Here's the Thing: Do Cats Like Kisses?

January 27, 2021

Here's the Thing: Do Cats Like Kisses?

Wondering if your cat likes kisses? 

I love to come home to my cat and give him a lot of his and kisses, but I always wonder if he likes it. Unlike dogs, cats don't seem to be very interested in displays of affection--they have a different way of showing love and affection. 

In this blog post, we will answer the question, "Do cats like kisses?" in detail and go over everything you need to know. 

Keep reading to learn more. 

Straight to the Point: Do Cats Like Kisses? 

Well, this depends from cat to cat. While one cat may love kisses and other displays of affection, another may not. 

So, you can write that off as individual preferences. 

Some cats seem to tolerate kisses, while others will get their nails out and seem to be very bothered. How does your cat react to kisses? Would love to read your experience in the comments section. 

How Cats Show Love and Affection 

Humans and cats show affection differently. While we enjoy his and kisses, cats have a different love language altogether. 

Let's see how cats show affection: 

  • Licking 
  • Using their tail 
  • Slowly blinking their eyes
  • Sleeping on people they love 
  • Kneading 
  • Head butting
  • Licking 

If your cat slowly blinks its eyes when you're around, it is actually saying "I love you" to you. 

Isn't that adorable!? 

Head bumping is another way in which cats show affection. Of course, they could knock your glasses off while they are at it, and it may even feel annoying. But, think of that as the ultimate compliment. 

Kissing Your Kitty: Some Quick Guidelines to Stick To 

If you still would like to show affection to your cat by showering it with kisses, you should! 

In this section of the blog post, we will go over some guidelines to stick to while kissing your cat. If you follow these, your cat will at leat tolerate the kisses and won't push you away. 

Here's the deal. 

Don't Kiss a Cat If You Don't Know It Well 

If you're meeting a cat for the first time (or of you aren't well-acquainted with the cat in question), it is tempting to kiss the cat. I love kissing kittens, but it isn't the best way to go about it. 

Keep in mind that even if your own cat loves kisses and can't seem to get enough of them, others do not. They could actually hate kisses. Or kisses from strangers. 

Cats like to have their space and don't like kisses from people they don't know. 

So, no kissing strange cats. 

Teach Your Kids to Avoid Kissing Cats 

Your cat may love cuddles and kisses from your children. So, they may assume the all cats like to get kisses. However, your child (and the cat) can get injured if they kiss strange cats.

So, teach your kids to respect a cat's boundaries and not to kiss strange cats. 

No Smooching, Please!

I'd like to begin with stating how much I love to kiss my cat on the lips. 

But, that isn't something you should do! (And, that's also something I need to change). 


This can be too much of an invasion of the cat's space. Cats also carry parasites and bacteria in their saliva which can spread to humans through contact. This is especially true for unvaccinated cats and strange kittens. 

So, it is best for your own health (and that of the cat's) if you kiss it elsewhere. 

Here's How to Show a Cat Affection 

If your cat is not a big fan of kisses, you can show it some love and affection without kissing it. 

In this section of the blog post, we will go over some cat-proof ways to showering your feline friend with all the love and affection. 

Take a look. 

  • Kitty Slow Eye Blink: Use your cat's own love language to show it some affection. You can do this by slowly blinking your eyes while looking at your cat. This technique drives kitties crazy. 
  • Petting your cat: When in doubt, show your feline friend some love by petting it with your hands instead. This technique works with most kitties and is fool-proof. 
  • Talking to your cat: This is an excellent way of showing your cat some affection without invading its personal space. Cats love being talked to and feel good when you do it. 
  • Returning eye contact: When your cat is staring at you, you can show it some affection by returning its gaze. 
  • Giving treats: Some cats love treats and this is one of the best ways to show your cat some much-needed love. 
  • Grooming: Grooming your kitty is also an excellent way of showering it with love. This takes the cat back to its kitten hood days when its mom used to groom it. This is the ultimate form of showing it some affection. But, keep in mind that grooming doesn't mean bathing! 
  • Head butting: Some cats love it when their owners do this! Try it with your kitty to see its reaction. 

How do you show your cat some affection? Tell us in the comments section! 

Summing Up: Do Cats Like Kisses?

Some cats like kisses while others do not. This depends on the kitty's individual preferences. If your cat does not like kisses, you can try alternative forms of affection. 

Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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