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How to Tell Cats You Love Them

Show your cat you love her with these tips.

Cats and humans don't always speak the same language. In fact, some things we do to try and show our cats love might actually be harming them. Learn more here: "You Love Spoiling Your Cat, but Should You?"

Luckily, there are easy ways to let your kitty know you adore her. We've compiled some here to help you bridge the communication gap between you and your feline friend.

Slow Eye Blink at Her

Cats slow eye blink at each other and at their humans when they're feeling relaxed and loving. You can slow eye blink back at your cat, too, and she'll understand the feline gesture as love. Learn more here: "Why Do Cats Do the Slow Eye Blink?: It's a Kitty 'Eye Love You'!"

Use Interactive Toys to Play with Her

Cats are predators, but they often don't get to use those instincts as much as they need to when they're house cats.

You can allow your cat the outlet of chasing prey by providing interactive toys for her. Spend at least 10 minutes a day playing with your cat using a wand toy. A toy like the Frolicat Cheese Cat Toy can be great, too.

Predator-prey play helps keeps cats mentally and physically healthy.

Give Her Comfortable Beds and Plenty of Them

Cats love to sleep and providing great quality, cozy beds is a great way to show yours you love her. Many cats like to be up high, so consider a tall cat tree with a roomy bed on top. That way, your cat can get above her territory and survey it. She'll know you love her when you provide her with this amenity.

Provide Great Cat Scratching Posts

Cats need to scratch to stay emotionally and physically healthy. But they don't like to scratch just anything. Sisal fabric is a great cat scratching substrate, and when it's wrapped around a tall, sturdy post, it's cat scratching heaven.

Give Her a Hiding Spot

Cats like to hide, watching things from the safety of an enclosed space. Give your cat cardboard boxes and cat caves to show her that you understand and love her.

Snuggle Her

Not all cats like to cuddle, but those that do will be over the moon when you make time for snuggling daily.

Get yourself a lap blanket so your cat's happy muffin-making claws don't poke your legs, and get to showing your cat you love her with some quality cozy time.

Give Her Whiskers a Break

Did you know that cats can get whisker fatigue? If you're using water and food bowls that push back on her whiskers when she eats and drinks, you may be unwittingly causing your cat pain.

Get a cat fountain and an anti-whisker fatigue bowl and place them on opposite sides of the room. Cats don't like to eat and drink close to each other, so giving her whiskers a break and separating her food and water sources will let her know that you really get her.

Now that you've learned how to show love to your cat, you might want to brush up on the ways cats show love to humans. That way, you'll understand when your cat shows you adoration: "Ways Your Cat Shows You Love: Slideshow."

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