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Do cats know that hugs and kisses are a sign of affection? — 4 Comments

  1. I think it depends on the cat, how long it stayed with the mummy cat and siblings, if hand reared, how humans have handled the cat, the personality of the cat and the human.

    I have had cats that hugged each other during allogrooming. I have seen kittens hugging, whilst sleeping, playing. The hug, can just as easily be overdone among cats as it can by humans hugging cats

    Cats will ‘kiss’ with a nose touch, a slow blink. The slow blink is not just a greeting, it is an expression of love and trust.

    Humans hugging and kissing cats, needs to be consensual, gentle and appropriate. Humans can gain real trust from cats by observing what the cat does, how it responds to humans and of course, other cats.

    Look to the cats, they tell us what to do and how to do it.

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