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Cat Love: Do Cats Really Love?

Updated on February 18, 2016

Cat Love

Cat Love: Is It Real? Of course!
Cat Love: Is It Real? Of course!

"I definitely do believe that cats love each other and human beings."

Cat Love -- Real or Just a Big Case of Cat-Lady Projection?

The question of whether or not cat love is real may seem silly to those who don't know cats. They're just animals, we hear you say. But perhaps you need to look a little closer. Let me see if I can convince you ...

As I sit down to write this article, my cat, Jo, is meowing and snuggling up around my feet, waiting a bit impatiently for her latest batch of kittens to pop into the world. As I write, my smallest cat, Gray Eyes, is circling around her, playing and wondering what her Mom is doing. And my other one, Shilo, is sitting in the living room, sleeping beside my husband as he watches golf.

Yes, we have three cats, and sometime soon, we will have three to six more little tiny kittens that live in our household. As the owner of three cats with a few more on the way, I definitely do believe that cats love each other and human beings, because I have seen it with my own eyes.

Some would argue, however, that I am anthropomorphizing, which means I am applying human characteristics to a non-human entity. Anthropomorphism can be considered a form of arrogance: projecting our characteristics unto something that clearly does not have those characteristics. Placing human characteristics on non-human entities could also be considered rather foolish and child-like, a naïve pandering to silly emotions.

Example of Cat Love

This is a picture of Shiloh, and one of the kittens, Grey Eye, who we kept. Shiloh is not the biological mother, but the two shared a strong attachment.
This is a picture of Shiloh, and one of the kittens, Grey Eye, who we kept. Shiloh is not the biological mother, but the two shared a strong attachment.

Sweet Baby Kitten

Kitten we gave away
Kitten we gave away | Source

"Those who argue against cat love have clearly never had a cat reach out and lay her paws on their arm."

A Mother Cat: Best Piece of Evidence For Cat Love

The best way to find evidence for cat emotions is to own a cat. Right now, I own three plus some on the way, and have owned several cats in my lifetime. I can definitely say, from experience, that cats do have emotions, and that they do love.

The strongest example of cat love is a mother and her kittens. The happiness and joy she displays, through purring and a look of contentment rival any human mother with her newborn baby. Those who argue that animals take care of their young merely because of instinct, have clearly not spent an evening with a cat as she carefully washes their little bodies from after-birth, from feces, from urine.

As she lays for hours, belly to the side, forgoing food and movement for herself in order to satisfy these warm living bundles who have arrived straight from her belly. My cat, Jo, will beam up in me, eyes half-closed, when I come and look at her with her babies.

Those who argue against cat love have clearly never had a cat reach out and lay her paws on their arm and roll her nose against theirs. They have not seen the blatant show of affection of a cat who comes in to the owner's room at night and lays beside him sprawled out in a display of trust.

Another example of Cat Love

This is a picture we caught of the cat, Jo, with her three kittens and the other female cat, Shiloh.
This is a picture we caught of the cat, Jo, with her three kittens and the other female cat, Shiloh.

Mama Jo

My cat, Jo.
My cat, Jo.

Tale of Two Cats

The most convincing example I have ever seen of cat love was of five cats that lived in my house a couple months ago. I have mentioned them already: Jo, the Mama cat, Shiloh, the other female cat, and three female kittens.

First, a brief background. Shiloh was our first cat. We got her at eight months, and were delighted with her. However, I was concerned that she wasn't getting enough attention with both of us working full-time, commuting and trying to run our household. She was meowing a lot, and I thought a companion might do her good. Enter Jo. Jo was another female. We got her from a friend at my husband's work, and she couldn't have been more different than Shiloh if we'd brought her from another planet.

Shiloh is playful. Jo is serious. Shiloh is a risk-taker; Jo is cautious. Shiloh never smells; Jo has odour issues. And so and so on. At first, Shiloh was very aggressive towards her, and seemed to constantly be picking fights. Jo would fight back, and they eyed each other with trepidation.

My sweet kitty, Shiloh.
My sweet kitty, Shiloh.

"She wasn't biologically capable of nursing, but she did everything else."

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Needless to say, when Jo had her kittens, I was very concerned. How would Shiloh react to more competition, I wondered. Would she be as aggressive with them, as she was with Jo? Shiloh was immensely curious, and at first, I would not allow her close to the kittens. She kept persisting, however, and my husband encouraged me to let them sort it out for themselves.

