100 ways to show your cat you love them

show your cat you love them

Cats are unique. I’ve grown up with them ( as well as dogs and many other animals). But my first Siamese cat Nuqee will always be my favourite. They are so different to dogs but make great companions who love their independence and bringing dubious gifts to show their appreciation of our care. Here are 100 ways you can show your love back to your kitty cat.

  1. Most people keep animals for companionship. From the littlest of kittens to the oldest, most mature, cats these sweet animals can be with you for many years. Show them you love them by being committed to their health, and wellbeing for as many years as they need you. 
  2. Every cat is different, they have their own unique personality. Getting to know your cat’s unique behaviors and needs will help you to show your cat just how much you love them. 
  3. Cats are not just like dogs. They are unique animals and it can take time to earn their trust. Don’t think of your cat as something that you own, but rather as a loved member of the family. 
  4. Give your cat attention everyday. Whether it’s a quiet cuddle on the couch in the evening or playing catch the mouse giving your cat some of your time each day helps to build a lifetime bond.
  5. Petting your kitty with a loving cat massage helps to increase blood flow and is super pleasing to most cats. As you rub across their coat you can feel for any matted hair, or help you identify any sores that might need vet care. 
  6. Speaking of petting it’s important to note that cats are not like dogs when it comes to petting. Studies show they prefer petting on the head or face rather than the rump or near their tail. 
  7. Feed their need for activity. Cats are brilliant creatures who naturally have hunting skills. Find ways to hide their favorite toys or treats so that they can go on the hunt. 
  8. Talk to your kitty and see how they respond with rubs against your leg or by talking back with trills, meows, or purrs. The more you mimic their sounds the more you become their trusted companion.
  9. Give your furry friend fresh drinking water every single day by using a water fountain to supply their drinking needs. 
  10. Make sure your cat’s water station stays clean. If you begin to see pink or black build up on the bowl, know that this is bacteria, you need to clean the bowl daily to prevent such build up from occurring. 
  11. The cat stare is one of their ways of communicating. So, you can join their conversation by looking lovingly into their eyes. However, be sure to slowly blink from time to time because directly staring at them may lead to them pouncing on you. 
  12. Provide enrichment opportunities for your fluffy friend by placing a bird feeder outside a window where your kitty can watch the feathered activity.
  13. Treats offer your purring pal a variety to their daily diet. Consider a variety of types of treats from crunchy nibble to canned fish, like sardines. While fishy smells might be a bit pungent to your human nose, your cat will love getting a fishy treat from time to time.
  14. Don’t skip vet appointments. While it might be difficult to get your little companion to cooperate with leaving the house those appointments are essential for ensuring your cat stays healthy. 
  15. Most felines enjoy sitting in the sunshine, or looking out the window and watching the birds. You can make it easy on them to find a safe place to perch by giving them their very own window seat.
  16. Cats are more likely to imbed their claws in your arm or leg when you pick them up if they are startled and lifted up from the ground without warning. By bending to their level and stroking them softly you can put them at ease and they’ll be less afraid when you pick them up or pull them to you. 
  17. Rather than yelling at your kit for behaviours you want them to avoid you should redirect them to a safe and appropriate behavior. For example, if they are scratching at a couch, move them to a scratching post instead. 
  18. If you plan to trim nails, go to a groomer, use a kennel, or take in a car for a ride, the younger you begin introducing these scenarios the more likely they’ll acclimate. This is how you can socialize your furry feline. 
  19. Only you can know the safety surrounding your home environment. If you live on  a farm or in a rural community you may feel confident that your cat will be safe both indoors and outdoors. On the other hand, if you live in the city there are many more dangers for your cat if you allow them outdoors. By providing plenty of stimulation activity you can keep them both happy and safe by keeping them inside. 
  20.  You’ll be so surprised that your cat may be a video watcher. Turn on videos about birds twittering about, or fish swimming in a tank or pond, and your kitty will hyper focus on the screen. Don’t be surprised if from time to time they try to pounce. 
  21. When it comes to grooming cats don’t just groom themselves. They groom their community. And  you are part of that community. They may lick your arm, or hands especially if they are sitting next to you while they are grooming themselves. This is a natural behaviour and one that you shouldn’t shy away from because it’s their way of leaving their scent on the ones they are closest to. 
  22. Did you know you can teach your kitty some tricks? You CAN! Be sure to read 100 tricks to teach your pets to learn all the fun things you can teach your friendly pet to do.
