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6 things our cats do that drive us crazy (but secretly we love!)

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6 things our cats do that drive us crazy (but secretly we love!)

Cats are cute, cuddly, curious, and complete laws unto themselves. They come and go as they please, tolerate affection on the promise of their next meal, and stroke our face with one gentle paw while simultaneously clawing us with the other! Cats will be cats, but who would have them any other way?

I’ve often heard it said that, while dogs can harbour deep emotional attachments to their care-givers, cats only see us as dependable food dispensers that just happen to be there, rather conveniently, when their tummies start to grumble. Slander!

As a cat owner myself, I am forever hopeful that my cat loves me – call it delusion if you will – and that her sometimes infuriating behaviour is a clear sign of this. Yes, I frequently moan about her habits, but I also secretly love them, hopeful as I am that her intentions are driven purely by a deep, undying affection.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the curious cat behaviours that drive us crazy (but secretly we love!) and that clearly reflect devotion and nothing else:

  1. Cats are accomplished stalkers that will follow you around and trip you up, whether you’re taking a shower or carrying something fragile down the stairs. One of my cat’s favourite hobbies is to weave through my legs like a slalom skier on my way downstairs. These mid-stair meetings have become increasingly precarious but, in my cat’s defence, I know she just wants to be close to me and go where I go, even if it means I die en route.
  2. Sitting on your lap is one thing, but sitting on your head? Yep, it’s something many cats do; in fact, I was woken the other morning in this very situation. When I’d eventually worked out why my head felt heavy and had shooed my cat from the room, I returned to my pillow only to realise my ears were now cold and I desperately needed her back.
  3. Cats are often jealous friends that take to meowing loudly, clambering all over you and generally making a point when they feel your affections are being directed elsewhere. Yes it’s annoying and sometimes quite painful, but what truer reflection of their devotion than this?
  4. Everyone loves surprises, right? Cats are experts at this and happen to be the best gift-givers in the world. Some of the most popular presents include mice, birds, rabbits and frogs. While we hate to receive them dead or alive on the carpet, we appreciate the kind gesture nonetheless. Hairballs are also presented more often than we might like.
  5. Staring is something cats do well and if you’ve ever tried to out-stare your feline friend, you have probably failed (or fallen asleep trying). If staring was a sport, cats would be victorious. Yes, it’s unsettling and makes you think your cat is plotting something dreadful, but surely cats only make direct eye contact with the ones they love? I like to think so. Also, in the blink of an eye you might disappear, which, to a caring cat, isn’t something worth chancing.
  6. When a cat kneads you with its paws, you probably find yourself holding your breath. No? Maybe that’s just me. No matter how still I sit or how thick my clothes are, I can always feel the needle-like jab of my cat’s claws. It’s tense, it’s uncomfortable, but I never intervene. If my cat wants to knead my arm because she loves me, who am I to stop her?

However your cat shows you she loves you, whether it's through pawing, licking, head-butting or play-biting, you can be sure she does. The dependable food dispenser part is just a bonus! If you have any points to add, please share them with our other readers! Feel free to email me directly or post your comments below: hannahd@viovet.co.uk

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17th Sep 2015

My cat Bijoux loves me, I am sure. He love pats my face while laying with me, "ever so gently". He sits with me while I read. And even thanks me with a kiss and a meow. Meets me at the door just like dogs do. Who could ask for more.

17th Sep 2015

Teehee! Yes to all of the above - and one of mine licks and the other one nose bites or ear nips... sometimes out of excitement and love, sometimes just to ensure her breakfast isn't late...!

17th Sep 2015

My cat Cleo loves a cuddle first Thing in the morning and buries her head in my neck amongst my Long hair purring madly...sooo lovely. Also she gets very vocal when Im on my mobile checking Facebook....and not paying her any Attention. I adore her.

23rd Sep 2015

I like to think when one or, on the odd occasion, both of my cats snuggle on my tummy and start to purr away its because they love me dearly and are trying to help me stay warm. The purr is an added bonus to help me drift off to sleep :D

26th Sep 2015

I was very ill last year for three months. My Marmalaide did not leave me by myself the whole time. When the family went off to school and work, he would come to look after me. Only when he was sure there was someone at home, he would go to have some cat time. I think he only left me alone for about an hour a day. Only when I was better he started to go off and be a cat and be his normal imperious self.

7th Sep 2016
  • Customer Since: October 2015
  • From: United Kingdom

Millie, like all females , is both needy and high maintenance !!
She makes her wants known , even in the middle of the night , by yowling loudly , while dragging her feather bouncer toy into the bedroom ready to play. If I feign sleep , she jumps up onto my chest and stared intently into my face , until I give up and give her a chin rub....while I write this she is standing on her hind legs and tapping my arm with her paw and mewing plaintively. She wants me to give her some Dreamies, or some cat stick ( I call it cat liquorice) , so I must go now, my mistress calls !!

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