Well, Shiloh got in that box, and she lay beside those kittens as if they were her own. She licked them, she stopped them from running away, and she slept beside them. She wasn't biologically capable of nursing, but she did everything else. She provided care while Jo went to the bathroom, and went for a walk.

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That's Cat Love

Living with my cats has given me an opportunity to watch them day in and day out. To observe them and study them regularly. I have seen many different emotions: anger, frustration, sadness, pleasure, and yes, love. Cats don't give affection to anyone that is handy, and they don't think only of themselves. They bestow the gift of affection on those who have earned their trust, and some of them lavish it generously. They do more than merely care for their babies: they hug them, and they purr in contentment when holding them. My cats hug each other, and they hug me. In my books, that is a wonderful kind of love: that, my friends, is cat love, and that is a big reason as to why I am a cat lover!

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed your hub...cats are certainly capable of love. In fact, I wrote one of my hubs about the impact my cat Chico had on me and the unconditional love I learned from him. He was amazing and changed my life in many ways. They are such wonderful companions.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much! I look forward to reading that Hub. Chico sounds like a special kitty that meant a lot to you. I know there are a lot of times I feel so moved by my cats, and how sweet and loving they are. Take care.

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      candycathy 6 years ago

      I have a tiny little cat , she's the cutest thing. A cat shows a special kind of love , only that a feline could develop.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      I so much agree, Cathy!

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      SJerZGirl 6 years ago

      From one cat lady to another, welcome to the Hub-berhood! I love your story about your cats.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Hey, thank you SJerZGirl ... nice to meet you! My family has been trying pin me down as a cat lady, and I've been firmly denying it, but just between me and you, I definitely am! :)

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      Hunter21 6 years ago

      i love cats and i have 21 of them, so i thought these were very cute

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      LoveOurPlanet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I can't help but see love when I see one of my cats (I have 5) washing another's face as they're snuggled up together!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Hunter: Are you serious?? 21 Cats? Wow, that's amazing! As a true cat lover, though, I can't think it would be that bad!

      LoveOurPlanet: I know, isn't it so sweet how they love each other? Five cats, too! It sounds like you love cats as much as I do! :))

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      prairieprincess, you and your cats can all jump for delight because this hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets! Meow... :) I do believe that cats have emotions and they love too. I have a teacher in school who also has 3 cats and your stories made me smile because it is similar to hers. So do visit the Hubnuggets hub and cast your vote! http://bit.ly/e24X3R

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      ripplemaker, thank you so very much for this honour! My cats say "thank you," to for someone giving them this much love! Wow! I'm glad you can relate to this story ... it sounds like your teacher maybe shared a bit in class about her babies? It's hard for true cat lovers to shut up about their cats! Thanks so much and take care!

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination.

      Great pictures of your cats. They certainly are expressive.

      Namaste.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Cats are like to be cuddled. I , too have two playful kittens here with their mother (unfortunately their feline father died a month ago due to an accident). Mico and Mica are a delight to our family. They're especially attached to me and always seek warmth on my pajamas whenever I'm about to sleep at night. Congratulations on your nomination!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Deborah Demander, thank you so much for your comment ... yes, they are very expressive! Take care.

      Travel Man, nice to see you again, and thank you so much! I am glad you are enjoying your little darlings there giving you lots of love! Take care!

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, I have seen the love a mother cat lavishes on her kittens and it is a wonder to behold. Sad also when the kittens have to be adopted out!

      Enjoyed reading this Hub!

      Congratulations on your Hubnugget nomination!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Scribenet, thank you so much! And yes, it is hard to adopt them out, but I was very glad to know that they had very good homes ... both families were avid cat lovers, with one cat in the home already. Jo mourned for a few days for her kittens, and so did I! Thanks again for writing ...

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      Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      If my hub wasn't nominated for Hubnuggets, I'd definitely vote for this one. Anyway, I do believe animals love each other and humans as well. Except Domino; he doesn't like anybody and only lets me in the house if I've got a new supply of treats. Seriously though, Domino does show his affection in his own way.

      The last time I saw an example of animal love came when one of my previous cats gave birth to a litter and my Collie would take care of the babies when Mama was gone. Mama came back and saw this dog with her babies and threw a hissy fit. The dog didn't fight back. She just got up and moped off with her head down. Mama cat hurt the dog's feelings.

