Is it really affection?

Brookville, Pennsylvania
January 5, 2017 10:01am CST
I live on a farm and we have several outdoor cats. The theory is that they will supplement what we feed them by catching mice in the barn. One of these cats is Barb, named because I once found her as a kitten sleeping in a coil of barbed wire. We have an outdoor wood stove that heats up water, which goes through a heat exchanger and heats our home. It’s basically a big metal box that’s warm, and once the weather turned cold that’s usually where Barb can be found, unless one of the other cats – they don’t always get along – has chased her away. Anyway, whenever I go out to put wood in the fire, and especially at night, Barb will come out and purr and rub up against my legs. Unfortunately, I’ve almost tripped over her several times while carrying several blocks of firewood. To save me from tripping, I’ve started putting some food out for her to keep her out of the way while I’m carrying firewood. So, does Barb rub up against me out of some sort of affection, or has she just trained me to feed her when she does it?
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@vandana7 (63893)
• India
5 Jan 17
I think all cats do that...its their way to express love affections and demand since they can't master our language and we haven't yet learned theirs. You can interpret it whichever way you like until we find a way to decipher their language, purring, and behavior.
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@Corbin5 (103528)
• United States
5 Jan 17
I believe it is affection and she is also marking you with her scent so that you know that you belong to her. She is claiming you. Dogs will often lean on those close to them to claim them as their own.
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@cgalavia (1406)
• Philippines
6 Jan 17
It surely is,cats love to be cuddled and most of the time they do it by getting our attention...letting us know that they do exist and want to be part of us.
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