Do Cats Love Their Owners. The Facts May Amaze You.

Every pet owner likes to think that our pets love us as much as we love them, but is that really true and do cats love their owners? It has been a fact that dogs love their owners, like the dog who sits by his masters grave, even though his owner passed several years earlier, but can the same be said for cats? Let us look into this matter more deeply, and look at the available scientific research on ‘do cats love their owners’? We will also look into what cat and animal behaviorists have concluded as well.

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Important differences between cats and dogs

Firstly there is a big difference between the way cats look at us, and the way dogs look at us, and although we know a lot about canines, we don’t know that much about cats and their behavior. A dog is part of a pack, while the cat is mostly a solitary animal, it can be just at home on its own as it can with several other cats. A dog has to rely on the rest of the pack to hunt for food, and they have to have a bond between them to work together, especially when hunting. Alternatively, a pet dog has to rely on its owner to feed him, whereas a cat will instinctively hunt on its own if the need arises, and a cat will wash and groom himself, while a dog needs his owner to do that.

So do cats love their owners? Important Research conclusions.

These points are quite relevant to finding out whether or not your cat loves you, because looking at the behavior in animals and researching, leads us to conclusions that may not have been realized before. Having said that, recent research performed on cats, and observation performed by cat behaviorists seems to indicate that cats do not actually love us like dogs do. Moreover, cats do not actually need us to survive was the point being made, yet there must be a type of bond between cat, and owner due to the fact that even cats that can wander off choose to stay.

One research performed by the University of Lincoln concluded that cats are much more independent than dogs, because they do not show any signs of separation anxiety when their owners leave the house, or room. Additionally, they seem to feel quite comfortable when left on their own for a while, making them excellent pets for those who have to work, whereas a dog may whine, or pine for his master until he comes home. Usually, one would expect if a pet is attached to their owner, they would show some signs of distress when the owner is not around, this wasn’t the case with cats.

do cats love their owners

Owners conclusions in comparison

Many owners can come to this same conclusion for themselves under certain circumstances, like when a cat is afraid, rather than run to its owner, he may hide under a bed, or on top of a cabinet. Having said that, many owners do create a bond between their cat and themselves, over time it is inevitable that a bond is created, which could be concluded as a type of love or affection. Although the research shows that cats do not need us, our cats, if given the opportunity, they would choose to stay, rather than run off.

During the course of observation, and research by different entities, it has also been noticed with cats behavior that what cats do with humans, they also do with their mothers or other cats. For instance, cats purr while rubbing up against your legs, a tail in the air or licking, is everything that cats do to one another, however, they do not do this to a cat that is inferior to them, so maybe they see us as another cat or someone that is superior to them. You may have experienced your cat kneading you with its paws, this is what they do as a kitten to stimulate milk from the mother cat.

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Do cats have feelings for us different to love?

Science is based on facts, and the facts are that cats simply treat us like they do other cats, but there may be much more to it than that. Much more research needs to be done in order to fully understand cats, and the research done so far has just been the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Moreover, we do know cats, like all animals, have feelings, because when they get hurt they cry out in pain, when they are sick it shows in the way they act, so just maybe they have other feelings too, like love. Also if your cat greets you at the front door with loud purrs when you come home from work, did they miss you? or are they just saying hi? Are these signs your cat loves you?

The research performed was done using 20 different cats, and their owners as well as strangers, in a different environment than what they were used to, and monitored how the cats reacted when their owner left the room. This was done to find out if the cat showed any signs of distress or anxiety once the owner was gone. However, the cats were more vocal when the owner left the room, and although this was of no concern in the conclusion, maybe cats have a different way of showing they are missing you.

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To sum up and your response………….

Finally, just because research shows that there is no evidence that cats can love us as we do them, it doesn’t necessarily prove that they cannot love us. We as humans may still kiss our parents when we visit them, or hug friends we haven’t seen in a while, just as we kissed, and hugged our family as children, is this an inbred instinct, or habit? Or are we showing our love? It is ultimately an individuals choice whether you believe your cat is returning your love or not, and many owners will not hesitate when asked if they think their cat loves them, so what do you think? Do cats love us or not? Please leave your opinion in the Leave a Reply section below.

Author: James Kelly

James Kelly is a network marketer and blogger who earns a living from affiliate programs and blogs

21 thoughts on “Do Cats Love Their Owners. The Facts May Amaze You.”

