We’re very well aware when our cats fight because the noise and ruckus they create just can’t be ignored. They make those terrible guttural sounds, they leap at one another, bumping objects that get in their way. But when they turn lovey-dovey toward one another, we often miss it, mostly because these things happen in silence.
Sam caught one of those moments in photos. These were taken back in 2007 in our old house. I was going through my hard drive when I saw the photos and realized that four of them, taken in sequence, tells a wonderful story about how cats can show affection to one another. A real public display of affection.
Above, Pepper reaching Mai-mai’s paw.
Pepper stretches out…
…until their paws touch.
Then, she rubs Mai-mai’s head with her paw.
Humans make that head-rubbing gesture too, right? Especially an adult toward a child. An adult ruffles a child’s hair to show affection and approval. Strange to see cats doing the same thing.