A dead mouse at your feet is a love let­ter from your cat

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY -

If you spend time with loved ones, you might’ve heard the phrase “love lan­guages”. It was ac­tu­ally coined by au­thor Gary Chap­man in a book ti­tled The Five Love Lan­guages. It was first pub­lished in 1995 and helps peo­ple ex­press their heart­felt com­mit­ment to­wards oth­ers.

This knowl­edge of what we can do to make some­one feel pro­tected, con­fi­dent and val­ued can greatly im­prove our re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily, friends and believe it or not – our pets too.

Did you know that your cat has its own love lan­guage? It does. They use small ges­tures all the time to com­mu­ni­cate with you. While hu­mans may give each other hugs or a re­as­sur­ing pat on the back, your cat will prob­a­bly bring you a dead mouse, snug­gle up on your lap or walk over your key­board.

Whether you’re a long-term cat lover or you’ve just adopted a new fe­line friend, there are a num­ber of things that cat own­ers can do to build a lov­ing, trust­ing re­la­tion­ship with them.

Here is a list of five love lan­guages that your cat will use to com­mu­ni­cate:

A cat con­sid­ers you as sur­ro­gate fam­ily and if he/ she brings you a dead mouse or bird, it’s a way of try­ing to look af­ter you. It knows you would never have been able to catch that de­li­cious mouse on your own.

1. Gi

s:

If your kitty is star­ing blankly at the TV screen, take it as a nod of ap­proval on your en­ter­tain­ment

2. Qual­ity time:

choice. The Secret Life of Pets may just get their stamp of ap­proval, plus they get to watch it on your lap

Your kitty might start knead­ing your stom­ach. Don’t be of­fended, it’s a sign of af­fec­tion. A lick on your nose or suck­ing your chin is love in its purest form.

3. Phys­i­cal touch: 4. Words of af­fir­ma­tion:

Cats mostly com­mu­ni­cate through eye con­tact but if they purr at you or meow strangely, take it as a dec­la­ra­tion for the world to hear that your kitty loves you.

Most cats love in­ter­ac­tive play. We may not al­ways feel like wav­ing their favourite toy in the air or point­ing a laser light at the wall but we know cats need that re­lease for their in­ner preda­tor. They look for­ward to play­time to teach you the secret art of catch­ing the in­fa­mous red dot. – Sup­plied by Whiskas

5. Acts of ser­vice:

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