Signs Your Cat Loves You
When it comes to pets and affection, dogs get all the credit.
They’re the ones with the wagging tails and slobbery kisses; the pets who jump in your arms when you come home from work and follow you around the house, begging to play.
Cats, on the other hand, are more subtle. They can have the same affinity for their owners. They just show it in different ways.
Dogs evolved to be more social because they’re used to working in packs, says Dr. Jill Sackman, a clinician in behavioral medicine and senior medical director of BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ Michigan hospitals. Our feline friends, however, are believed to have descended from the African wild cat. These are solitary animals. They don’t hang out in groups outside the family unit.
It’s believed today’s domestic cats think their human owners are actually other cats, albeit slightly bigger and weirder looking ones, says Sackman. Thus, they show their affection for us the same way they would for other members of their feline family.
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