. My daughter had a large house and Lilly was in the background. I have a 2 bedroom apartment, and she is overly close. Always needing, crawling on my lap, can't get close enough. Very moody if I am gone too long--really acts this out. She pouts when I am getting ready to leave. Right now she is trying to rub my hand while I type. I have always loved cats, but she is overwhelmingly needy.

Posted on February 26, 2008

Patricia Hoffman says: Almost 3-1/2 years ago when we were going through a bad time with my brother dying of cancer I came home from a rather upsetting day and saw several of the neighborhood kids gathered around the complex garbage dumpster laughing and thowing stones,I walked over to see what the big attraction was.Here they were stoning this little tiny kitten,I proceeded to chase them away climb in the dumpster and free the little baby,however at this point she ran away from me but I continued daily to go out and feed her and try to hold her.Other neighbors would say you'll never get her.Well after several weeks of trying and then this one particular month we had a hurricane coming and I knew I had to make a decisions,I already had 2 beautiful cats,so I sat down on the curb and looked at her she was still very skitish,I said "Dear God please give me an answer do you want me to take this precious baby into my home" at that she climbed into my lap for the very first time she rubbed against me and kneeded me and purred,I took this as my answer.When I took her to the Vet,I asked them to check her for the normal diseases,then to spay and declaw her,she was now a member of my family and every day since that day I have been paid back with such Love,she is a constant companion,no matter where I go in my place she is there,she sleeps with me,she sits in my window and waits for me when I am gone.If Iam sad or depressed she is right there.and I truly believe she remembers the kids who stoned her even though they have grown up,because she will actually make a growl sound when she sees them.She will still jump up on me and kneed me and purr so loud and she has to be at my side constantly.I truly thank the day I made the decision to take her in

Posted on February 21, 2008

maya gingery says: Think of it this way. If your cat was human and she was crying day and night after mother died, wouldn't it be a good guess that the loss of mother was emotionally devastating to her? She may not understand what happened to mother. Or she is simply grieving and trying to express it to you. I suggest contacting an animal communicator who can help Chino with her grief.

Posted on February 22, 2008

Joanne says: My 10 year old female cat was declawed way before I adopted her. However, even though she has no claws, she scratches at the foot of my bed and a wicker chair. Why?

Posted on February 19, 2008

Angie says: My Kitten is starting to bite all the time, mainly when she is playing. How do I get her to stop.

Posted on February 21, 2008

Sevi says: please call your vet! Pooping in odd places can be a behavior problem, but you should rule out health problems first. And the fact that she's losing hair is a sign that there's something wrong with her. Good luck, I hope it can be easily taken care of.

Posted on February 19, 2008

maria leonor roque says: after my mother died 2 1/2 yrs ago, chino has not stopped crying day & night. There is only few moments/times in the day or when he is asleep that he does not cry. I don't know what to do. We've had him for 17 yrs now.Is it part of him getting old..??

Posted on February 18, 2008

andrea says: my cat has seemed to take control over my other 2 cats and me he meows stares at me and follows me ever since my husband left me and we r going thru a divorce and i dont know what he wants he actually is controlling me which is scary

Posted on February 19, 2008

mike ragon says: I have been watching the cats for the neighbor and one of the cats hides in the cabinets. Stays in the dark all the time behind pots and pans. The cat knows how to open the cabnits and hides all over the house in places out of the way of any people.

Posted on February 18, 2008

Desi says: My babies are (indoor only) sister cats that were adopted together and haved lived in harmony for over 6 years. Now, all of a sudden they are having defensive & hissing (also deep growling)issues. I am perplexed as I can't think of anything that has changed in our living situation. Please help! I rent an apartment & I know the neighbors can hear the kitty screams.-Desi

Posted on February 17, 2008

meech says: my tabby, Danger, has an extra finger(?) on each paw... he uses his paws for eating , drinking and picking things up. He also loves to play fetch,but only with a crumpled up cigarette pack...he's a riot!

Posted on February 15, 2008

Patricia M. Graham says: My cat was given to me by my daughter and I have had a few problems crop up. 1: She craps where ever she wants even tho I've done different things to stop her. 2: Her fur is coming out; 3-1/2 years old.

Posted on February 15, 2008

Susan says: Until a year ago I was not a cat lover. Now that has all changed. Allie came into our lives. She is a black Manx. She is beautiful. I would like to know why she is using her paws to drink water? We also have Lizzie and Zack. Zack also uses his paws to drink sometimes. I also get concern.

Posted on February 13, 2008

corious says: I'm not really a cat person until i got two tabby cats and there so cute the do the most stranges things but sometimes it funny i just dont really understand why they do some weird thing and sometimes i get concern .

Posted on February 14, 2008

Joanne says: Are there answers to the above questions posted somewhere?

Posted on February 13, 2008

Sarah says: my cat has found our baskets and he's declawed, but he paws at our baskets. when he does he starts to purr does this mean there's a connection? and is that a problem?

Posted on February 13, 2008

Valarie says: My Tiggy acts like a dog. She waits for me by the window at night, and comes running and loudly meowing to meet me when I come through the door. My mom, who lives with me, says that Tiggy gets agitated when I'm later than usual in my ETA. Tiggy also does some head-butting when I'm in bed to get some reassuring petting from me.

Posted on February 6, 2008

kristina says: I have a mail cat that is about 7 months old and he loves to climb in my hair and need and pur like a motor boat. I thought this was somehing he would grow out of but now he is huge and he lays accross my neck and root aound in my hair. Could someone please tell me what this means?

Posted on February 6, 2008

ann says: I don't understand why my cat meows and runs through the house like as if he was casing something. We think its funny. We say he's exercising. why is he reallly do this??

Posted on February 5, 2008

Sonya Armenia hunter says: This page is great , I was told that if your cats bends his/her tail when you come in it mean's they are really happy to see you & that they love you or when you stroke them & they do that. Is this true ??

Posted on February 3, 2008

Quinn says: I believe this article is very truthfull because i've had my cat for about a year now and he is rubbing aginst me, my sister, my grandmother, and my mother. Also i destinctivly remember one time when my cat happened to "find" a mouse and came home and placed it in my moms purse!

Posted on February 4, 2008

Kathy says: I've never been a cat person but after a friend rescued an orange Tabby named Baxter, I said I would take him in. I was scared of cats as silly as that sounds but Baxter won me over with his gently ways. Now, I can't imagine life with my Baxter, he's the sweetest and funniest cat ever. Thank you for listing some of the ways a cat says "I love you", it really helped me realize that Baxter really loves me and the feeling is mutual.

Posted on May 8, 2012

Kbomb says: My cat keeps me up all night. I always wear my hair up in a pony tail while sleeping and in the middle of the night my cat will, claw but almost like brush my hair.. sometimes he doesnt stop so i have to pull my hair tie out for him to brush my hair bc otherwise he pulls at my hair and it hurts. Anyone ever had their cat do this to you? Im sure he is showing some kind of affection but sometimes it is just SOOOO annoying! he is my little angel tho so its hard to get mad at him

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