With sloppy kisses and swishing tails, it's hard not to notice how much dogs love their owners, as if their only purpose is to love, love, love you and sometimes eat. That's because we've been breeding dogs for tens of thousands of years, selecting the cutest and waggiest pooches for pets. Young pups even respond to human gestures.
It's no wonder that cats, by comparison, sometimes come across as aloof and distant or spitting fur balls of fury. But that doesn't mean that it's impossible to decode your cat -- we simply need to "use cat rules, not human rules" of attachment, says Carlos Siracusa, a veterinarian and cat behavior expert at the University of Pennsylvania. Here are six signs your cat just might actually love you:
1. Your cat doesn't flee the room when you show up.