|Mithrandir, 4 months old, loves being with us|
Unlike dogs, who have a hierarchal social structure, cats have social reflexes which operate reciprocatively. In other words, cats treat others exactly how they have been treated.
If we act like we care that our cat's needs are met, if we act like we want our cats to see us as friends, if we respond as though our cat's feeling have meaning to us... our cat will get the picture.
They will figure out that we do love them.
In my experience, this is unique in the pet kingdom. Other animals will understand that our commitment to our experience is in proportion to what they bring to the experience. Other humans might lag behind in that understanding this transaction. But, nonetheless, cats realize that our care equals our caring.
When we are able to successfully convey to our cats that we care about their welfare, they will be able to understand and reciprocate.
For help with connection with our cats, see Cat Affection Move: The Love Blanket.