It’s not always easy to interpret your cat’s behavior. So it can be hard to know whether they trust you or not. Fortunately, there are some signs that you can see that the love you feel for your pet is mutual. People and animals experience trust in a different way. Animals need routine to feel comfortable and happy. So you need to transform those boring routines into positive interactions. That’s the best way to grow trust between you and your cat.
Your cat squeezes your skin with their paws
If your cat kneads her paws into your skin, that’s a sign she needs you – and trusts you. This kneading dates back to childhood, when the kitten communicated to his mother that he was hungry and wanted to drink milk. When your cat does this, she remembers the happy feeling when she was a baby and she wants to share it with you. So your cat actually sees you as a mother figure. Unfortunately, that sign of affection is often accompanied by sharp claws. But you should be honored that your cat loves you so much.
Your cat rubs their head against you
In most animals, a headbutt is not exactly a sign of affection, but with cats, it is actually a loving gesture! You may have seen cats hitting someone with their head, sometimes softly, sometimes less softly. Then they rub their face against that person. That’s how a cat marks things. They mark you with their scent glands that are on their head and on the side of their head. That fact that they want to mix their scent with yours is a sign of love, acceptance and possession. Cats only “own” people they trust.
They roll on their back
Your cat’s belly is a very sensitive area. If they roll over on their back and shows you their belly, that’s their way of saying they feel good around you. However, that doesn’t mean they wants you to pet or stroke their belly, most cats don’t like that. They just wants to show you that they feel safe with you. A cat’s belly is a vulnerable place. In nature, it is very dangerous for any animal to show their belly because their body is soft there and so it can be more easily attacked by a predator.
Your cat will bring you their prey
Even if you don’t have a cat yourself, you’ve probably heard of a cat bringing little “presents”, like mice and other small animals, to their owners. You may think of the word “presents” as sarcastic, but for your cat, they are real presents. For your cat, their prey is showing victory, survival and their instinct as a predator. Wild cats catch food for their young, so if your cat brings you their prey, it means they regards you as family. So don’t think of it as something negative. Your cat is trying to show you that they trust you enough to show such an important part of their survival instinct.