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Furry Friday: How Pets Show Love

Puppies define love--but any age fuzz-bucket makes my heart go thump!


Happy Furry Friday! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Have you been shopping yet for your pet? Yesterday’s blog makes some gift suggestions for the dog and cat in your life—or the humans who love them. And this article offers tips on ways to love cats (it applies to dogs, too!). 

But what about the pets returning the favor? Don’t we deserve something in return? I mean, we feed them, buy toys, open the door, mop up messes, scritch their itchy spots and rub tummies. Is that sloppy smooch or adoring kitty glance all there is? 

There’s no doubt we love our pets — but do our cats and dogs love us back? The answer is yes. But cats and dogs show affections in ways that aren’t always what humans expect. In fact, a pet’s Valentine wishes might instead puzzle, aggravate or even offend some people. AOL’s Paw Nation asked me to address the question, and here are 13 ways dogs and cats show love.

Incidentally, purrs and wags to my Red Room colleague Gina Misiroglu who put me in touch with the Paw Nation folks, a terrific way she’s bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room’s authors.

What are some other ways your dogs and cats show love? Maybe they love you by bringing owners gifts. Canines offer toys to invite play, and cats sometimes catch and deliver live presents—mousies on the pillow are a particularly attractive love gift from cats.

Cats also perform the elevator butt behavior, as well as presenting their butt for a sniff—ewwww! But it’s all done with the very best intentions! Read about elevator butt and kitty butt presentation in these fun articles.

By the way, you can subscribe to my Pet Peeves E-newsletter here. It includes links to the latest Pet Peeves radio shows and some of my favorite articles and videos about cat and dog care and behavior—oh, and book give-aways, too! The Valentine’s issue goes out later today.

I’m blogging two or three times a week now, so hope you’ll subscribe so you don’t miss any Monday Mentions, Woof Wednesdays, or Feline/Furry Fridays. Until then, show your fur-kids some Valentine love.

Purrs and wags,


About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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