At the end of April, Tyler and I welcomed two kittens into our home. Milo (white/grey) and Marty (black/white). We chose these names as both are characters played by Michael J. Fox, whom we are both huge fans of.
During the time we've had them, we began wondering.... How do we know our cats love us? I did some research into cat gestures and thankfully, I recognised a lot of these signs in our cats.
Here are 5 ways cats tend to show you love...
1) Exposed Belly
Marty tends to give us a flash of his tummy when he's feeling loving. Cats, like many other animals don't just expose their tummy to anyone. This is pure trust and a really good indicator as to their comfort around you.
2) Kneading Your Legs
Both Milo and Marty love needing our legs once they get themselves into a comfortable position for a long nap. This is considered one of the main ways a cat tells you they love you. Unfortunately, the harder they kneed the more they love you, so you can expect to get some sharp claws digging into your flesh!
This may seem like an odd behaviour, but this is really how cats show you they care. They'll push their head into your hands or give you a head-butt directly to your face. Cats have concentrated glands in their head and neck, they're rubbing their scent on you.
4) Staring Directly Into Your Eyes
When they stare and take a long time to blink, this is a very positive sign of love. Some experts say it's like a cat giving you kisses.
5) Rubbing Against Your Legs
When your cat just can't seem to get enough of your legs, this is a very good sign. Milo will dart in-between my legs or sit underneath me when I'm crouching or kneeling. It's very important to let your cat rub up against you.
Paying attention to these small cat gestures is very important for you and your cat to bond.
Kittens Can Sleep Up To 18 Hours A Day!
Since kittens have a lot of growing to do, they need to conserve their energy by sleeping as when they sleep, special growth hormones get to work in turning your kitten into an adult cat.
Kittens Can Be Right Or Left Pawed
Just like humans, kittens/cats will have be a lefty or a righty. If you observe closely, you'll notice which paw your kitten uses the most when exploring and discovering new things.
Kittens Can Fit Anywhere Their Heads Can
We all know kittens and cats end up getting themselves caught in all sorts of places when exploring, but the best way to determine if you kitten can get somewhere, is by looking at the size of their head. So when kitten proofing your house, be sure to get every spot that your kitten could get caught in.
All Kittens Have Blue Eyes
If you're so involve with your kittens blue eyes, sorry to be the one to tell you... All kittens are born with blue eyes. Only when they're around 8 weeks old do their eye colour change and fully developed.
Kittens & Cats Are Lactose Intolerant
Despite what we're shown in cartoons, kittens and cats shouldn't be given milk as chances are they'll be lactose intolerant.
The Same Litter Of Kittens Can Have Multiple Fathers
More than one cat can impregnate a cat during the heat cycle. This is why some litters of kittens can be so different.
Finding the right cat accessories for your furry friend can be tricky. As it's important that it'll make your cat feel comfortable and stimulated throughout the day.
Here are some fantastic cat accessories that should be worth considering to brighten up you and your cat's day.
Wooden Cat Litter Box
This lovely little wooden cat litter box offers privacy and is an interior dream! It's stylish, compact and clean. It is on the pricey side at £72.80. To purchase this beauty, you can find it here.
This is the cutest yet most amusing cat bed I've found. Whilst it may not be the most conventional cat bed, it's fun. It is currently on sale for £14.99. If you're interested in purchasing, you can find the Kitty Cab here.
Senses Play Circuit
It's important to keep your kitty entertained and stimulated throughout the day, especially when you aren't around. This is a fantastic cat toy that should keep your cat stimulated for the day ahead. You can find the product here.
A food tree is the perfect way to keep your cat stimulated and amused when feeding. It allows your cat time to digest it's food before digging in for more. You can find the food tree here.
Mickey Mouse Cat Collar
This list wouldn't be complete without a Disney collar. This is such a cute Mickey Mouse collar. You can buy this collar for just £18.04 here.