We all know that our pets love us. They snuggle up to us when we’re cold. They cheer us up when we’re feeling down. And the looks that they sometimes give us can make our hearts melt—sometimes it seems like they’re looking straight into our souls.

Get ready to ‘aww’ and smile a whole lot because Bored Panda has collected some of the cutest and cuddliest photos of pets admiring their hoomans. You can literally see how much love they have inside of them by looking into their eyes. Be sure to share this list with anyone who needs cheering up and remember to upvote your fave photos. We’d also love to hear about how much your pets admire you, dear Pandas!

A lot of people like to discuss whether cats or dogs love their owners more because felines have a reputation for being aloof and independent. The truth is, neither cattos nor doggos love their owners any less because of what type of animals they are. Scroll down for Bored Panda's interview about bonding between cats and their owners with Dr. Kristyn Vitale from the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University.

#1

My Sister And Brother-In-Law Just Rescued A Kitten. Look At How Happy He Is! Enough Love To Make A Kitten Smile

My Sister And Brother-In-Law Just Rescued A Kitten. Look At How Happy He Is! Enough Love To Make A Kitten Smile

feistygazelle Report

Kika González
Community Member
1 month ago

🥰

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

We Brought Charlie Home A Month Ago Now And I Can't Get Over That Look Of Pure Love In His Eyes

We Brought Charlie Home A Month Ago Now And I Can't Get Over That Look Of Pure Love In His Eyes

kikichun Report

Lyop
Community Member
1 month ago

That smile. That look.

View more comments
#3

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

alvssajasmine Report

Ms Cheryl CAIN
Community Member
1 month ago

Nothing and nobody - not even your mum - can love you like your dog does.

View More Replies...
View more comments

"Our research has demonstrated that pet cats can form stable, affectional attachment bonds with their owners. The majority of cats have the capacity to use their owner as a source of comfort and security, especially when faced with stressful or unfamiliar situations. Our research has also shown that cats can be very social toward their owners, especially when their owner pays attention to them," Dr. Vitale from the OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab explained to Bored Panda.

According to her, there's still a lot that we don't know about cat-human bonds. "Kittens aged 3-8 months and adult cats display secure bonds with their owners. However we don't yet know how long it usually takes for cats to forms bonds with their owners," she said.

"We do know that at least in kittens, these bonds do not easily change. When we followed up with kittens, 81% of them displayed the same attachment type as they had previously (either secure or insecure). If a kitten was secure the first testing session, they were likely to be secure upon follow-up. Although we don't know how long these bonds take to form, they seem to be relatively stable once established," Dr. Vitale added.

#4

This Man Lovingly Gazing At His Cat While On The Bus

This Man Lovingly Gazing At His Cat While On The Bus

cagedragehere Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

That's his baby.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

My Husband Couldn't Have Pets Growing Up. When We Bought Our First House I Got Him A Little Surprise

My Husband Couldn't Have Pets Growing Up. When We Bought Our First House I Got Him A Little Surprise

MaggieTheMoggy Report

pei meow
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, that is SOO CUTE!

View more comments
#6

Just Adopted This Dude. His Name Is Tucker And He Is Good Boye

Just Adopted This Dude. His Name Is Tucker And He Is Good Boye

TheBelowIsFalse Report

Kika González
Community Member
1 month ago

🥰 thank you for adopting

View More Replies...
View more comments

She stressed that the best way to maintain a secure bond with your pet is to be receptive to it. Especially during stressful situations. "In humans, we know that attachment bonds can be impacted by how the caretaker handles negative experiences. So if you know that a stressful event is going to occur, such as if you are moving or taking the cat to the veterinarian, it is particularly important to remain calm and provide positive attention to your cat. This can help the cat continue to see you as a source of comfort and security."

Bored Panda also previously spoke to Dr. Vitale about her study about how cats can form secure bonds with their owners a lot like dogs and even human children. Vitale and her colleagues found that 65 percent of kittens were securely bonded to their owners.

A secure bond means that when a kitten’s owner returns to them, the cat will pay attention to them and explore its surroundings. On the flip side, an insecure bond means that the kitten is stressed-out, avoids its owner, and shows that it’s anxious through its body language.

#7

The Way My Dog Looks At My Dad

The Way My Dog Looks At My Dad

Animellea Report

CherylTunt
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish my husband looked at me like that

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Sometimes I Catch Her Just Staring And Smiling At Me. She’s My Precious Love

Sometimes I Catch Her Just Staring And Smiling At Me. She’s My Precious Love

twiggbert Report

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

She sure is!

