5 years ago I was blessed to be chosen by a cat who had escaped her abusive home. She was thin, her whiskers had been burned off 🙁 , and her coat was matted and scraggly.
She gladly allowed me to feed her, rub her, give her a warm place to sleep, and soon after come into the house. During the time we were bonding and she was healing I noticed her features and her mannerisms … talked to my dad who has Maine Coon cats, figured she is (only) part MC, but has so many traits of the breed including the STARE, and the vocalizations which I’ve learned to differentiate as our communications. Sheeba takes walks with me and our 3 small dogs in the woods behind the house. She even does the meer-cat stand!
When she is staring at me, I give her a slow soft “blink” -this is a CAT KISS. She always returns the kiss. <3 Try it - you will see your cat note it as affection. Cats of any breed use this to "kiss" each other. At night she waits for me to get settled and the snuggles in at my side, wrapping herself around my arm so we are holding hands. She definitely has a high regard for hands, sometimes just laying on mine. Her coat and tail are long and beautiful, her whiskers grew back nicely, and everyone who spends time with her says she is the most awesome cat they’ve ever met, b/c of her sweetness and intelligence. Blink- Kiss your Kitties !!