10 Honest Cat Owner Opinions: Do My Cats Feel Gratitude

It’s ubiquitous to find that cats can be cold and mean due to their need for space, picky eating habits, and peculiar behaviors. Yet, despite all the trouble they put their owners through, they may find their cats can be surprisingly affectionate and even grateful for all they do for them.

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Here are 10 heartwarming experiences and opinions that’ll make you love cats (if you don’t already):

1. Cats Are Just Misunderstood Drama Queens

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Interestingly, one person pointed out how cats feel affection when they experience the absence or presence of certain things. For example, removing pain due to a human’s effort will likely earn the owner more affection from their feline friend.

2. Missing Cat Turns Into Clingy Lover

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One person narrated the time their cat went missing for 15 days. When found, the poor kitty was starving and in bad shape. After being cared for and comforted, the cat didn’t leave his owner’s side for a week. This catperson was incredibly sure of his furry friend’s gratitude due to the continuous purring and headbutting they got for the next entire week.

3. Cat Feels Grateful Not to Be Poked and Prodded Anymore

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Urgent vet visits are terrifying for most cats due to uncertainty and discomfort. However, as this one person mentioned, their cat was surprisingly warm towards them after the vet.

Perhaps, the kitty was happy to no longer experience sickness and wanted to express that by following her human and giving headbutts.

4. Cat Affection: The Bartering System of Pain and Treats

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One person was assertive about cats’ expressions of gratitude. They mentioned that as long as cats are aware of what’s happening, they can show gratitude. They further reminded us of how we tend to ask a lot of cats.

We have the power to determine crucial parts of their day-to-day living, including food and movement. Hence, it’s fair to assume that the way we use our power will determine the reaction we get from cats (and people).

5. Character Development: Villanous Cat Turns Into a Softie

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Another person tells us about how their cat was a mean little gremlin for most of its life. However, after a urinary blockage, the cat showed much more affection. As someone aptly put it, cats do say thank you, provided you know how to listen!

6. When Lost Cats are Found: How Starving Kitties Express their Gratitude

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Runaway kitties can bring about a lot of horror for their owners. Yet, all the tension dissipates once the cat makes its way back home. Someone recalled their cat running away during a snowstorm for 3 weeks.

When she was finally back home, the owner cared for her to help alleviate the trauma. In response, the cat became more open to touches as a gesture of gratitude.

7. The Art of Bribery: How Wet Food Can Lead to Headbutts

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Someone told us how their cat would be fed wet food after coming from a walk. Once done, she would come and find her owner to give a headbutt before going in for a big cat nap. Isn’t that the sweetest?

8. The Secret to Winning a Cat’s Heart: A Helping Paw

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One person told us how their cat used to purr whenever they would help him with things. They helped him reach spots he couldn’t by himself, move obstacles out of the way, and even help catch prey! Similarly, another person would let their cat watch them cook or peep out through the window. Every deed counts.

9. From Bathtub to Trust Fall: A Stray Cat’s Journey to Love

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Strays are different from housepets, and the following story confirms that. Someone had been feeding a stray cat who had kittens in their bathtub. One day, when the litter was being cleaned, the noise startled the cat, who then took her kittens outside.

By not violating that boundary and stopping the cat, the trust was soon regained, and the kittens eventually returned. The mama cat became affectionate, asking for tons of scratches.

10. A Tale of Collar Liberation and Five Minutes of Love

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One person told us about the time their cat had outgrown her collar. When the collar was removed, the cat showed immense love to her owner for five minutes. For most cat owners, that’s the equivalent of a lifetime of love. 

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Pawesome post, Jenny honey! Loved it! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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