Some cats tend to appreciate it when their owners kiss them. However, there are also cats that do not like getting lip-smacked by their pet parents. So if kisses are a sign of showing one’s affection, does that mean that cats that don’t like kisses are not affectionate? As it turns out, there are many ways by which cats can show their affection to us. Here’s everything you need to know about feline kisses and affection.
A Kiss on the Head
Most cats allow, or at least are tolerant of, kisses on top of their heads. This is often taken in the context of a happy, contented, and trusting cat. Unfortunately, one has to look for cues from the animal itself to know whether it enjoys having someone kiss it on its head. If the cat is amenable to it, you may hear it purr. In some cases the cat may also rub its body against its pet owner, in an attempt to reciprocate. Most felines will lean closer to the individual so as to get more of the kisses.
However, if you notice the cat’s ears to be drawn backwards and swishes its tail, there is a good chance that the cat does not welcome your advances. If it hisses instead of purrs, then it validates the assumption that the animal does not like getting pecked on its head.
A Kiss on the Lips
As a general rule, one should never kiss a cat on the lips. It is very rare to see a cat enjoying moments of smooching with their pet owners. Most cats will find this as a gross violation of their privacy.
There is another reason why it is not a good idea to kiss a feline pet’s mouth. Felines are fastidious creatures that love licking themselves as a means of removing dirt on their coat. Unfortunately, there can also be microorganisms on the coat that can stick to their tongue during self-grooming. Some of these germs may remain on the lips of the cat. If you kiss them on the lips, there is a chance that you will also pick up these germs.
There is also the issue of a cat that dislikes kisses. If you plant a kiss on its lips, you are a lot closer to its razor-sharp teeth. If the cat has missed its vaccine shots, then you are at risk for rabies and other cat bite-associated diseases. There is also the risk of cat scratches that can inflict wounds on your skin.
How a Cat Shows its Affection
While it is true that not all cats like kisses, there is no question that they love you. They may not reciprocate your kisses or show appreciation for it, but they have other ways in which they can be affectionate.
- Slow Blinking
Similar to a sleepy look, cat fanciers interpret the slow blink as the feline equivalent of the human kiss. They do it from a distance, however, often from across the room. A slow blink indicates a cat’s relaxed and trusting attitude towards its owner.
- Head Bumping
Cats have special glands in their head that secrete pheromones. When they bump their head, they are trying to rub these pheromones onto the surface of their owner’s skin. Again, it is a way for the cat to show its trust, love, and affection.
- Body Rubbing
Like head bumping, full body rubbing allows the cat to spread pheromones onto its owner’s skin. From the tip of its nose all the way to the tip of its tail, the cat will try to impart these emotion-packed chemicals on your body.
How Cat Owners Can Show Their Affection for the Cat
We show our affection for those we love by kissing, hugging, cuddling, and many more. This does not mean that we can also show these same actions towards our pet cats. We may have a very different idea on how to show affection. However, here are some ways you can show your affection to your kitty.
- Learn Your Cat’s Personality
The best way you can show your cat how much you love it is by learning its personality. It makes perfect sense. Knowing as much as you can about the individual characteristics and temperament of your pet will help you determine the different activities that it likes and does not like. This includes petting, kissing, snuggling, and other activities to show your “affection”.
- Do the Slow Blink
Cats display their love by performing the slow blink. As such, if you reciprocate, then they will also know that you love them, too. The same is true with a cat’s head bumping and body rubbing gestures. Of course, you don’t expect to head bump your cat or to rub your body against your pet. What this only means is for you to recognize these behaviors as a part of the feline repertoire for showing affection.
- Discover Parts of the Cat’s Body that are Receptive to Your Caress
Try to discover the parts of your pet’s body where it feels more relaxed whenever you touch or caress them. Different cats have their own peculiarities. For instance, some love the idea of having their pet parents rub their bellies, while other cats don’t like such advances. Others love their backs stroked, although others may find it objectionable.
Respecting the Cat’s Wishes
The key to kissing cats and showing them your love and affection is by respecting their wishes. This requires an understanding of feline body language to help you determine whether to kiss your pet or not. If your cat seems happy and relaxed whenever you plant a kiss, then consider yourself lucky. But if the animal hisses or displays other signs of displeasure, do not force your kiss. It is a sign that the cat does not want you to kiss it.
Some cats like kisses; some don’t. It is all a matter of how you interpret the subtle cues from your furry friend. If it is amenable to kissing, then you can plant kisses on its head. If not, there are other ways you can show your affection.