lady sitting on the floor with her back against the couch. On the couch, a golden retriever lays looking at the camera and the lady is holding another golden retriever looking at them while the dog is looking off in the distance

Are you an animal lover who has recently adopted a cat into your home? It’s important to keep an eye out for the mental well-being and comfort of your new pet! Cats have distinct attachment styles and often see their humans as a source of comfort and safety

But when you’ve just adopted a new cat into your family, you may be wondering how to tell if they have bonded with you. As the leading source for Hillsborough County pet adoption, we at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay have five telltale signs that your new cat has “adopted you back.”

They Rub Against You

One of the most common ways cats express affection is by rubbing against their trusted humans. This behavior is known as “head bunting” and helps them mark their territory. It can also be an indicator that they want your attention. 

Cats rubbing against you can also be a greeting and show that your cat is happy to see you! If your new cat is constantly rubbing against your legs, arms, or even your face, it’s a clear indication that they feel comfortable and secure in your presence.

They Knead On You

Kneading, lovingly known as “making biscuits,” is a behavior cats exhibit from kittenhood when they are nursed by their mother. When your cat kneads on you, whether it’s your lap, chest, or arms, they are showing that they trust you and likely see you as a mother/father figure. This rhythmic motion brings them comfort and also reinforces their love for you.

They Sleep Near You

Cats are commonly regarded as independent pets, but for some, that couldn’t be farther from the truth! When they choose to sleep near you, it’s a clear indication of their affection and trust. Cats are the most vulnerable when they sleep, so if they sleep with you, it shows that they feel completely comfortable.

Whether they curl up at the foot of your bed, snuggle beside you on the couch, or even choose to nap on your lap, your cat’s desire to be close to you while they sleep is a heartwarming sign of affection.

They Slowly Blink at You

Among cats, a slow blink is the utmost display of trust, acceptance, and affection toward another cat – and the ones that they love. When your cat locks eyes with you and slowly closes them before gently reopening, it’s their way of showing their fondness toward you by saying, “I feel safe and relaxed around you.” 

They Groom You 

Grooming is a social behavior typically associated with bonding and intense affection among cats. While they normally groom themselves, a cat grooming you can show that they want to take care of you. Just as a mother cat grooms her kittens, when your cat grooms you, it is a sure sign that they are showing their affection for you.

Have Patience With Your New Cat

Every cat is different in the way that they show their affection, and some cats may take longer to adjust to their new home. While most adopted cats loosely follow the Rule of Three, if your cat does not seem fully adjusted by the three-month mark, it does not mean they are not a good fit for your family! Have patience and keep on loving them as your relationship grows. 

Looking for Pet Adoption in Tampa? Adopt a Cat at HSTB!

Hillsborough County pet adoption is life-changing for both you and your new cat. At the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, we have seen so many of our animals find their forever homes and begin a new chapter in their life that’s filled with love and affection.

For more information about adopting a new pet, introducing your animals, pit bull socialization, and more, please contact us at (813) 876-7138, view our adoptable dogs, or come visit our shelter for more information.