Imagine that you come back home after a long and tiring day at the popcorn mines and all you want is some peace and quiet. You brew yourself a heartwarming mug of hot chocolate, put on a wholesome rom-com, and start looking for your cat so you can cuddle with it in an evening of bliss.

However, your cat’s in no mood to be hugged, cradled, or petted! It tells you ‘NO’ in very clear terms and you’re left devastated. So much so that you take a photo and post it on the internet. Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest and most emotional pics of cats telling their owners that they’re definitely not in the mood to cuddle and it’ll improve your mood, no doubt about it. As you scroll down through this feline wonderland, remember to upvote the pics of the cats that you’d definitely love to hug. And be sure to let us know in the comment section how your cat reacts to your cuddles!

Ingrid Johnson, a certified cat behavior consultant and the founder of Fundamentally Feline, told Bored Panda that each cat's desire for physical touch is unique and different. And it's when we fail to notice when our cats aren't comfortable with being hugged that we might get bitten or scratched.

#1

Please Release Me

Please Release Me

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Arrrgh! Save me from this maniac! She's crazy! Look at her insane smile! N-o-o-o!"

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#2

Mistle-No

Mistle-No

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Notice the arm on the frame for extra resistance.

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#3

No Human, I Do Not Want Your Love

No Human, I Do Not Want Your Love

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

Oooh that face and ears, that lady is on her last warning :D

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"Some cats have some degree of hyperesthesia syndrome and are actually hypersensitive to touch which can result in aggression. It is truly uncomfortable for them and not nice to push them to the point of overstimulation," cat behaviorist Ingrid explained to Bored Panda.

"However, the cat is often 'screaming at you' to stop touching them in their own way: tail flicking, skin rippling and rolling, ears back and to the side, pupils dilated. They are agitated and telling you to stop in 'cat language.' It is when we do not 'listen' that we get bitten. The cat tried to warn us but we are human and didn't pick up on the cues."

#4

"Dear God, Put Me Down!"

"Dear God, Put Me Down!"

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Help me!"

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#5

Stop Hugging Me. I'm Trying To Call Help

Stop Hugging Me. I'm Trying To Call Help

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

HEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLP

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#6

Apparently The Satanic Spirit Possessing My Cat Doesn't Like Selfies

Apparently The Satanic Spirit Possessing My Cat Doesn't Like Selfies

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

Lol I wonder what has face was in the next frame?! And yes I mean both of them XD

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Ingrid said that both a cat's character and their current mood are important when it comes to whether or not they'll allow their owners to cuddle with them. "Cats and dogs don't really like 'hugs.' Humans just impose it on them anyway! Some cats are more tactile sensitive than others so respect your individual cat's preferences for touch," she said.

Cat behaviorist Ingrid joked that when it comes to cats, it's a bit like dating. "Play hard to get, ignore them, let them approach you on their owns terms, and everyone will be better off for it! They feel much safer when they are in control and can decide if they want to approach," she said.

"If you have a cat that does get over-stimulated always leave them wanting more. If the fifth stroke gets you bitten, stop at 2 or 3! Let the cat 'do the petting' by letting them rub on you and dictate how much they want to engage. Everyone will be happier if we do not force affection that is unwanted."

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"Enough You Imbecile. Be Gone!". These Cats Get Sassier By The Day

"Enough You Imbecile. Be Gone!". These Cats Get Sassier By The Day

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Nope. Not today."

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#8

Not Today

Not Today

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

It's so funny how the cat is just leaning away with a look of disdain on its face.

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#9

Even Cats Hate Selfies

Even Cats Hate Selfies

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ComfyPanda
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6 months ago

Oh ouch. Kitty wanted NO part in having their picture taken.

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Cat cuddles are wonderful for our health! It’s not just our personal experience but also science that confirms this. Cats, just like other pets, have a calming effect on their owners: they help reduce blood pressure, as well as heart rate levels.

Furthermore, owning a catto helps you manage stress better and helps improve your physical and psychological health.

#10

Put Me Down, Human

Put Me Down, Human

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"If you must, you must."

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#11

My Mom Is Giving Rei Kisses And She Is Having None Of It

My Mom Is Giving Rei Kisses And She Is Having None Of It

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

Omg XD I love the high drama!

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#12

My Girlfriend And Our Cat. The Feeling's Mutual

My Girlfriend And Our Cat. The Feeling's Mutual

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ComfyPanda
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6 months ago

That cat has seen things.

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One study found that owning a pet for just a month brings about a “highly significant reduction” in small health issues like headaches, colds, and back pain. Owning a pet, according to the researchers, can have “positive effects on human health and behavior, and that in some cases these effects are relatively long term.”

The physical benefits of owning a dog, however, are greater because you get out more when you go for walks. But don’t let the felines know that I told you this, they might start plotting their revenge! In brief, having any pet at home is good for you. So go hug your cat. And, if it says ‘no,’ send us a picture!

#13

"You Can Stop Now"

"You Can Stop Now"

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ComfyPanda
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6 months ago

You're in my picture human. Leave. Now.

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#14

Rejected

Rejected

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Nah, don't bother me. I'm rehearsing for "Romeo and Juliet".

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#15

Let's Take A Selfie

Let's Take A Selfie

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Let's not."

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In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Ingrid told us all about how cats help reduce stress and how our welfare (both physical and mental) depends on our bonds with our pets.

According to Ingrid, how much cats reduce the stress in our lives depends on our very unique relationships with them. The more we’re willing to learn about our pets, the more we’re familiar with our cats’ behaviors, quirks, and needs, the happier they’ll be. And, by extension, so will we.