  23. Scratching is a natural instinct for cats. In the wild they need to keep their claws sharp for both protection and in order to catch prey. Inside your home you can provide them with surfaces like this scratching post which they can use for their scratching need.
  24. Speaking of scratching, consider that one scratch post may not be enough for your home. Unless you intend for your cat to stay in one room, and who would ever do that, you’ll need a few scratching areas throughout. Try a variety of forms as well, tall and slender, flat and low, and also scratch pads located in higher locations for stretching and climbing. 
  25. Let’s talk about claws! No one likes to get scratched by their cat, and no one wants their kitties ruining furniture or carpet. But, declawing a cat is a medical procedure that could have severe consequences. What most people don’t know is that in order to remove the claw, vets amputate the first knuckles of the paws to remove the claws from the root. This is a painful procedure that could cause your kit to become a biter, or cause further joint injuries to their paws. By giving them safe scratching options, and handling them with care, you should be able to fully avoid scratching mishaps. 
  26. Showing their belly isn’t just to get you to rub it, it means your feline companion trusts you. They’re putting themself in a vulnerable position which means when they do this with you they feel safe and happy.
  27. What can you do if your cat turns out to be a scaredy cat? You know, the cat who freaks out and hides at every noise, or when someone comes into the home. Research shows that using a pheromone diffuser can help your cat to find harmony within the home.  Don’t worry, this diffuser is odorless to humans.
  28. Speaking of pheromones, your cats have special glands in their cheeks which produce pheromones. When they are happy, and feel safe, they’ll rub their cheek on their surroundings to leave their scent. Which means when they rub their face up against your leg, or arm, they are connecting with you. To show them love, gently talk to them approvingly whenever they do this, or you can gently rub their face with your hands from time to time.
  29. Have you ever been laying next to your cat when all of a sudden they seem to bop you on the head with their head? While this might seem like a strange behaviour this is again one of the ways they mark their territory. When they do this that scent gland is activated and they’re leaving their scent on you. Don’t scold your cat when they do this because it’s another sign of their affection for you.
  30.  For hours of fun play roll up a ball of yarn. They’ll roll it, scratch at it, and try to pull those bits of yarn apart. It’s a fun way to play with your furry friend. 
  31.  Remember that every cat is different and they have their own unique personality. Some cats want to be beside you at every waking moment. Others prefer alone time but will come out from time to time for a bit of affection, then walk away again. By being aware of your cat’s needs you can help them to feel comfortable in their surroundings.
  32.  Your kitty needs a clean, safe, place to take care of their litter. This Automatic Cleaning Litter System makes your job easier while meeting your pets needs.
  33. If you aren’t got use an automated litter box be sure to get into the habit of scooping it several times a day and cleaning it completely once per week. 
  34. When it comes to your litter box, know that location matters. Cat’s prefer to do their business in private. Place your box in a quiet location without a lot of traffic but that is easily accessible to them whenever they need it. And, never put it next to their food. Cats will not go near their food location and neither would you. 
  35. Don’t force companionship. One Swiss study shows that within a household cats can form different bonds with different individuals. 
  36. You can mimic cat behaviour by offering up your finger near your cat’s nose when you greet them. Cats tend to sniff each other’s noses and bump them together in greeting. Offering your finger in a non-threatening way is a simple way for you to say hello to them.
  37. It can be tempting to give your kitty treats to show them you love them throughout the day. But, it’s important not to overfeed your cat. Just like humans an overweight cat isn’t a healthy cat. Studies show that cats are less likely to be engaged and affectionate when they are overweight. That means you can show your cat love by feeding them a healthy and balanced diet. 
  38. In the wild felines are stealth predators who stalk their prey. You can mimic this behavior in your own home by using a simple wand with feathers toy to mimic the movement of birds. Let your kit stalk and pounce to keep them actively engaged with their natural instincts.
  39. Be sure you are aware of the foods that your cat should never eat! While many people believe that cats need milk, the truth is dairy is not good for cats and studies show many are lactose intolerant, neither is chocolate, onions, grapes, coffee or other forms of caffeine, and other common household foods. 
  40. While we all want a few household plants in our homes when it comes to keeping your kitties safe be sure you only keep plants that are pet friendly. This list of toxic household plants can help you to ensure that your home is safe and as non-toxic as possible. 
  41. Your cat’s natural instincts are to eat at the same time each day. They’re creatures of habit so it’s good to keep their feeding times to be the same routine. Most cat experts say it’s best to feed your cat no more than two times each day.