View more comments
#9

My Brother Took Our Cat To Prom. Just Take A Look At How The Cat Stares At Him

My Brother Took Our Cat To Prom. Just Take A Look At How The Cat Stares At Him

caroline12006 Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

The purrfect couple!

View more comments

“There has been relatively little research into the cat-human bond, especially when we compare it to the number of research studies with dogs and humans,” Vitale said about her study. “So our motivation was to bring more knowledge to this field of study.”

She said that the “attachment bond” that cats display toward their owners is “very similar” to the bond that dogs share with their owners. “And even the bond human infants display toward their caretakers,” she added.

“All three species display the same distinct patterns of attachment behavior. The majority of individuals in all species are securely attached to their caregiver, meaning they use their caregiver as a source of comfort and security in an unfamiliar situation.”

#10

Just Rescued My Baby Girl From Being Put Down A Month Ago. Most Loving Dog I’ve Ever Known

Just Rescued My Baby Girl From Being Put Down A Month Ago. Most Loving Dog I’ve Ever Known

notmelania Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

thank you for saving her life!

View more comments
#11

She Wanted Me To Stop Working

She Wanted Me To Stop Working

J0nnnn Report

Charlotte A.
Community Member
1 month ago

what a beautiful colour! Not quite grey, not quite white :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

The Face She Makes When My Husband Holds Her

The Face She Makes When My Husband Holds Her

darbydiddle Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The expression on the cat's face is priceless! She is in heaven and she's adorable!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Zoey Doesn't Understand Social Distancing

Zoey Doesn't Understand Social Distancing

rvherdjr Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

We all need to be touched.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

He Was Purring The Entire Ride Home

He Was Purring The Entire Ride Home

imthebaebae Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

They just know. Pretty amazing, but they do.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Woke Up Today To Her Just Staring Me Down Purring

Woke Up Today To Her Just Staring Me Down Purring

Krstnzz Report

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone wants attention :) Please provide ASAP!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

An Old Lady And Her Cat. Just Can't Stop Looking At The Cat's Expression

An Old Lady And Her Cat. Just Can't Stop Looking At The Cat's Expression

xNIBx Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

The lady is er kitty's everything. And vice versa.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

My Dad And My Kitty Honey Adoring Each Other

My Dad And My Kitty Honey Adoring Each Other

Kittykatnorwegian Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful.

View more comments
#18

My Cat Never Leaves My Side. Someone Gave Me A Hoodie With A "Cat Pouch" As A Gag Gift. She Rides Around In It Staring At My Face

My Cat Never Leaves My Side. Someone Gave Me A Hoodie With A "Cat Pouch" As A Gag Gift. She Rides Around In It Staring At My Face

Terriere Report

Lyop
Community Member
1 month ago

Purrfect gift, i'd say.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

I Had A Fairly Rough Day At Work Today. When I Finished, This Sweet Girl Wouldn't Leave My Side. As Soon As I Laid Down, She Jumped Up And Hugged Me

I Had A Fairly Rough Day At Work Today. When I Finished, This Sweet Girl Wouldn't Leave My Side. As Soon As I Laid Down, She Jumped Up And Hugged Me

cazzo_di_frigida Report

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

Dogs know :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Me And My New Baby Tarzan

Me And My New Baby Tarzan

Jturner0685 Report

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, found you! You're mine now!

View more comments
#21

We Just Adopted Bella And She Really Likes My Fiancé

We Just Adopted Bella And She Really Likes My Fiancé

bioticgod55 Report

Lois Arrowood
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry buddy but Bella has chosen her favorite human.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Meet Harper. She Likes To Lay On My Chest And Just Stare At Me Like This

Meet Harper. She Likes To Lay On My Chest And Just Stare At Me Like This

jstevens44 Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha great shot!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

The Ride Home

The Ride Home

OGPebbles Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

OH my goodness, how adorable!!!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#24

Cleocatra 'Mirin Her Papa

Cleocatra 'Mirin Her Papa

PharaohCleocatra Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

upvote just for the cats name!! *__*

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

I Tried To Take A Funny Picture Of Her Chicken Wing Loaf But She Looked At Me And I Got The Sweetest Photo

I Tried To Take A Funny Picture Of Her Chicken Wing Loaf But She Looked At Me And I Got The Sweetest Photo

Ash-Bandicoot Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

very cute chicken wing cat loaf!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

The Way My Girl Looks At Me

The Way My Girl Looks At Me

EvenWhenImBored Report

the redqueen
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't take it anymore. Too much puppy cuteness. I am done for!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

