If it’s a “Be Mine” candy heart or a fancy diamond engagement ring or simply being by them for 50 years, there’s a myriad of ways that humans can show their affection for the special person in their lives. But how can you be sure whether it’s “the one” for your pet? Here are some of the tell-tale indications that your pet believes you’re the most perfect pet.

It’s More Than Puppy Love

If there’s one word that can describe the dog’s emotions that word is “expressive.” Dog parents are able to tell when those large, wide eyes and the swift tail wag screaming “Just one more treat, please.” That bowing head, which is turned away is telling you, “I’m sorry for chewing on the couch cushion.”

Saying they appreciate you are equally expressive. It’s running towards the door as soon as you enter regardless of whether you’ve been absent longer than five minutes. It’s lying down with their heads in your lap when feeling well. They’re pushing themselves into the blanket to cuddle with you in the cold of the night. OK, this one could have a motive behind it.

Your dog might also want to be near you. All. The. Time. In the kitchen, when you’re trying to make dinner prepared or in the bathroom when it’s time to do… or whatever, or in the living room while you’re trying to tidy the home (except the time you’ve got that dreaded vacuum cleaner in operation). They’ll be following your every move and, when you stop moving, they might lean against you or even sit upon your feet. Leaning and feet-sitting may have different meanings, however, affection is one of the main motives dogs use to have this behavior.

Whatever they do the dog is very clear that they are their pet and they love you. Cats are the opposite…

Your Cat Probably Does Love You

There are cats who are quiet and do not even acknowledge their owners’ presence, however, studies show that they are likely to be in a relationship with you in their own ways. Cats are more subtle in their affection towards you, however, there are indicators to be looking for.

There are many cats that do like to cuddle. The loud purrs they make are generally an indicator that they’re satisfied and happy with you, but it’s crucial to understand they’re not always happy. purrs do not always indicate that they’re content. If your cat is fond of touching their paws, chins, or cheeks at your body, that’s another indication that you’re the person they want to be. The body parts are equipped with fragrance glands that are located on them. It’s the way they tell others cat owners that you’re your person.

Another indication that your cat is a lover is when they present you with gifts. They could be lovely presents, such as their favorite catnip-stuffed pet or lattice balls. But they can also be the un-nice presents (according to your own preferences) such as dead animals — or, perhaps an animal that’s alive and roaming around your home. The cat you have brought home these presents because you’re part of their circle of friends and wants to give away the “food” with you. They could show how they hunt and encourage you to learn how to hunt together. This is certainly a method to show them the love of their hearts, but it might not be the way you would like to show your love. If not, look into an unbreakable collar that has bells to decrease the chance of an unsatisfactory hunt and the macabre gift-giving ceremony.

Pets Can Boost Your “Love Hormone”

Do you realize that respond biologically to your pet’s showing you affection? Engaging with dogs has been found to increase the amount of Oxytocin — also known as”the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone” and other neurochemicals. Oxytocin is most famous as a hormone that plays a role in lactation, reproduction, and bonding, however, is also an effective stress reducer. It’s a hormone and neurotransmitter that sends chemical signals throughout your body, which can cause changes such as decreased heart rate and breathing rate, as well as lower blood pressure, and the inhibition of stress hormones. Studies have demonstrated that when dogs and human beings interact positively with one another, similar shifts in brain chemicals (oxytocin as well as others) are seen in all species. You are both happier!

They Love Me, They Love Me Not

Are you a part of a family with multiple humans and following this blog you are thinking, “Well, I see those signs but they aren’t directed towards me!” Do your pet run towards you with their toy, only to change their direction in the final second and then throw it away on the feet of another? Does your cat scurry over you in order to get to the other cat for cuddles?

It’s not unusual for pets to have a favorite human being, usually, they are the ones who feed them, and also give them most of the attention. It’s possible that there’s no way to be “the one” for your pet, but you may become “the other one” who they play with and get the food whenever “the one” isn’t home. You can attempt to improve the status of your pet by giving them food more frequently or spending more time with them but you’ll remain “the other one” and it’s fine.

Their Bond Is Strong

There are a lot of heartwarming stories about the strong connection pets share in their relationships with owners. From one dog that traveled many miles in search of a home, to the cat that stumbled upon the new home of his owner forty miles from home, it’s incredible to observe what pets are willing to make to reconnect with their parents.

What was the first time your pet realized they were “the one” for them? Did it happen at first sight when their beautiful eyes sat in yours looking at the shelter? Did it take some time to get to be friends? Was it the puppy that walked in a hesitant manner to you? Did they suddenly show up at your door one day and suddenly your home became your home? Whatever the reason we’re happy that your pet is a happy pet and has discovered “the one” for them.

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