Cats are rarely regarded as the most affectionate of pets but that has never stopped owners from trying to bring out the soft side in their feline friends.
Fully equipped with razor-sharp claws and teeth, many have paid the price for getting a little too close to their cats.
That unconditional love has been captured by cat-lovers who are able to see the funny side in their animal companions’ distaste for cuddles.
In a series of utterly ‘purrfect’ selfies, owners have taken to social media to share those special moments.
Displeased: This cat was just about able to tolerate a series of smooches from its male owner (left) but cuddles were a step to far (right)
Please stop: They may be cute and seemingly cuddly but owners might want to keep over-the-top affection to a minimum
The faces say it all: Stealthy, silent and equipped with razor-sharp claws – kiss and cuddle your furry friend at your peril
‘I am not enjoying this’: While cat-lovers may offer unconditional love towards their pets, it rarely goes both ways
Learn when to stop: These owners could be a few cuddles away from an angry kitty and an unwanted scratch
Cat-lovers are known for their extraordinary patience and steadfast commitment to trying to make their pets love them
‘Put me down…or else’: This cat (left) sports a less than pleased grimace as it’s handled by its human
‘Who’s a pretty puss?’: Like mini lions sleuthing around our homes, cats won’t hesitate in letting you know that they’re unhappy
‘Get your paws of me, or else!’
‘I can’t take much more of this!’
This kitty’s expression suggests it may have given in to its human’s relentless affection
Despite cats not being the friendliest of creatures, they’re guaranteed to be an adorably fussy presence in our homes for years to come