Cats have a reputation for being mysterious creatures—but if you know what you're looking for, their feelings are easier to decode than you may think.
There are many theories about why cats knead their paws into you (affectionately referred to as "making biscuits"), but many researchers agree that they're trying to return the love you're showing them. They just don't know that it actually hurts.
Waking up to a dead mouse at the foot of your bed may be the least-pleasant part of your day. But if your kitty is bringing you "gifts," it's because she thinks you're family—and she just wants to help you improve your hunting skills.
Cats have highly concentrated scent glands in their cheeks and heads. When they rub affectionately against you, they're making you as their own purrsonal property.
"I just love looking at you!"Ever wondered why your cat's staring at you with such fixed attention? It's not meant to be aggressive—and it's not really staring. Cats' eyes are evolved to blink less frequently than ours. But rest assured that, a steady, soft gaze means they feel safe and comfortable with you.
Like most creatures, cats don't like to make themselves vulnerable. So if they roll over and present their belly, it's a sign of unwavering trust.
Cats' tails are excellent barometers of their overall moods.The higher they carry it, the happier and more content they are. If they're feeling especially amorous, they'll wrap it around you.
Cats nip and nibble at us all the time, but it's far from an aggressive gesture. Mama cats do the same when they're grooming their kittens, so it's much likelier that they think of you with the same affection.
Much like with head-butting, cats will run between your legs to mark you with their scent.
If you can get your cat purring, it means that whatever you're doing is just purrfect.
Just me and my shadow!If your kitty's in the habit of following you from room to room, it's a sign that being with you is the greatest part of their day.
See—that wasn't so hard to figure out, was it?
(h/t: Boredom Therapy)