How to tell if your cat likes you
FOLLOWING our article about getting your cat to like you, here are some tips on how to tell if your cat does like you. First, how can you tell if your cat is happy? Cats can’t tell us how they’re feeling, but if we watch their behaviour closely, we can work out a lot.
What things does your cat like doing?
Does it have a favourite chair or ledge to sit on? Or a favourite window to look out of ? Perhaps it likes sitting on your lap, or playing with toys? Most cats love to sleep in a warm place.
The things you see your cat doing are probably what it enjoys. As long as it gets the chance to do these things, then your cat is probably happy.
Providing lots of toys to play with is a great way to keep your cat happy, especially if it’s a kitten.
For example, you could make them a food puzzle – cats have a natural hunting instinct and like to hunt for their food.
Find an empty water bottle and put holes around the body of the bottle.
Then put some dry food in and put the lid on – as your cat moves the bottle around the food will fall out.
Depending on their personality, cats can show they are unhappy in two ways.
The first kind of cat might hide away under a bed or in a cupboard, and shows no interest in playing or interacting.
If it also stops eating and grooming this is likely a sign that it’s not happy.
The second kind of cat might pace around, or seek your attention by meowing constantly. These cats might follow you around all of the time, and destroy furniture or other things in your house.
Some cats can also urinate in the wrong places when they are unhappy.
If your cat shows any of these signs, it probably means there is something bothering it. If it’s not eating or cleaning itself, or there are other signs you’re worried about, then it might be a good idea to take it to the vet to see if there is anything wrong.
How can you tell if your cat likes you?
If your cat likes a cuddle on your lap and purrs when you pat it, then it probably likes you. Cats will choose to hang around people they really like.
If your cat likes being petted, it will probably stay still, close its eyes, and move its head or body so that you rub its favourite places.
This might be along the cheeks or between the ears and eyes.
If your cat doesn’t like these things, don’t panic that it doesn’t like you!
Some cats are friendlier than others, and your cat might not like to be cuddled, the same way some people love hugs, and others don’t.
Your cat might still enjoy knowing that you’re around, even if it doesn’t want to come right up to you.
● This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children, in which The Conversation gets an expert to answer a child's question.
Susan Hazel is Senior Lecturer, School of Animal and Veterinary Science, University of Adelaide
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Cats choose to hang around people they really like and enjoy being petted. However not all cats are equally friendly.