“Although I wish we could, we cannot get into the brains of cats and know if they feel ‘love,'” Dr. Stacy Choczynski Johnson, DVM, veterinarian on staff for Pumpkin Pet Insurance, told Salon by email. “It’s a complicated emotion and this feeling of love is up for debate.”
Yet this does not mean that it is unprovable that your cat is emotionally invested in its relationship with you.
“Cats certainly feel attachment to their owners which could be considered a form of affection or love,” Johnson added. “Even outdoor feral cats form an attachment bond because we provide food and shelter. We also bond with our cats through play and entertainment.”
Love is available without that fishbicycle!