Hands down, my most read blog post over the long haul is“Awww, look! He loves me!” . This title shows up EVERY week in my stats. I don’t consider it to be an example of my most sterling prose, so it has to be the subject matter. People are just fascinated with this feline behavior — officially called “bunting” — because it most resembles an action a human might do. (Just my opinion.) Touching someone can mean: excuse me, hey you, please, pay attention to me, feed me, pet me, love me. You get the idea. This communication starts with a touch, and for the bazillion touch-starved people out there, this behavior from a cat MAKES US FEEL GREAT!!
Yes, kitty probably does love you, but also trusts you and considers you personal property (back off, other cats! This human is MINE.)
I think the post’s popularity says something about the human/feline relationship. [What? Oh, sorry, make that feline/human relationship. I was just corrected by my
boss cat.] I love this cat behavior because – regardless of what the cat is actually trying to communicate with me — I feel LOVED.
People take to the Internet to learn about this puzzling, sweet, wonderful behavior by their cat. They want validation of what we all want (love) and they must find out if their hypothesis is true or not. Before making the grand claim: “Look. I am LOVED” they want to make sure they are right, which is the second thing everybody in the world wants — to be RIGHT!
Well, I prefer to go by the adage: If you have the opportunity to be right or be kind, always choose to be kind. So, speaking of being kind: don’t you think this is a particularly fetching photograph of Sophie? [She paid me to say that...]