Does your cat love you? Take our quiz to find out!
Cats and humans: the special bond between our two species
There’s no denying that humans and cats have a special connection. Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been living alongside humans for just as long.
During that time, cats have developed a unique relationship with humans that can be affectionate, playful, and even therapeutic. Our kitties can cheer us up when we are feeling down, and they make us feel warm and fuzzy inside when they cuddle up to us and purr in contentment.
Do cats feel love? ♥
While it may not be quite the same as the human experience of love, cats do feel a strong attachment to their special humans that is the feline equivalent of love.
In fact, scientific research suggests that cats are capable of experiencing a range of emotions and that they may have an emotional life that is more complex than previously thought.
Signs that cats are capable of feeling love:
- They are able to form deep social bonds with their owners and other cats. This is evident in behaviours such as cuddling, rubbing and licking.
- They may show affection towards their owners in various ways, such as purring, kneading, nuzzling, and following them around.
- They may also express distress or sadness when separated from their owners or other cats they are bonded with.
- They have a strong instinct to protect and care for their young, which signifies that they feel emotion and form attachments.
- They are capable of feeling a range of other emotions, including joy, fear, anxiety and grief.
Take our quiz to find out if your cat loves you!
It’s easy to know how strong your feelings are towards your cat, but you may be wondering if your cat has similar feelings towards you! Your cat can’t tell you in words, but they can show you in other ways just how much they love you… if they can be bothered! 😉
Answer the six questions below, then simply add up your points and find out for yourself if your cat truly loves you…
Does your cat get excited &/or acknowledge your return when you come home?
- No, my cat usually doesn’t get excited when I come home. It’s as if I never left!
- Sometimes my cat gets excited or acknowledges my return when I get home.
- Yes, my cat usually meows, purrs, rubs against me or shows other signs of excitement when I come home.
Does your cat follow you around the house?
- No, my cat prefers to stay where it is when I leave the room and doesn’t usually follow me around.
- Sometimes my cat follows me around but is equally happy to stay behind when I leave the room.
- Yes, my cat likes to be where I am most of the time and often follows me around!
Does your cat like to be petted or cuddled by you?
- No, my cat doesn’t like to be petted or cuddled by me, he/she prefers to have their own space.
- Sometimes my cat allows me to pet or cuddle them but doesn’t initiate petting or cuddling.
- Yes, my cat loves to be petted or cuddled by me and will even approach me for a pet or cuddle.
Does your cat come to you when you call their name?
- No, my cat never comes to me when I call his/her name, they just ignore me completely!
- Sometimes my cat comes to me but other times they stubbornly ignore me.
- Yes! My cat usually responds and comes quickly and eagerly to me.
Does your cat rub their head or body against you?
- No, my cat doesn’t rub against me!
- Occasionally my cat rubs against me, but not usually.
- Yes, my cat often rubs against me to show its affection for me!
Does your cat purr when you pet or talk to them?
- No, my cat never purrs in response to me.
- My cat sometimes purrs in response to my petting or talking, but not usually.
- Yes, my cat often purrs in response when I pet them or talk to them.
Now add up your score:
- For every question you chose (1), give yourself 1 point.
- For every question you chose (2), give yourself 2 points.
- For every question you chose (3), give yourself 3 points.
- If you scored 14-18 points: Congratulations, your cat clearly loves you! Your cat loves spending time with you, often follows you around, listens to you, and shows affection towards you.
- If you scored 9-13 points: Your cat loves you, but you may not be its one true love. Perhaps your cat doesn’t have favourites and loves all the members of the family equally.
- If you scored 8 or fewer points: Your cat doesn’t show clear feelings of love toward you, however, this doesn’t mean that your cat doesn’t love you in its own way. You can strengthen your relationship by spending time and engaging in activities together, such as grooming your cat and playing interactive games.