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How can you tell if your cat likes you?

The telltale signs.
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You love your cat unconditionally but how do you know if your cat loves you back?

Although your furry friend can’t tell you how they’re feeling, there are some signs to look for.

‘Cats can’t tell us how they’re feeling, but if we watch their behaviour closely we can work out a lot,’ writes Susan Hazel in an article for The Conversation in their Curious Kids Series. 

Depending on your cat’s personality, there are two signs that could indicate they are unhappy.   

‘The first kind of cat might hide away under a bed or in a cupboard and show no interest in playing or interacting. If it also stops eating and grooming this is likely a sign that it’s not happy,’ Susan explains.

‘The second kind of cat might pace around, or seek your attention by meowing constantly. These cats might follow you around all of the time, and destroy furniture or other things in your house.’

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So how do you know if your cat likes you?

If they snuggle up to your for a cuddle and a pat, they probably like you.

“Cats will choose to hang around people they really like, the same as you do with your friends,” says Hazel.

Additionally, “If your cat likes being petted it will probably stay still, close its eyes, and move its head or body so that you rub its favourite places.”

But don’t be offended if your cat doesn’t like the attention you are giving it, all cats are different and some prefer to be left alone.

This article originally appeared on BHG.

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