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The Essence of Compassion

The Feline Human Bond
Cats make excellent pets. Despite the feline reputation for aloofness and independence; many owners can attest to the strength of the human/companion-cat bond. To get your cat to bond with you even more; their body language is a beacon of information. Listed below are some of the key expressions that provide a guide to decode cat’s unique signals.


Rubbing Against You
This is an affiliative gesture and they are also depositing scent. Cats use scent to determine who is part of their social group. Their cheeks, foreheads, sides of their bodies and tails are some of the places that cats have scent glands. If your cat rubs against your legs when you come home, it is a greeting.

Head Bunting
The proper term for when your cat is headbutting is “bunting.” This is a very affectionate gesture and they are also depositing their scent.

Slow Blinking
Cats consider prolonged staring impolite and may even view it as an aggressive threat. Slow blinks, on the other hand, are comforting and a sign of affection. Slow blinks are often referred to as “cat kisses.”

Rolling on their backs and exposing their bellies
This is another behavior that shows your cat trusts you. It is a sign of total relaxation but may trigger a defensive reaction if you pet the cat’s stomach. Most cats dislike having their bellies rubbed and may let you know it. It is better to give cheek and forehead scratches and the avoid the stomach altogether.

Kneading
Kittens initially knead their mama’s belly while nursing. When a cat is relaxed; many will knead a blanket or even your skin as they drift off to sleep.

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and strong…because sometime in your life you will have been all of these.”

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