Understanding Cats: What do cats think when we kiss them?

girl kissing kitten

Out of all species that humans have lived with for ages, cats are probably the most difficult to completely figure out.

Acting like special snowflakes with personalities on their own, cats are the type of creatures that can really surprise you in many ways. Because each feline friend is so different, it is hard to figure out every cat's likes and dislikes when it comes to the food you give them, the bed they sleep in or the toys they play with.

Moreover, they can act like a lady you need to win over and you, their owner, need to take on the role of their admirer. But how do you approach them? How to win them over and show you truly love and care about them? How about a kiss?

Do Cats Know What Kisses Are?

Typically for us, modern homo sapiens, we like to kiss and hug everything we love and think is cute. As confident in the fact that that is the best way to demonstrate affection as we are, we simply presume cats like kisses as much as we do, but, here is the thing.

They have no idea what kisses are. Matter effect, they don’t speak the kiss language, at least not the way we might understand.

Our feline friends have their own ways of ending a kiss and it is not as nearly as touchy-feely as ours is. If they want to kiss you they will simply blink.

Yep, that is right. If a cat slowly blinks at you it means they care about you and want you to know that they truly feel great in your company. In their love language that is a sign of appreciation as they really like you and feel safe around you.

So, the next time you get a fairly relaxed, almost bored blink, do not worry. It is not a sign that you bore your furry friend. It is just a kiss from the distance, but a kiss is a kiss and that's what truly counts, right?

Do cats know it's a sign of love?

While they find your kisses very odd and probably don’t understand what it all means, one thing is for sure, and that is that they do understand that it is some way of affection. Because you act overall friendly and probably the kiss with a smile or gentle touches, over time they usually learn it is your way of caring for them and showing how much they mean to you.

Giving them a gentle rub on the belly along with kisses on the top of the head or slow blinking before you lean in to kiss them can form a nice behavioral pattern that helps them understand what it all means in your human world.

This is why some cats may grow really fond of any kind of kisses, while others may develop an aversion and it has absolutely nothing to do with you. So, if your kitty acts annoyed when you try to give them a peck on the head, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.

It is just that some cats are just wired that way, just like some like to be active more than other feline buddies or prefer salmon over tuna.

man kissing a cat

Now, you may wonder, do cats like to be kissed?

Just like with everything else related to cats' and their personalities, the truth is, you can absolutely never know how they are going to react to you lavishing emotion on them that way.

Not only all cats have different preferences, but every cat may change their preferences based on their current mood.

Some like being kissed, some don’t. Moody creatures, aren't they? One day they may enjoy cuddling, letting you kiss them as much as you want. The other day, however, they may turn their heads on the other side, like you are the arch-enemy or someone who is disturbing their peace.

For this reason, you simply need to know your cat well so you don’t get freaked out in case they refuse you or get finicky about the loving way you treat them. Unless you are all over the place like an aunt from the countryside who hasn't seen their nephew for five years and so she needs to kiss the nephew at least a hundred times, remember, it is not you, it’s them.

They do understand what you are trying to do ad they do care about you as much as you do about them, but sometimes they are just not in the mood to pretend to be a cutie and they would rather just lay down and enjoy the benefits of being allowed to be spoiled and loved by you.

While some owners like to lavish as much affection on their cats and cats really like that it is important to know that not only cats have preferences about how they like to be cared for, but there are some preferences humans need to have too.

No matter how much you invest in your furry friend's dental health, be aware that cats mouth is frequently full of all kinds of bacteria, some of which can be harmful to your health.

This is why in the battle kisses on the mouth versus kisses on the forehead, it always kisses on the forehead that should win, at least when health is concerned.

So remember, if you really feel the need to kiss them and they really seem to love that kind of expression, try to avoid the mouth area and instead turn to different actions, like rubbing the belly or kissing their smart little head.