5 Ways to Tell if Your Cats Love Each Other
Cats have a well-earned reputation for being solitary animals. They’re not generally the friendliest with individuals, with canines, or even with one another. Yet even the most unemotional and lone of creatures can shape enduring kinships. Here and there, two of those unemotional, lone creatures can also get to know one another. Following are a few ways to tell if your cats love each other.
Here are the signs to look for:
1. Are they kissing?
Not really, just grooming. We all know that cats spend a lot of time licking their fur. Bonded cats will often engage in grooming each other. It is common to see two cats that are in acceptance of each other lick each other around the face and head. Sometimes they even close their eyes as if saying awe, that’s nice.
2. Cat Naps
Cats that have a calm and safe connection are often found snuggled up together in some of their favorite sleeping spaces. Cats feel vulnerable to have their bellies exposed, so to be able to relax an snuggle with a buddy, belly side up is pretty awesome. Be it, laying on their favorite kitty bed in the sunshine or curled up in front of the fireplace, you will find bonded cats taking naps together regularly.
3. It’s all in good fun
A litter of kittens learns skills like stalking, chasing, and pouncing as they roll and tumble with each other, and it sure is fun to watch. We have all heard that unmistakable sound of a screaming cat fight in the back alley. That is not what this is about. Grown cats that can play-fight without getting out of hand and know friendly boundaries are just having a good time. These playful bouts are usually with cats that have been buddies for quite a while. Remember that introducing a new cat can result in aggressive fighting, so know the different signs. If you notice signs of biting or scratching resulting in blood, hair standing on end with tail in full fluff, hissing and growling, the fun is over, and it’s time to step in and break it up.
4. Dinner time
Multi-cat homes that offer free access to food may notice dinner parties around the food bowl. Cats that are comfortable eating together without aggression, are likely cool hanging out together. You don’t want your cats to compete for their food. Feeding your cats in the presence of each other can teach them to accept each other when the food shows up. Having a good lunch with buddies is always the best!
5. We are not just butting heads!
Cats have many scent glands on their bodies, especially on their heads and faces. These glands are used to add their identification scent to things around them. Cats that rub their heads or bump their heads into another cat are sharing a bonding method depositing their scent as well as picking up the scent of his buddy. Sometimes it is just a little hello bump. Sometimes it is an affectionate gesture that releases pheromones letting its buddy know he is a friendly cat it knows and can trust.
Some cats just can’t seem to get along with another cat. They are grumpy to ALL other cats. I guess they have traits in common with some humans in that regards. It takes all kinds to make the world go around.
“5 Ways to Tell if Your Cats Love Each Other”
Guest Writer: Andy Wisdom works at Squishy Faces Pet Lover Apparel where 10% of every purchase goes directly to no-kill animals shelters around the country.
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Do your cats like each other?