  1. Your article gives me various responses.

    I love how dogs miss us and want us to pet them. That’s why I choose dogs.

    But your article about cats are independent made me want to get one. They might have lower maintenance costs compared to dogs. They can hunt for themselves. YAY!
    Or maybe I should not get a cat because I may neglect it because of that.

  2. Very interesting article. But what is love anyway? Just because a dog needs us does it mean a dog loves us more? Sure the dog is upset when the owner leaves but isn’t that just because he knows he will be hungry without the owner? I’m not sure if that’s truly love. What do you think?

  3. Hi, James.

    Thanks for sharing this information about cats. I don’t know cats so much because I’ve never had one as a pet. My family had dogs when they raised me. I will have a dog maybe this year because I love dogs. I’ve had different experiences with cats during the years. Sometimes I don’t trust them because I have been bitten and they seem a bit unpredictable to me.

    I agree that cats seems to be more independent than dogs and can manage without their owners. I also think that cats feel something for their owners maybe it’s affection or maybe they just enjoy having a warm and cosy place to stay and be fed.

    Tove

    1. I think that cats are very cunning creatures. To me our cat is always affectionate by rubbing against me when he wants something, like food! As for cuddling up to me on my lap and showing affection at other times – a definite no! Still not every cat is the same and I am sure other readers have different opinions.

      Jim

  4. I can tell you categorically, there is a connection between owners and their cats.
    Your comment on superior and inferior cats is the perfect starting point as either way, this constitutes a relationship.

    Cats could just walk out but choose not to, not because they fill part of a family but because their being fed.

    Equally, cats that do have a loving connection really do have. I’ve had various cats over the years and had totally different relationships with each some stronger than others.

    I also have three kids………….I’ve leave the next sentence to your imagination of what I was going to say next : )

  5. Very interesting article. I, personally, have a female cat and male cat. The female, I truly believe loves me. She follows me around like a dog. Sits under my chair when I eat. Goes in the bathroom with me when I go, and paws at the door if I don’t let her. And when I leave for any extended period of time and my wife isn’t home, she throws up. lol She just sits and stares at me continuously and the minute I return from somewhere, she’s in my lap. She’s sitting outside my bedroom door waiting for me to come out in the mornings. I truly believe they can feel some sense of love.

    1. Thanks for those comments Grant. I do agree with you that with some cats there is definitely a bond between them and their owners, whether this manifests as love who knows? I know that whenever my eldest daughter packed her suitcases for overseas trips her cat ( who we looked after in her absence ) instinctively knew that he would not have her company for some time and viewed this packing with apprehension! On her return he would sulk for days for her having dared to leave him!

      Jim

  6. Yes, I think cats are able to love their owners. But not every cat that a person owns will love him/her. It also depends on the relationship between the owner and pet. I used to have a cat years ago and she was like my child to me. She in turn was very affectionate with me and we had a very strong bond. Cats are definitely great pets to have and should be treated with love and affection.

  7. Very interesting article. I believe Both cats and dogs enjoy affection for one reason or another, Whether it is actually love or just that they want scratched seems to be a matter of perception. I have had both cats and dogs although I am more of a dog person. I did love my cat and I do believe she loved us because, like your post said, she came back.

  8. Great article.
    Really interesting.
    To be honest I’m much more of a dog lover, specifically because what you mention in the post. Dogs show more emotion and love than cats, and since they are pack animals, they instantly feel like part of the family.

    What’s interesting is the concept that cats might show love differently than what we think. I guess as time moves on, we will know more about the relationship between cats and humans.

  9. I have had quite a few cats in my lifetime, most with me for at least a decade, and a few for at least 2. I can say with unrelenting assuredness, cats are certainly capable of loving you. I write this as my two fluffs are sound asleep, one on my bed and the other nearby, undeniably taking comfort in and enjoying our presence together. That’s part of love to me anyway. I can recall a time not too long ago when I never imagined feeling such a strong expression of a loving bond, like that with family, with my cat. For all my cats, our relationship definitely seemed to develop and grow over time. But the fact remains some cats truly are capable of clearly expressing affection and love for their human friend. And maybe some are not; do you believe every human is? This is especially seems to especially present when the love is reciprocated (in a manner that cats seem to appreciate, of course).