      Jo looks like she might have a cataract in her left eye.

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      j.amie 6 years ago from PA

      My kitties are very open with their expressions. One of them is quite capable of giving a dirty look, and the other gets very sad eyes if I've been away for a while. They all have their own unique personality for sure, and I do believe they love love love =0)

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Tammy: Haha, that's cute about your Domino ... I wonder if it's his breed because my aunt had a Siamese cat that was quite unfriendly too us. I think they tend to be a bit prickly! And that is very cute about Collie ... that sounds kind of like Shiloh with Jo's babies.

      Thanks for your comment about Jo ... that's interesting that you think she might have cataracts. Wow ... she does seem a bit dopey when it comes to seeing things, but is not totally blind. After we find homes for her kittens, we will be taking her to the doctor to be spayed and I will ask him then.

      J.amie, that's so cute about your kittens, and I'm glad that you agree that they are capable of love. Take care!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub. That was so heart warming how JoJo and Shilo co-parented the kittens. I believe cats are wonderful and amazing creatures.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      2besure, it was so heartwarming to watch them! Cats never cease to amaze me, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      I will tweet this hub as agreed on the forums. My children persuaded us to get cats a few years ago. I always thought of myself as a dog person and never understood people who loved cats. Our first cat was adorable and I was absolutely heartbroken when I saw it run over by a speeding car. It took me years to get over thinking about it and the guilt. We now have 2 adorable cats who are sisters.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I loved this! I also believe that cats feel love since I've witnessed it first hand. Thanks for such a great hub for cat lovers!

      Sharyn

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      YES! YES! YES! You've got it 100% right! Yes..I KNOW that cats can love, that it isn't just "instinct," and that it isn't merely to survive or when mating...cats express so many emotions, so much appreciation. I have many cats and love them all so much and see that they all have distinct, individual pers..no, catanalities. They show us affection and, you are so right, they give love to those humans who have earned it/deserve it. Cats know when we care for them, and they return the care and love. You are definitely a Cat Lady, just as I am. Thank you for a wonderful hub, PrairiePrincess!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      S.John, there's something about having a cat, and getting to know him, that can turn the most indifferent person to cats, into a cat lover. It sounds like it happened to you! I sorry for the loss of your cat, but good for you, for reaching out and getting a new one. And thanks so much for the support. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sharyn, I'm so glad you've seen it, too! I know cats are so full of love and affection!

      Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      LC, that is so cute! I love your coined word: cat-inality! So great to meet a fellow "cat lady!" Thank you for such a great comment!

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      There is no doubt in my mind that cats have emotions. My sweet Specs, who died 2 years ago from inoperable cancer loved unconditionally. I loved her totally and we were very close. I still miss her deeply, my sweet, cuddly, ball of fur. She was such an affectionate and loving kitty! She always was there to comfort me when I needed cheering up! When I had to say my last good-bye, I stayed with her until the very end. It was the hardest and saddest day of my life! I still get choked up when I think of her sweet, funny face and her antics! Thanks for this article. Unconditional love is very rare, but our animal companions have it instinctively!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @KnightHeart, so sorry to hear that you lost your cat to cancer. I know that losing a pet can be such a loss, and hard to get over. I'm glad that this article resonated with you and your experiences. I, too, totally believe that animals have emotions. Take care!

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Hi there. Thank you for your condolences. I don't think I will truly be over Specks' death as long as I live. She was such a special friend! Thank you for creating this hub. I know animals have emotions! No doubt in my mind at all. Specks always was so loving and affectionate. She followed me around like a dog and whenever anyone was sitting or sleeping, she would be right there. 99% of the time, she was with me since she lived me alone for a long time, but she loved everybody!

      I miss her terribly, but pray I will be reunited with her someday. Such loving animals just can't go into oblivion!!!! God Bless you!!!!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Knightheart, love never dies. And love from a cat can be the greatest kind of love because, like you said, it is unconditional. We as humans are so prone to judging each other, but animals don't judge us. They love us. My Grandma says that she believes animals are left over from the time when Adam and Eve were in paradise, and show how we all used to be so innocent. Animals are so innocent and that touches our heart so deeply.

      I have really hoped that about heaven, too, because animals have such a wonderful purity about them.

      What a beautiful kitty you were privileged to know and care for. She will always be a part of you. Take care, and thank you so much for dropping by.