  42. Speaking of food, dry food is perfectly healthy for a cat. It’s been formulated to give them all the nutrition they need. Avoid changing brands too frequently. And, while it’s ok to give them variety from time to time, such as adding in canned wet food, or a sardine or two, consistency is better overall.
  43. Cats love to hide and you can help them out by thoughtfully placing empty cardboard boxes in various places around the home. Don’t just leave and abandon them though, from time to time switch them out with different sized boxes and move these secret hiding places to new locations. Plus, you want to make sure to keep those hidey holes clean for your loving friend. 
  44. Another way to offer your tabby a place to hide is making spaces between the furniture and walls. Cats will tuck in between and hide out for hours. You can also use random spaces in your home, like under the stairs, or lifting the bed on risers so your pet can hide underneath.
  45. Did you know that your cat’s skin can become dry? It can, especially in the winter or when there is low humidity. You can help soothe their skin by using some raw coconut oil to rub into their coat and help protect their skin from chafing.
  46.  Tagging your cat is a safety option offered by many vets, and adoption centers. Inserting a microchip can help your cat to be returned home to you if it ever gets out and goes missing. If found by animal control, they can determine where it’s home is and contact you. At the very least you should have a collar with tags to help with this situation. 
  47. Some people struggle with the idea of spaying or neutering their pets. The truth is, however, unless you plan to breed your cat they will have a much more comfortable and healthy life if you humanely spay or neuter. You should do this by 5 months of age.
  48. While cats naturally groom themselves they need your help from time to time. You can use a soft bristled brush to help them keep matted hair at bay. And, also use cat wipes from time to time to help them clean areas they may not be reaching well. 
  49.  Just like dogs, cats need to be vaccinated to protect them against a variety of feline diseases. Talk to your vet about what is important for them, and also do your own research and ask lots of questions. 
  50. Showing you their rear, their derriere, their hindparts, may seem a bit off putting to you… but, for them they’re showing you they trust you. So don’t swat them away, but rather reach forward and stroke their head to let them know you acknowledge their affection. 
  51. Cats have a keen sense when something is wrong. They are more likely to be affectionate when you or a loved one is feeling ill. Did you know many hospices use cats as therapy pets to offer solace to those who are hurting.
     
  52. Cats share the same happy hormone that humans have, oxytocin. This means when you are happy, and interact with them, they’re happy hormones will match your own, and both of you can feel a sense of peace and calm. That’s why it’s such a good idea to play and pet your friendly pet frequently. 
  53. Accidents happen from time to time, and you can be prepared to take care of minor pet emergencies by keeping a specially designed pet first aid kit at your home.
  54. In the wild cats use their tails to signal each other of various things. If their tail is twitching it may mean they are getting ready to pounce. While curving their tail slightly when approaching you means they’re being friendly and non-confrontational. If you find they wrap their tail around your leg or arm it’s similar to the human act of holding hands.
     
  55. Let your cat knead… I know, it can hurt! But, it’s a sign of affection when a cat kneads next to you. By placing a thick, soft, barrier such as a pillow or blanket between yourself and the cat you can prevent ouchies while still letting them knead away next to you. 
  56. Give your furry feline a soft place to sleep. Get them their very own cat bed and place it in their favorite sleeping spot. Before long, they’ll have made it their own by kneading into place to perfectly fit their body. 
  57. We’ve all heard of stories of the dreaded cat that sprays everywhere. Don’t punish them for what is a natural behavior. Instead try these techniques to try to modify their behavior. First, ensure they have a safe, CLEAN, litter box. Keeping their box clean helps them to know where to go. Second, check with the vet to see if something may be wrong with your cat. Third, try to remove any scent from previously marked areas by using a biological enzymatic cleanser. For more information on preventing cat spraying see Blue Cross for Pets.
  58. When your kitty cat brings you a special gift. You know, those they’ve caught, such as a mouse, they’re letting you know that you are their favorite human. They are seeking your praise. So be sure to tell her she’s a good kitty. 
  59. Cats tend to nip at each other as a sign of affection. From time to time you may find your feline nipping at your fingers in this way. Don’t overreact or scold. They’re simply saying they love you. In return, gently pull your fingers away and pet them on the face to show your adoration.
  60. A treat release toy such as this mouse toy serves as an enrichment activity because your scavenging feline can work for her food.
  61. Did you know cats have scent glands in their paws as well? They do, and from time to time you’ll discover they’re gently stroking your hand with their paw. It’s OK to do the same back to them. 
