There’s nothing better than loving a cat – and nothing worse than the frustration that comes with being unable to tell them how much we care for them! Our cats may not understand our words, and they definitely don’t welcome being squished and kissed all over, but there are ways to say those three little words without saying anything at all! Even better? Your cat will get the message loud and clear!
1. Love, Pets and Attention
The simplest, easiest way to show your cat you care is to shower them with attention. Dedicate some time to giving them your full, undivided attention so that you can stroke, pet, and scratch all their favorite spots to get pets! If you need a few hints for finding those sweet spots, check out our article on Your Cat’s Four Favorite Places To Be Petted.
2. New Toys For Playtime
Play is essential for keeping your cat entertained, and a new toy can provide hours of fun if you pick the right one for your cat! Not only does your feline friend get to exercise his mind and body, he gets to spend some quality time with you – and what could be better than that? You can show love to shelter cats by choosing their toys from the iHeartCats store – every toy you buy your cat also provides a toy to a shelter kitty who needs one!
3. Learn To Say It In “Cat”
Your cat may not understand the words “I love you to bits,” but they can still tell you in their own way — and they understand when you “say” it back! With some practice, you’ll be speaking fluent cat in no time, and can tell your kitty you love them all day if you’d like. For a quick language lesson, check out 5 Ways To Tell Your Cats You Love Them In Their Own Language.
4. Meet Their Needs
Your cat relies on you for everything. Putting their priorities at the top of your list can show a lot of love. Keep their water clean, their bellies full, and their litter boxes empty, and they’ll know that not only do you care for them, you really love them, too.
5. Keep Health A Priority
Whether your cat is a fan of the veterinarian or not, trips to the vet are a necessity, and taking your cat in the moment you notice signs that something is off can help prolong his life. Taking it easy on the treats and keeping him at a healthy weight is also a huge help. Some of these gestures may not lead to instant gratification, but if he knew it was all to keep him comfortable and around longer, he’d probably thank you!
6. Treats – Sometimes
Although overdoing it on the goodies can be hazardous to your cat’s health, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat to show your cat you care. High value treats, especially the kind your cat sees on your own plate, can make him feel really special. See our post on 5 “People Foods” You CAN Share With Your Cat to make sure you’re only sharing things from your table that are safe for your cat! Or choose from a variety of all-natural treats from the iHeartCats store. Every purchase provides meals for shelter cats, and these freeze-dried snacks are actually good for your feline friend!