Felines are such independent creatures that it’s easy to overlook their feelings. Specifically, does your cat love you or just see you as a necessary evil who happens to possess thumbs that can open cans of cat food?

Surprisingly, researchers discovered that cats can show affection, often by head butting your leg or sticking their butt in your face. Cats may express emotion in ways that seem foreign to humans, but it means your cat can still love you just the same.

To learn more about the signs that your cat loves you, click here.