A Man And His Kittens

A Man And His Kittens

dani_bar Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

Who is this Man And His Kittens? We need to know!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Our Wedding Was Canceled, We Are Worried About Our Family Members' Health. But At Least We Have Our First Family Member

Our Wedding Was Canceled, We Are Worried About Our Family Members' Health. But At Least We Have Our First Family Member

jdizzlepizzlemaniz Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You have the right perspective.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Get Yourself Someone That Looks At You The Way My Cat Looks At My Husband

Get Yourself Someone That Looks At You The Way My Cat Looks At My Husband

Kentfanatic Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

What a beautiful coat!

View more comments
#30

His Name Is Chief

His Name Is Chief

gisdaking Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

Look at those paws! I think Chief is going to grow up to be a big fella.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

My Best Bud, Indy

My Best Bud, Indy

claire303 Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You must have done a lot to have earned such love.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Sadie Baby. Our First Foster Puppy. Look At Those Puppy Eyes

Sadie Baby. Our First Foster Puppy. Look At Those Puppy Eyes

Smalltownssuck Report

the redqueen
Community Member
1 month ago

Nooooo....not the eyes! Don't look, don't look, I won't look, don't lo......Yes, sweet puppy, anything you want is yours...here, take my bed, I don't need it, yes, I will spend hours giving you scritches, here-you can has my peanut butter, let's go buy out Pet Smart, it's all yours......

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Someone's Happy I'm Home Every Day

Someone's Happy I'm Home Every Day

CaptElfimis Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

A pit bull and a tattooed man. HoW sCaRy !!! ;-)

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#34

Woke Up And This Was The View Two Inches From My Face

Woke Up And This Was The View Two Inches From My Face

icazz Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You must pay extra for such a great view.

View more comments
#35

Mitus Loving Grandma. He Is So Gentle With Her But Crazy Hyper With Anyone Else

Mitus Loving Grandma. He Is So Gentle With Her But Crazy Hyper With Anyone Else

KotaCali Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww look at his cute polo shirt!

View more comments
#36

The Way She Looks At Me

The Way She Looks At Me

hunter2242 Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

She makes you want to be a better man. Even though she already knows you're the best. And by the way, she's gorgeous.

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah. I love her rusty black/brown coat and her spotty socks. Gorgeous. Personally though, I prefer my decorative skins ON the animal. More ethical, and I love the patterns moving with the creature.

Load More Replies...
amanda strachan
Community Member
1 month ago

How can anyone ever hurt an animal. Just looking at these pictures my heart is just bursting.

Gail Hicks
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not just the look....Notice how she is holding on to him!!...

Vicki Wizard
Community Member
1 month ago

...with her arm on you and her eyes fixed on you - bliss.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope she has a name as beautiful as she is.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Such a beauty, a look of love and devotion !!!

Jacqueline Frye
Community Member
1 month ago

What a cutie!!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 month ago

🥰

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

so sweet

Leslie Bracey Mink
Community Member
1 month ago

Love!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

Adoring.

Sharon Frank
Community Member
1 month ago

"You'z wantz to share sum chickum"?

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 month ago

Love those deeep brown eyes!

Nancy Bernard
Community Member
1 month ago

So SWEET! The dog is beautiful!

Madonna Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

🥰

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
1 month ago

True love!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish you would let your faciel fur grow.

Sally Hammond Davis
Community Member
1 month ago

It just don't get any better...

Joycez Zhuang
Community Member
1 month ago

U............... Only.............U

Joy Stowe
Community Member
1 month ago

She's so pretty and adores you!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

I'm Just Third Wheeling My Boyfriend And Darlene As Usual

I'm Just Third Wheeling My Boyfriend And Darlene As Usual

pitterpatterpeat Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Nothing better than a partner who is kind to animals.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Get You A Man Who Looks At You The Way This Chonker Looks At My Dad

Get You A Man Who Looks At You The Way This Chonker Looks At My Dad

owelie Report

Aski Markup
Community Member
1 month ago

Awwww♥️♥️♥️

View more comments
#39

Simon, My Very Best Boy

Simon, My Very Best Boy

LOLELECTRONICS Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Which one is saying that? Could be either one.

View more comments
#40

Maybe I'm Being Paranoid But I Think She's Flirting With My Boyfriend

Maybe I'm Being Paranoid But I Think She's Flirting With My Boyfriend

ShadeeLeeann Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

you lost! it's her man now! i am sorry

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 97 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.