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      My pleasure!!! I just noticed you won some award for this hub...congratulations!!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      "Yes, they do" was my answer to your title. Enjoyed the read. Thanks much. :)

      It would be uncanny to see our cat's behavior if I did not understand that God created her with certain instincts. Her understanding of us sometimes seems to be better than our understanding of her! :) But she is limited, and for all her independence and "I am the queen, the ruler of everything" attitude, she is dependent on us. She enjoys our company. She can be sad, and she can be happy. And she loves. :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      RT, thank you so much for your comment. I know what you mean ... cats really are amazing, and I agree with giving the credit to God, their creator. And it is so true, that they are dependent on us, which so sweet. Thanks for the great comment from a fellow cat lover. Take care!

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      Light.of.sitmoia2 5 years ago

      My cat is 18 ...and diabetic..he is a big lovey dovey!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Light, awww! He sounds like a sweetie!

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      visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

      This is such a beautiful hub! Your subtitle, the bit about cat-lady projection, made me laugh. I'm afraid those who are not cat people may tend to think that way, but after reading your hub, they've gotta see the error of their way of thinking. And that group photo is awww-some!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Vision, thanks so much! I hope I was able to do a good job of convincing them. Yes, those girls were so amazing. I still have three left, and they still get cozy sometimes, which I find adorable. Thank you for the comment. Take care.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      PrairiePrincess...you've said it all and I need not add one more word. So, though, I want to underscore what you've said and add a few of my own observations: You are right..cats DO love. They DO feel many emotions. Cats remember and they express so many different audible sounds to indicate what they are feeling at the moment. Cats feel jealousy, too, when another takes attention away. Cats are amazingly intelligent and possess individual unique traits and personalities. I wish all the world could take the time to enjoy and understand our feline frineds. thank you for a thoughtful, thought provoking and great huyb! UP Awesome, Beautiful, Useful! And..there should be a TRUE!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Lucky Cats, thank you so much for your insightful comment. I agree about the jealousy thing, too. That makes it tricky having more than one cat: to try to make it fair! You are definitely one to be able to talk about the intelligence and uniqueness of cats, and I am glad to have your input. Take care!

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      RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

      I was working at a pet store and a customer came in with a kitten. She said he was found with another one on the side of the road. Someone else took the other kitten and this woman couldn't take this one. I said no, I have moved and the apartment didn't take animals. I looked at him again. Long haired, black and white with a black dot on his chin.

      The third time I saw him he put his paw on my face. All this was in a span of ten minutes. Well, third times a charm... he came home with me and we commuted to work everyday until I moved. Thanks for the kitty stories. I love them too.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      RT, aww! That is so cute, and it sounds like you fell helplessly in love. Cat love will do that to you, I know from experience. That's so cute that he came to work with you. We do find a way when we love someone!

      Thanks for such a great comment!

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      Jenny_Leigh 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cats are most certainly able to love and feel emotion just as people do! Only someone that has never owned a cat would disagree.

      When I got my first apartment, I was originally told I could bring my cat, Molly (a boy, actually). Well, I was all ready to move him in, when the landlord said I couldn't have any pets. I visited him frequently, but not even a few weeks went by when he started losing weight. We believe that he must of missed me, because after I noticed he was losing weight, I would actually spend the night with him sometimes and he started looking better.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I agree with you - any human who has had a cat's paw reach out, or who comes to snuggle for a moment, or wants to be in the same room...these are little angels which we are fortunate to have love us.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Jenny, awww, that's so sad that your cat missed you that much, that he started to lose weight. They do get so attached to us, and to each other. It is so true -- only those that have never lived with a cat could believe they don't have emotions. Their emotions are so complex, too!

      @Maren, so very true. We are so blessed to have these beautiful little creatures love us, as they do. It is a gift. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. From one cat lover to another!

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      Joanne 5 years ago

      I believe cats give love to their owner's. Cats, will tend to pick out one person in the family, just as dogs do. Just read some interesting articles on felines and their body language. I had no idea how much a cat talk with their bodies. It was just amazing.

      www.petsareagift.com

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Joanne, so true. That's their main way of talking, and they read our body language, too. Thanks for the great comment!

