As humans, we feel a natural affinity for our cats, but we sometimes struggle to understand and respond to their needs. This isn’t for lack of trying – the main issue is that we have to learn to respond to what is essentially a different language based on behavioral cues and variations in sound. To help you better realize what your cat is trying to tell you, here’s a list of common behaviors and what they often mean (this isn’t always true, however, as cats are complex individuals, just like humans!).
Cat behavior consultants believe that slow, long blinks are a sign of affection from a cat. They are often referred to as “kitten kisses.” You’ll notice you most often get these from your feline when he or she is in a relaxed position, often sleepily looking at you.
Kneading (aka “Making Biscuits”)
This is when your cat climbs up on you and begins rubbing his paws against you as if he were making dough as a baker would. This is something kittens do with their mothers. That’s why this act is usually associated with a happy, content cat who may even see you as a motherly figure (cue the awws).
The name of this behavior sounds much more unpleasant than it actually is. In fact, head butting from a cat is seen similarly to a hug. This is when your cat presses his or her head against you and rubs you. Some cats love to do this against their owner’s cheeks.