    My 2 cats are very loving, especially while im home more often now that im studying, always hanging out with me while I’m doing whatever im doing. I have a 3rd cat that has become mostly feral over the years, hopefully not when it gets too cold. But she always comes home every few days and has a meal of wet food (rather than the crunchies we leave outside in case she needs it)… or a long nap deserved after her long adventures. Whether she comes home soley for the food or because she actually misses me, I’m happy to take care of her and I love her, as another living being, regardless.

    1. Many thanks for this very in depth response Danielle and I very much appreciate it. As you rightly say where affection goes no two cats are alike and in that regard are similar to their owners. I am divided in my opinion over our current cat Oscar, a former stray, as to whether he shows affection to me. He does rub himself against me first thing every morning but this is only a message to me that he wants to be fed! At 5 years old he is definitely not a lap cat but will sit next to me on the couch when taking a nap. Most of the day he is out visiting the neighborhood but does not wander too far and with his acute sense of hearing he always seems to be aware when I am outside at lunchtime as he then suddenly appears hoping for some scraps to eat!

      Jim

  10. I truly don’t think it matters if the cat loves you or not. We love our cats. That’s why there are sites like this. If my cat allows me to cuddle and pet her and play with her that’s enough for me. I adore my furbaby.

  11. My female cat and I cuddle for hours when I’m home,and when I get home from work,my male cat is waiting by the door. If you say “kisses”to him he will put his mouth on yours for you to kiss and rub his head against your cheek. I believe that’s love, or certainly great affection.

  12. I truly believe it depends on the cat. My cat definitely gets separation anxiety when I leave her. Mopes around til I get back home. I get kisses on the nose. She shows lots of love and affection. I guess to each their own. She always has to be where I am, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love her,she loves me. It’s pretty simple. Every cat is definitely different in personality. One cat maybe skiddish and have fear or don’t like much interaction. To the next cat might like the constant attention.

  13. One morning i woke to my then 9month old tuxedo cat lying next to me on her back staring at me with her paw on my face. She will put her mouth to mine when i ask for a kiss most of the time and she comes running when i call her most of the time even though she now has three names! She lets me clip her nails. I think she loves me. I sure love her!

    1. I think cats definitely love, and you can see this in the way they miss you , and wait for you to come home. They sleep near you and follow you about

  14. My cat, Leo, loves to be held and lick my face. He’ll jump from the floor onto my back and climb on my shoulders, just so he can lick my face. Leo also loves to play fetch. No joke. When he’s in the mood, Leo drops this foam ball at my feet and I know thats when he wants me to throw it. It will go on for at least 10 minutes. When he doesn’t want to fetch anymore, he’ll drop the ball just out of my reach and will lay down. Also, when I leave for work, my room mate says Leo sits by the door and meows over and over.

    I’ve been around a lot of friendly, cuddly cats, but this guy is over the top! I love it!

  15. I do not know what to say about your article. I always had dogs and did not want to have cats because of what people say that they are not affectionate pets like dogs until we moved to New York. I wanted a dog but my partner wanted a cat, I accepted with one condition that I wanted a cat big and intelligent like a dog. We bought two kitties Maine Coon (Female and Male). Quickly, the kitties chose us, the male attach to my partner and the female attach to me. They changed complete my thought about cats. As soon as we arrived home, they are waiting for us close to the door, when we are watching TV, they are with us, even if we are going to the bathroom, they follow us ( the male to my partner and my princes to me) The bond, connection and love between us is so strong that we cannot be separated. I like to talk to them in both languages (Spanish and English) so they learned our languages. The female miaow to me every time I talk or sing to her. If I am in my office room studying or watching TV so she is next to me. I know it sounds ridiculous but it is amazing after 7 years together how they changed my mind about cats. Is there is love there?, I am pretty sure it is and a lot. Maybe, it could be the breed that Maine Coon are intelligent cats

    1. Thank you Jose for sharing those thoughts with our readers. WOW talking to your cats in 2 different languages, that’s a real novelty! I assume from what you say that your cats are indoor ones which maybe is the reason why they are more liberal at showing their affection to you compared with the outdoor ones which are far more independent and probably less affectionate to their owners.

  16. I have had many cats in my lifetime and I have no doubt my cats love me. What I find different between my dogs and my cats is what I see in their eyes. I see a neeediness that has come from my dogs eyes and there is a sense they see into your eyes and we can see into theirs, which promotes that feeling of reciprocal love and understanding. On the other hand, you will see nothing in a cats eyes. Their love and emotions and reciprocal bond is found intuitively. And physically. That is the difference.

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