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      Husky1970 5 years ago

      No question about it. Cats do definitely and undeniably love. Beautiful photos in your hub. You made me miss Alley, our stray cat who adopted us in 2002 and proceeded to live with us and love us dearly for the next 8 and a half years. RIP Alley 6/21/2010, which also happened to be our 40th wedding anniversary. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Husky, thank you so much for the comment. I am sorry to hear about your sweet Alley. Take care!

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      Carol Petretti 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for this hub. I agree. Cats love, deeply.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Carol, thanks for the wonderful comment. Take care!

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      ii3rittles 5 years ago

      All animals love. Love comes from our spirit. Animals have spirits as we do, but not souls (they can't be condemned). Not having a soul is what makes us love them so much. They don't understand all the emotions we, as humans go through. They are at peace even when death is staring them in the face. I can't really explain it but I truly admire their love and fearless compassion.

      I have proof, for those who don't believe cats can love. A stray cat, my mother named PC (Porch Cat) was living on her porch for nearly a year. She fed him everyday. While I was still living there, every day my boyfriend (now, fiancé) came to pick me up, I'd sit on the porch and he would sleep in my lap. He wouldn't want me to leave him. One day, I wasn't feeling good, I suffer from horrible anxiety, so I went out on the porch earlier then normal to wait to be picked up. He ran right up to me and plopped on my lap. I hugged him and his purring some how helped me. As I was walking to the car, I looked back and I could see it in his eye, the love he had for me. I told him I would see him later. I got in the car, closed the door and as we began backing out of the driveway, he ran for the car crying. He chased us about 30 feet up the street, crying. I had to turn around and make sure he didn't get hit. There he was, sitting on the porch, waiting. I never in my life seen a cat chase after a car like a human child crying, crying out "Don't leave me!". I also didn't mention, he is terrified of cars when they are running. If that's not proving cats can love, then I don't know what love is!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      ii3rittles, what a beautiful story you told. That little kitty showed a depth of love! I am so touched by that and thank you for adding to this hub with your experience. Take care!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Interesting that 52 people have taken your poll about whether animals are capable of emotions and each one has answered yes.

      I love the way you described your cats in this hub as I could "feel" the love that you were talking about through their interactions. And the photo of Shiloh is beautiful.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      HBN, yes, that is interesting - I had thought I would get some disagreement on that one, for sure.

      Having cats really does convince you that they are loving and I am happy that my writing was able to portray that. Thanks for a great comment and support! Take care!

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I absolutely agree that cats feel love. I have two, Angel and Shadow, both with distinct personalities. As a lifelong cat owner, I must say that Angel is the most loving cat I have ever know. Up to three times a day, she's on my lap or shoulder, purring and licking my arms. She seems to need this snuggling time as much as I do, but being a cat, it has to be her idea. Shadow has no interest in snuggling at all, but he will consent to hang out with us at times. Occasionally they even snuggle with each other.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      NYB, that is so sweet! She does sound very loving. That's funny about Shadow, too. They have such different personalities, don't they? Thanks for the great comment and take care!

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      We like to say the only thing they have in common is they're both cats. Different as night and day, just like people are.

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      Carol Petretti 5 years ago from California

      I agree, cats show love, they also show sadness when one of them passes on, and depression. I currently have 3 cats. Each one is very unique.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Carol, they sure do. When we had to get give away our kittens, Jo was so sad. They are so full of love, aren't they? With three of them, you certainly get to know cats on a whole different level. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care!

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      craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      I agree that cats can love. My cat Lilly is so caring that when one of us is in bed with the flu or something, she smells us and wants to cuddle up with us to reassure us that even though we "smell sick" she still loves us! I voted your Hub up.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Crafty, that is so sweet! It sounds like your cat is a real "mama" to you guys. Thanks for sharing, and nice to meet you.

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      c@tl0v3rO26 4 years ago

      My laptop's name is Olive

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Cat Lover, is your "lap top" a cat? What a lovely thing to call Olive. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the comment!