  62. Purring is a cat’s way of showing satisfaction. You can encourage this behavior by gently rubbing their neck while they’re purring. 
  63. Let them give you a nose to tail rub! When they rub their bodies against our leg or arm they’re leaving their unique scent on us. It’s their way of saying “this is my human.” You can mimic this behavior for them, by gently petting them from nose to tail. Be careful though, not every cat will want you to touch their tail. 
  64. But, did you know that purring can also be an indicator that something is wrong? If the timber or sound of your cat’s purr changes, you should check with a vet to ensure they are healthy. 
  65. Does your cat follow you around? This is how they show they want to be with you. You can mimic this behaviour from time to time by simply following them throughout the house. 
  66. Make sure your feline has a perch. Cat’s are natural born climbers. So, providing them with a safe perch located somewhere in your home where they can keep an eye on you and the family is a loving way to meet their need to be high off the ground. 
  67. Some cats want to be near you but not touched. That’s OK! Remember they all have their own unique personalities. Talk lovingly to them when they come and sit near you, give them those blinking stares we mentioned before, but let them have their space. 
  68. Cats, like dogs, want to find their food. This toy lets you place some nibble inside so as the cat plays, swats, and rolls the ball, the nibble randomly disperses. This gives them both activity and healthy treats.
  69. Give your feline friend some catnip which is a natural herb that many cats love! When a cat smells catnip a chemical reaction occurs that causes them to feel euphoria. It is not a drug, and is not addictive. For some cats this reaction will excite them and they’ll get very active, while others may calm and relax. It’s interesting to note that not every cat loves catnip.
  70. Consider a feline companion for your cat. Of course, making the decision to adopt a second, or even third cat should not be taken lightly. But, if your cat’s temperament is an easy going one perhaps they can benefit from a buddy. Especially, if you must be out of the home for extended hours. 
  71. Treat your kitty to a spa day. Whether you do a DIY spa at home with brushes, and nail trims, or you take them to a pet groomer, show them you love them by treating them to some TLC. 
  72. Celebrate the holidays with your furry pet. While they may not understand the significance of various special days, they do recognise when you’re in an excited, happy, mood. Treat them with a new toy, or a fun treat on your special days to include them in the festivities.
  73. Does your cat greet you at the door? That’s a surefire sign they love you, so don’t ignore them in your haste to get in and get settled. Talk to them, and acknowledge their presences. And be sure to reach down and give them a rub on the head. Show them, you missed them too. 
  74. Every cat has different health needs. Did you know that Purina has a program where they can assess the nutritional needs of your pet, and then provide a customized plan to meet those needs? This is one way that you can ensure your cat is staying as healthy and happy as possible.  (perhaps this company has an affiliate or you might see if they will sponsor this post for you:
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  75. Does your cat get jealous? Some kitties do… for example if you’ve been working at your computer all day do they come and lay on your keyboard? Chances are they’re seeking your attention and it’s time to take a break and play with them for a bit. Honestly, it’ll be good for both of you. 
  76. Some cats are known to show sulking behaviours when they don’t get their way or they’ve missed you when you’ve been away. Maybe they hide for hours or days on end, or they refuse to sit near you. Either way, know that their personality is unique and giving them their space may be the best way to show them you care. 
  77. Do you sometimes wake up to a cat next to your face? While this can be startling, they’re just getting cozy next to their favorite human. Rather than waking up startled and scaring both yourself and your feline, close your bedroom door at night to prevent the middle of the night fright session. Unless you like waking up to a furry tail in your mouth, then, by all means let them sleep next to you. 
  78. Know the unique needs of your particular breed of cat. Obviously the needs of a hairless cat will be different than that of a Persian longhair. The same is true for Maine Coon or a calico. Their grooming needs, and perhaps dietary needs may vary. Talk to your vet about your breed to determine the best possible ways to care for your unique catty friend.
  79. Cats are emotionally intelligent. They know when you are upset and will steer clear of you. They know when you are happy and content, and will come near. And, they know when you’re hurting too and may seek to comfort you. Show your cat you love them by allowing them the ability to be YOUR companion. If you’re always shooing them away they will eventually leave you alone entirely. 
  80. Put your phone away. When spending time with your cat and also using  your phone your cat only sees you as distracted. Set the phone away and give your pal your attention to let them know you care. 
