Yesterday, when I read the “Snuggles on Sunday” post from my (very) distant Aby cousins at The Poupounette, I realized something: snuggling has very specific rules, and some humans don’t know what they are. My pals’ human (#1) has it right, and she clearly understands her place in the snuggling hierarchy. My human, on the other hand, could not get it more wrong, which is why I am often referred to as “cold” and “not cuddly.” But really, it has nothing whatsoever to do with me. I am sure some of you kitties can relate, so to help matters out, I thought I would explain in plain language some important snuggling facts. Maybe if humans take heed, we will be less likely to be dubbed with epithets such as “aloof” and “unaffectionate.”
Signs that cats want to be snuggled:
- They jump on your lap and purr.
- They get in your face and headbutt you.
- If you are in bed, they crawl under the covers with you.
Signs that cats may have something other snuggling on their minds:
- They get in your face and poke you with a paw (they are probably hungry, not snuggly).
- They are rubbing against your legs (ditto on being hungry).
- They roll over on their back. (This could be a trick… they may want to attack your hand. Or maybe they just have an itchy back.)
Signs that cats have no interest whatsoever in being snuggled:
- They are curled up and sleeping peacefully.
- They are sitting there and not even looking at you.
- Two words: airplane ears.