#16

This Very Rude Cat (Claw)

This Very Rude Cat (Claw)

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

These claws are made of adamantium, no doubt.

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#17

I Tried To Make My Boyfriend Take A Cat Beard Picture. This Was The Result

I Tried To Make My Boyfriend Take A Cat Beard Picture. This Was The Result

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"NOOOO! Get away! Get away! Get away!"

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#18

Some Times I Wonder If She Would Have Preferred The Shelter Life

Some Times I Wonder If She Would Have Preferred The Shelter Life

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Kristal
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6 months ago

Avoidance Level: Disappearing neck

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"For many people, our pets are a great comfort, a best friend, a listening ear, and a source of unconditional love. Sadly, for others, their cat might stress them out, or they might find the cat annoying. This is usually due to a lack of understanding about how to best care for their cat and meet their needs, train them, etc. Those pet parents should seek the help of a qualified behaviorist! While some research claims that pets relieve stress and lower blood pressure, other studies have disproven this theory,” Ingrid said.

Unlike dogs, cats usually don’t develop an instinct to protect their owners or housemates. “Not to be negative in any way, but cats often self-preserve. This is how they have survived and evolved to be survivors over thousands of years,” Ingrid said.

#19

"Dude, Just Stop Touching Me"

"Dude, Just Stop Touching Me"

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

LOL The cat punched him in the eye in the second photo. It looks as if he loves his cats, but his cats are thinking "Meh."

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#20

He Loves Me, I Swear

He Loves Me, I Swear

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Vampyre kitteh.

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#21

Silly Boy Hated Santa! I've Never Seen Him So Angry At Someone

Silly Boy Hated Santa! I've Never Seen Him So Angry At Someone

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

The cat probably wasn't thrilled about having to wear that costume either.

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“Their instincts are generally to hide to avoid danger or to flee. They prefer not to fight as that increases the potential for injury. An injured cat cannot hunt and take care of themselves so 'going into battle' is not their first choice," the cat behaviorist told us.

Ingrid explained that cats really do like us best when we play “hard to get.” By being too open with our affections, however, we might just push them away and make them run from our cuddlesome grasps!

#22

"Dad Tried To Give Me Attention. I Wasn’t In The Mood, Clearly"

"Dad Tried To Give Me Attention. I Wasn’t In The Mood, Clearly"

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Boop on the human's nose.

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#23

Let's Take A Picture With Snuggles

Let's Take A Picture With Snuggles

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Not today Susan!

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#24

Cat’s Reaction When He Was Captured For Kissing/Sniffing

Cat’s Reaction When He Was Captured For Kissing/Sniffing

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Awww...that adorable face and those cute teefs!

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“Respecting an individual cat's preferences for engagement is a good way to respect them," Ingrid detailed that each and every cat is unique and has a particular character. Some might be more open to hugs than others and you should be aware of their needs, not just your own.

#25

The One Thing Buster Hates Is Being Kissed

The One Thing Buster Hates Is Being Kissed

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ComfyPanda
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6 months ago

We can tell.

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#26

Nope

Nope

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Talk to the paw, dude."

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#27

Valentine’s Day? Yuck

Valentine’s Day? Yuck

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

No human, you have too much fur I don't want it on my best suit

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There are other ways than just feeding your cat, changing its litter, and refilling its water bowl (or, well, hugging it so much it tells you to stop immediately). They need entertainment and stuff to do, otherwise, they’ll get bored without much stimulation.

#28

Happy Day Mama! We Love You, But No Kisses

Happy Day Mama! We Love You, But No Kisses

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

He's had enough. Just look at that face

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#29

Haven't Seen Me For A Week. Greeted With Fangs. My Cat Hates Me

Haven't Seen Me For A Week. Greeted With Fangs. My Cat Hates Me

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Kristal
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6 months ago

Naw, cat was sad you gone and letting you know its displeasure

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#30

I Know He Loves Me

I Know He Loves Me

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Your cat has a funny way of showing it.

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"Providing a feline-friendly environment that meets the cat's needs is the best way to ensure you have a happy cat that feels safe and will 'love you back.' This means offering vertical space cat trees or cat condos, playing with your cat daily to offer opportunities to hunt and relieve stress, offering multiple outlets for scratching, and offering different substrates (they all have unique preferences) and just providing an engaging environment."

#31

I Guess We're Not Cuddling

I Guess We're Not Cuddling

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Murder mittens out in full force!

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#32

My Friend Tried To Take A Selfie With Her New Kitty

My Friend Tried To Take A Selfie With Her New Kitty

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

Probably not thrilled with his bow tie

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#33

When You Just Don't Want To Cuddle

When You Just Don't Want To Cuddle

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

No one can see me in thìs collar! No photos!

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#34

Go Away

Go Away

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

That's a kick in the jaw. Cute toe beans, though.

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#35

Put. Me. Down

Put. Me. Down

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"Ugh. Please."

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#36

I Am Not Happy With This Head Massage

I Am Not Happy With This Head Massage

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

"I need to speak to the manager."

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#37

"This Hooman Loves To Kiss Me - And I Hate It. But She’s Been A Good Slave"

"This Hooman Loves To Kiss Me - And I Hate It. But She’s Been A Good Slave"

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Cute chonk.

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#38

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

"STOP"

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#39

"Sometimes My Mom Wants To Cuddle And I Just Cannot Deal"

"Sometimes My Mom Wants To Cuddle And I Just Cannot Deal"

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Hugo A-niro
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6 months ago

SHE CAN BE SO ANNOYING

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#40

Euhmmm Nope

Euhmmm Nope

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

"I hate kissing.. Yuck!"

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