  81. Make some tunnels throughout your home. Maybe it’s a blanket tunnel, or a cat condo tube but the your covert, cunning, kitty will love sneaking through tunnels as they stalk their various prey, be it a mouse toy or your toes as  you walk past. 
  82. If you’re ever in a situation where your home is in danger, such as during a fire or natural disaster, these pet rescue stickers can alert first responders that furry friends live in your home.
  83. While it might be tempting to take in a feral cat keep in mind that not every feral cat can be tamed. Consider your family structure and whether or not taming and training a feral would be conducive to the environment you live in. The reality is, most feral cats do better in the wild. If you feel compelled you can catch it, take it to a vet for assessment and spaying, but then release them back into the wild. Consult your local animal rescue center for more information about how to best care for feral cats living wildly near you. 
  84. Get a cat sitter. While yes, your cat can stay at home, alone, with a feeder, water fountain and litter box and do just fine, you can help to ensure their safety by asking a trusted friend to stay in your home while you’re away, or to check in on them from time to time, especially if you will be away for an extended period of time. 
  85. When we first get a pet it’s easy to remember to pay attention to them, but over time as life gets busy and back to normal you can become distracted from this necessary time. Be loving by setting a reminder on your phone to play with and exercise your kitty. 
  86. Cats, in the wild, nap often in order to conserve energy for their hunts. They tend to hunt in the early morning and evening. That means your cat’s natural instinct for play will be to be active during those times of the day. Show them you care by providing playful activities for them during these important hunting times. 
  87.  At the same time, since they nap often, you can join them for nap time by snuggling up next to them on the couch and catching a few zzz’s yourself. 
  88. Build your cat a DIY Food Puzzle by using paper tubes, small bits cardboard, and small boxes. Cut the tubes into different heights and stack inside a box with food inside to make digger tunnels. You can also get creative and cut the boxes in various ways for them to find their treats. This enrichment activity is a great way for them to exercise their natural hunting instincts. 
  89. Grow some wheat grass in your home. When outdoors you may have seen your cat chewing on grass. There are many theories as to why they do this. It could be that the fiber aids in their digestion, or it might be because they have an upset tummy. For whatever the reason, it’s a basic instinct for them and you can help them indoors by growing a bit of wheatgrass, which is safe for them.
  90. Your cat’s dental health is important. Your vet will check teeth, gums and tongue at each vet appointment. But, you can also help them to have a healthy mouth by rubbing a bit of coconut on their teeth.
  91. You can feed your cat fresh raw bones with meat from time to time. The fresh meat is good for them while the bones work as nature’s toothbrush on their chewing chompers. Remember, cats are natural predators of birds, so it’s perfectly safe for them to eat fresh raw chicken. Be mindful though, when allowing them to chew on bones, stay close by to ensure they don’t choke or get a bone caught between their teeth.
  92. Cats like toys with sounds because they are used to pouncing their prey which may squeak, scratch, and tweet. So providing toys that create a variety of sounds is good enrichment for their hunting games.
  93.  An easy DIY hunting simulation activity for your cunning cat is to hide treats throughout your home in places which are easy for them to get to, but they will have to sniff out to find. Some places could be inside a cat condo, under blankets, on top of a scratching post, or a window perch.
  94. Most cats don’t do well with change. That means moving furniture around can cause them stress. By keeping furniture in the same location you’ll provide a comforting environment for your feline companion. 
  95. Like you dirt and oil can build up in your cat’s ears. You can help keep them clean by using a soft cotton ball and a bit of ear cleaner. Place just a drop on the swab and gently clean the inside outer area of the ear. Never attempt to clean the internal ear because you can hurt your purring pal.
     
  96. Another DIY enrichment activity is to place some plastic cat toys in a sink full of water. They’ll have so much fun swatting at these floating objects.
     
  97. Have you ever tried playing peek-a-boo with your cat? Lay on the floor around a corner and pop your head out and look at them. Then quickly pull back and hide again, do this a few times until they come looking for you. Hold a stuffed animal nearby and toss it toward them as if it’s pouncing to prevent you from being pounced upon. 
  98. Play some calming music for your cat to help them relax if they are showing signs of stress or overstimulation.
  99.  Read a book out loud to your kitty. While they may not understand your words, they’ll learn to listen to your voice and you’ll be providing auditory stimulation for them. 
  100. Regularly declutter by cleaning up and throwing out torn and worn out toys. Make sure their sleeping location is clean, vacuumed and smells fresh. Remember your cat is a self-grooming clean creature who thrives best in clean environments.
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