Brittany is a self-published poet who lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina.
People always say a dog is a man's best friend. Well, mine is a feline. That's right. The selfish and unfeeling creature that is known to own their owner is my preferred pet. Cats often get a bad reputation because they are known to please themselves rather than their owner. There is some truth in this, but like all animals, you must adopt a kitten at the right age to connect a genuine bond. Below, I will list several traits your cat may display if they truly love their owner.
Our Orange Tabby: Nala
Traits and Behaviors
There are several behaviors cats may display when they have great affection for their owners. Cats can be highly affectionate and great with children if they are happy with the environment they live in. Here are some examples and traits my cat displays below.
This is a way for cats to communicate their affection. This is a sign of pure love and even a gesture of a "kitty kiss." You may even notice your cat doing this around other felines when you are in the room. They are telling the other cats everything is fine with this human.
Kittens knead their mothers to get milk supply, and adult cats use kneading as a way to cozy up to their owners. It's a source of comfort and relaxation as well as affection and bonding. The cat may see their owner as their mother and is communicating that they trust you.
FOLLOWS YOU EVERYWHERE
If your cat insists on jumping into bed with you, sitting in the bathroom with you, or watching you eat, you are most likely a big interest in their lives.
Cats do not meow to other cats, so their vocalization is specially for you. My cat "talks" to me quite often, and it's absolutely adorable. According to WebMD, felines make high pitched gurgling or chatty sounds when feeling social and friendly.
EXPOSURE OF TUMMY
There are few things cuter than a fuzzy cat belly, and if you're lucky enough to earn their trust you can give belly rubs all the time. It's a state of vulnerability for the cat. If this is typical behavior from your cat, then that means he/she trusts you.
This is a good indication your cat enjoys having you around. Nicky Trevorrow (who is a behavior manager for Cats Protection) tells Cosmopolitan that purrs are specifically for humans they adore.
THEY BRING "GIFTS"
Some cats bring home dead mice/birds, trash, or bugs. This present may not be number one on your wish list, but cats do this because they feel "at home" and secure with their owner. My cat is purely an indoor cat, so I do not get the luxury of receiving gifts from my cat.
Some felines portray a soft tickling bite to their owners. You can distinguish the difference from a real bite. If your pet is using you as a chew toy, you are most likely best friends.
If the tail is twitching at the tip or curled around your leg, you are receiving all the love from your cat. This means they are happy to be in your presence and they feel confident and happy.
This is another sign of love. They are also marking you as their buddy. They may also rub their bodies against yours and identifying you as one of his/her friends. Felines have scent glands, and by rubbing against you they are spreading their scent. Even though they are technically marking their territory, this is a great way to have a bond with your cat. They are claiming you as their own and will love you forever once they do this.
Writing from facts and personal opinions, I feel felines make great pets. My own cat helps lower my stress and anxiety, prevent feelings of loneliness, improve my heart health (because she makes my heart explode!), and helps prevent allergies (only if a child is exposed to cats during the first few years of life so they will develop an immune system to cat allergies and can help with other allergens as well). They make great pets because they are low maintenance, quiet, independent, keep the house pest-free, and have long life spans. You can also have fun with your cat by blowing bubbles, setting up a treasure hunt, and hiding their favorite toy under a blanket for them to scavenge. I couldn't imagine having any other friend than my orange side kick by mine and my family's side.
Soft and orange with long hair
Female and polydactyl make you rare
Wanting snuggles with belly rubs
Since getting you fixed, we call you tubs
Loving people with good care
But your own kind gives you quite a scare
Chasing lasers in a rush
Chirping and meowing with a fuss
Jumping and running at every sound
This feline pet is perfect while home bound
Always comforting when upset
She is the friend I'll never forget
By: Brittany Benko
Brittany Benko (author) from South Carolina on June 14, 2021:
Thank you kindly.
Brittany Benko (author) from South Carolina on June 14, 2021:
I do love dogs, we well. My son, however, is on the spectrum and only responds well to felines.
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 13, 2021:
As far as what types of cats I have, let's just say I have two black ones, two black and white, and two tabby.
VIDYA D SAGAR on June 13, 2021:
I enjoyed reading your article and poem on cats Brittany. Your cat Nala is adorable. It was very interesting to read about the various characteristics displaying their emotions about their owner. Though I adore my pet dog, I love cats too. They sure are our best friends at all times. Thanks for sharing.
Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 13, 2021:
I enjoyed reading about cats!
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2021:
This is a lovely article. As Jodah said, Nala is beautiful. Much of what you wrote applies to my three cats. They are great companions.
Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 11, 2021:
l enjoyed your articles on cats.
Brittany Benko (author) from South Carolina on June 11, 2021:
I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. She's the sweetest pet I've owned. What type of cats do you own?
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 11, 2021:
Hi Brittany, i love this article and all those signs of love are spot on. I actually have six cats and they display all those things. You cat, Nala, is beautiful, and it is rare to have a ginger female. Thank you for sharing.