How to say ‘I love you’ in dog & cat language
by Dr Margit Gabriele Muller
For many of us, our pets are the most beloved addition to our families and sometimes even our only friends and companions. We pet parents know that our four-legged companions bring joy and happiness into our life and enrich it beyond imagination. There is no love greater than a dog’s or cat’s unconditional love for us.
Cats and dogs’ languages are different to ours, and to each other’s, so, it’s vital we learn their non-verbal communication so we can communicate with them correctly. But how can we say ‘I love you’ in dog and cat language? Let’s have a closer look…
How dogs show you they love you
Nothing can surpass a dog wagging his tail when you come home after work or travel. This happy tail wagging is a sure sign that your dog is not just delighted that you have come home, but also an expression of his love for you. Then comes the famous belly display. Showing his most vulnerable part - his tummy - to you is a strong sign of your furry partner’s trust and confidence in you. In addition, some dogs love to sit next to you and lean with their full body weight on your legs and thighs which is another way of showing their affections.
How to say ‘I love you’ in dog language
Are you one of those dog parents who love talking to their pooch? Speaking to them in a high-pitched voice with “baby dog language” is a sign of affection for them and they enjoy being the center of attention especially if you use words with positive connotations like food, walk, playing, toy or treat.
Gazing at your dog for a long time also conveys your love and leads to an increase of oxytocin the “love” hormone in both of you. However, ensure that you don’t stare down at your dog as this will achieve the opposite effect.
Dogs are amazing in reading our facial expressions. Your splendid smile and raised left eyebrow are a facial expression that your furry friend understands very well as loving one. Your dog might even mimic your expression, raising his eyebrow, the left more than the right, as an affectionate loving sign on his part.
Spending time with your dog is the most cherished appreciation ever for your canine buddy. And they love it even more when you’re on the same level as them. Sitting on the floor together will make your dog very happy as he has full access to you- he can sit on your lap or just snuggle up to your side to get his never-ending tummy rub. Show your love by leaning in the same way as your dog.
The ultimate way to show your love to your beloved furry friend is a gentle massage – he will enjoy the gentle movement while at the same time love hormones are excreted which make him happy and relaxed.
How cats show you they love you
Purring is a sign of deep relaxation but when your kitty purrs whilst rubbing on you, it’s an affirmation of love. Cats show their affection by licking their beloved cat parent – usually on the face or hands.
Have you ever seen your cat blinking very slowly at you? This translates as ‘I love you` in cat language. If your feline friend head butts you or shows you her belly– these are both clear signs of love, affection, and trust.
How to say ‘I love you’ in cat language
Slowly blinking at your kitty and gazing lovingly in her eyes lets her know you love her. Grooming your cat nicely with a brush or giving a gentle massage shows your love in a big way as grooming is an important part of a cat’s life and can take up to 30% of her daily time.
But it’s not only body language that can convey our love to our furry friends. We can also show them our affection with special deeds.
Things you can do to show your dog and cat you love them
The best way of affirming your love to your furry buddies is by spending quality time with them. Nothing shows your appreciation more than a homemade treat for your canine and feline friend that’s made with yummy ingredients.
Playing with your cat and dog is another way to demonstrate your love – especially if you use toys and catnip (for cats). A new toy is always heaven on earth for our furry friends and special treat dispensing or interactive toys are not just innovative and fun, they keep your pooch and kitty happily occupied for ages.
Some dogs love to dress up to feel special and know they look amazing. Therefore, it’s a great idea to buy a new stylish piece of clothing to shower your beauty queens and kings with your praise and love.
Some pooches are also crazy about driving. It’s a real highlight for them if you take them for a drive in your car and, as ultimate treat, to visit your dog’s favorite destination.
There are so many ways we can show our dear pets that we love them and how important they are to us. A little love every day goes a long way – and the love we get in return is the greatest and most beautiful gift. Therefore, your pet is your pill for your health, success, and happiness!
Article by Dr Margit Gabriele Muller, leading vet and award winning author of Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to A Happy, Healthy and Successful Life, out now, available on Amazon.