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      Chris Hugh 4 years ago

      I stopped breathing once and my cat Twitch patted my face until I woke up. I wrote a Hub about it. People wonder if I'll ever shut up about it. LOL.(No, I won't.) Anyway, you can probably guess my opinion about whether cats can love. Great Hub! Up and shared.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      This is a lovely Hub! I agree totally, cats do love. They love humans and they love each other. But they have to be sure first! Voted up and across

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Chris, wow! That is amazing. I look forward to reading that hub. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

      @Joan, you are right. They often take a while to warm up but after that, they are loyal and loving. Nice to meet another cat lover. Thanks for the lovely comment.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I love my cats and I love my dogs. It is so interesting to see the difference in how they show their affection. But cats certainly do love us and each other. Each of my cats have such different personalities, which endears them to me. Years ago, I had a gray siamese named Sparky. He came into our home before we had our kids, and threw up every time I came home from the hospital with another baby. But he learned to love my kids. He would cuddle with them as they did their homework, and sit with them as they learned to read. Sparky learned to co exist with the rest of the pets in our house, but I thought he should be our only cat, and he was until 6 months before he passed away. He loved Paris, our new cat, and that is when I realized it is good for cats to have other cats as company. Sparky, being a siamese could actually talk, but only to us. He would walk around the house meowing, Mommy Hungry, and say hello to my kids when they walked in the door. He meowed to us with his last breath to say goodbye when we had to put him down. For the over 17 years we had Sparky, the love he showed us will stay with us forever.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Toknowinfo, thanks for sharing about your sweet cat. She sounds like such a sweet kitty. I know the Siamese have a very distinctive meow that is very loud. And yes, cats do enjoy the company of other cats, although they sometimes resent it, too. They really are such sensitive little creatures. Thanks so much for coming by!

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      shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

      I agree... even nasty kitties have love deep inside...

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Shea, ha! Very good point! Yes, it is true that some cats get nasty, too. I think they've been hardened by a world that hurt them at one point or the other, but the love is still there. Thanks for an awesome comment.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Love this! My cats love each other and us. The 4 of them greet me when I walk in the door and each of them kisses me goodnight! Not to mention all the loving snuggles in between. One of our little boys goes to each member of our family for a kiss goodnight. If that's not love, I don't know what it is! great hub, voted up and awesome!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @btr, you sound like you have very sweet cats. My kitties and I give a cordial hello! Thanks for your support -- it's so nice to meet another cat lover. Take care!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      We currently have 6 of our own, plus one remaining foster kittenfrom the last batch, whom no one has yet adopted--and he's already 5 months old, and starting to lose his 'kittenish' face. (Beginning to look like we may end up with 7 cats....)

      But, though they are all different, and there are sometimes "issues" they need to sort out, they are all, also very affectionate, each in keeping with his or her own personality. The baby is a real lover, and wants to sing you purr songs in bed--unfortunately by trying to lie on your head! LOL

      I've been around animals, and cats in particular, long enough to see for myself that animals have affection and caring for each other. Just ask the squirrel seen standing guard at the side of the road by his dead mate (or friend's) body...or the dog in the same situation--recently featured on Face Book...you can find endless examples...and cross-species affection as well.

      Voted up++across and shared!

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      I definitely agree with you. I studied primate behavior years ago and so many professors try to drill the notion of anthropomorphism into you. I do understand, but at the same time I always felt like shouting "how do we even know humans have emotions? Just because they say so? So we just take their word for it? Or do we observe it?"

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Izzy, thank you so much for coming by and commenting. First of all, six, almost seven cats? You are a true animal lover, without a doubt! Our jurisdiction only allows three cats per household, without a permit, but seven cats sounds like a true luxury, although lots of work, too!

      And yes, you make a very good point, that animal love is seen in many species, and even across species. I remember one particular video about a cat and a bird who became best friends. It is definitely a part of nature. You give some beautiful examples. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, and the shares! Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Letitia, very interesting! I love that you come at from a scientist's perspective, and you disagreed with the professors were saying. Thanks for the comment!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading about your kitties, especially the babysitter. They most certainly have emotions and the capacity to love. When my very old cat, Oscar was on his deathbed, one of the cats who had always been mean to him struggled to be with him. We thought the other cat was trying to make Oscar's last experience on earth as unpleasant as possible, so we tried to dissuade him. Eventually, we allowed it under close oversight. Shep (the other cat) laid down next to Oscar almost spooning him and simply purred. It was one of the most touching displays of comfort I have ever witnessed, from humans or animals. Cats are beautiful.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      FlourishAnyway, thanks so much for your beautiful comment. That is such a touching story. I find with my kitties, too, that they show love when it is needed, even if they have their squabbles from time to time. And agreed, wholeheartedly, cats are absolutely beautiful, inside and out. Thanks again for coming by, and I do apologize for the late reply. I have been so busy teaching that my comments have fallen VERY far behind. Have a great day!

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