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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:15 AM

10 Ways Your Cat Shows You Love



http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/10-ways-cat-shows-love-153600136.html

"I've been studying animal behavior since 1974 and can say without a doubt that cats can and do bond with their favorite people," declares Dr. Allen Schoen, a veterinarian, behaviorist and author. But the trick is to recognize - and appreciate - what they are trying to tell you. Here are ten ways cats show their affection.

The link has a slide show of 10 affectionate gestures from your cat... what's your favorite? I love them all, but am partial to the head-bump and the slow blink.

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Reply 10 Ways Your Cat Shows You Love (Original post)
Flaxbee Nov 2012 OP
Graybeard Nov 2012 #1
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #2
Graybeard Nov 2012 #3
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #14
Archae Nov 2012 #4
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #15
hack89 Nov 2012 #5
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #13
Bertha Venation Nov 2012 #6
Arugula Latte Nov 2012 #8
Bertha Venation Nov 2012 #10
Lucy Goosey Nov 2012 #19
mockmonkey Nov 2012 #12
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #16
meow2u3 Nov 2012 #26
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #7
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #17
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #20
Arugula Latte Nov 2012 #9
hifiguy Nov 2012 #11
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #18
sakabatou Nov 2012 #21
Graybeard Nov 2012 #22
hifiguy Nov 2012 #23
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #24
Rob H. Nov 2012 #25

Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:30 AM

1. The slow blink. So nice.

When I discovered that my cat Pepper was communicating with me I realized that the slow blink was definitely a gesture of affection. I was quite touched.

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Response to Graybeard (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:37 AM

2. Do you slow blink back at her (him)?

I do, to my kitties. They definitely "get it".

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:57 AM

3. Sure. We sang together too.

My dear Pepper passed on a few years ago but when we really got to know one another (when I retired and was home a lot more) we had wonderful communication. She would trill and I would join her.

When I told my nephews about Pepper "talking" to me I could see they were saying to themselves,
"Uh-oh. Uncle Graybeard is going off the deep end.)

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Response to Graybeard (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:38 PM

14. Oh, my sweet feral Jesse

whom I couldn't save - he was too sick - used to sing, too. When he arrived for dinner, and when he left. Felt like someone was squeezing my heart; I loved it.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:33 AM

4. The head rub on my cheeks.

I call it a "smooch."

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Response to Archae (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:39 PM

15. It most definitely is a smooch.



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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:52 AM

5. Puking hairballs in my closet must be number 11. nt

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Response to hack89 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:37 PM

13. surely, barely bumped out of the top 10

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:25 AM

6. We call that slow blink "squeezy eyes."

I'm surprised they didn't list a cat putting his butt in your face. I'm told that this is a sign of acceptance and ownership. E-ha.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:02 AM

8. They are called "squinties" in our house.

I love all the terms we cat people come up with. Bites are "teeth kisses." Head butts are "rubbies." If a kitty gets startled and puffs out we all simultaneously yell "poofy tail!" like we've never seen it before. Yes we're weird.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:54 AM

10. You sound like my kind of people.

A kitten standing sideways, all poofy, back arched is doing Big Kitty! Oh, they're so tough!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:26 PM

19. Hee!

Is there anything less intimidating than a kitten trying to look intimidating? I think not.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:15 PM

12. We call it KissyFace

We had a pet mouse that would do this also.

The fluffy tail we call either "Coon Tail" or Tail is "a Twitter".

We have a cat that will not submit to the other cats with the slow blink so she is not liked by most of the cats.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:40 PM

16. I must admit, I do prefer the butt-in-the-face to the dead creature on the doorstep

I understand the gesture of the sacrifice, but still...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:14 PM

26. We call it "winky eyes" in my home

My roomie came up with that one.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:41 AM

7. Peter looks like the first one. He does head/fist bumps.

 

He'll lurch upward like he's going to jump and bonk a fist if you hold it down toward him. Then he wants some major petting. Tink wakes my wife up around 3 a.m. by lightly touching noses with her. Then she wants to be petted for about an hour. My big boy just sleeps curled up under my arm and purrs all night and my middle daughter's cat won't leave her side.

But they BEST way cat's think they're showing affection is to crap just outside the litter box.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:50 PM

17. maybe we should do a top-15 -- add the butt-in-face, puke-in-shoes, crap-outside-the-box

to it.

My girls like to hork up their truly disgusting furballs (these two are long-haired part Maine Coon, and believe me, they make champion furballs) on the computer keyboard. I now put the keyboard up whenever I leave.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:41 PM

20. Oh gross. Hairballs in the middle of the floor (at night) are bad enough.

 

Fun stuff to step in barefoot, eh? Peter's crashed out under the computer desk near one of the UPS units. I bitched at him about nomming the phone cord and he's in almost-nap mode now. I suspect it's warm.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:02 AM

9. My kitties have done all those, except the dead bird thing, 'cuz they're indoor only.

They have brought me socks, though.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:09 PM

11. My kitteh Butch is a big fan of the head-bump

and the forehead touch, but he does all of them except for bringing dead mice.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:53 PM

18. when we lived on a mountain in NoVa a while back, we had a serious mouse

problem until LindaKitty arrived. The two cats already living with us - Tommy and Clarisse - really didn't care, but Linda (aka "NeenerPea") was an INCREDIBLE mouser. Incredible. And honest to god, she'd line them up at the bottom of the basement stairs every night.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:01 PM

21. My cat will sometimes meow looking up at me

And won't stop until I pick her up and pet her.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:25 PM

22. I've heard that cat's only "Meow" to humans.

That in their interaction with other cats and animals they never say anything like "Meow". It this true?

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Response to Graybeard (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:37 PM

23. That's what I've always heard as well.

They chirp, trill, purr, etc. to other felines but 'meow' only at hoominz.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:00 PM

24. Milo, my rather ample (17 lbs.), fluffy orange and white guy,

if he thinks I'm ignoring him, will hurl himself at my torso, forcing me to catch and hold and pet him. This used to startle me but now I know to watch for him winding up for the leap.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:38 PM

25. Mine grooms me all the time

When I get out of the shower, when I get home from work, when she's sitting in my lap, when she's curled up on my chest when I'm in bed.... She seems to really like it, so of course I let her.

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