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How to show your cat you love them

When you can’t speak fluent cat it can be difficult to tell your moggy just how much you really love them. Instead of attempting to translate your affection into meows and purrs, try these simple signals that will show them you care.

1. Slow blink in their direction

When your cat slow blinks at you, it’s their way of saying ‘I trust you enough to close my eyes in your presence’ and this is a big deal for a cat! If you return the gesture you’ll be letting them know that you have acknowledged this sign of affection and feel the same way towards them.

Ginger cat slow blinking

2. Have a grooming session

Although cats are very good at grooming themselves, most moggies will appreciate a little help from time to time, particularly if they have long fur. Gentle brushing or even stroking in those hard to reach areas, such as under the chin and behind the ears, is sure to generate a lot of purrs in return.

Cat chin scratch

3. Get them a cardboard box

Cats love boxes because they help them to feel safe and secure. As they are solitary creatures by nature, having somewhere to hide and snooze in peace is important and even better if it’s up high as it means they can easily see their surroundings. Try filling a box with a blanket to make it even more cosy and place it in a quiet corner of the house.

Tortie cat in cardboard box

4. Have play time

Cats are natural hunters, but their love of stalking and pouncing is driven by the thrill of the chase, not hunger. Playing with your cat will cause their brain to release feel-good hormones called endorphins and help them to burn off all that excess energy. Just 10 minutes of play a day is enough to keep them happy, healthy and your best friend.

Tabby cat playing with toy mouse

5. Get them chipped and snipped

A trip to the vet might not sound like something your cat will love you for, but trust us when we say they will appreciate these two simple procedures eventually. Neutering will make your cat less likely to roam, get into fights and get diseases, not to mention save them from having to look after litters of kittens. Microchipping will help them get home much quicker if they get lost, and also means you can get a cat flap that only opens for them, stopping any moggy intruders from invading their territory.

In addition to these simple gestures, it’s also important that you meet your cat’s five welfare needs to ensure they can live a happy and healthy life, safe in the knowledge that you’re looking out for them.

The five welfare needs


For more information on how to care for your cat, visit the Help & Advice section.

Unsure whether your cat loves you back? Read our blog post: Five signs your cat loves you.

You can also take a look at our adorable video for help recognising the signs:

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