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How Cats Show Affection


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  1. Why does my feral cat roll around and lay in her litter box, for a couple of minutes, when she needs to do her job?

  2. Elizabeth Rennick

    My cat persistently uses his right paw to run down down my nose. I’d like to be tolerant but it is most uncomfortable, even though his claws are retracted. I’ve tried giving him a short, sharp slap on the offending paw, but it makes no difference. He just persists with running his paw down my nose.

  3. we have a cat that also does something similar we think he is “Petting” us just as we stroke our cats and they find it pleasurable your cat may be reciprocating the effort. its a sign of affection so why would you slap him for showing his love? celebrate his petting you just as he does yours.

  4. this is a sign of affection, he is “petting” you he likes the feeling of being petted so is trying to give you the same sort of feeling

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