What could be more adorable than cats with kittens? Though many of us feline fans like to call ourselves “cat moms” or rave about our “fur babies,” there’s nothing quite like the bond between an actual mother cat and her kitten.
Why Cats and Kittens Have the Sweetest Bond
Ever wonder why cats purr in the first place? Well, the signature sound that cats are so famous for is actually a bonding mechanism between a kitten and his or her mother. Kittens often learn to purr when they are about one or two days old, and veterinarians suggest this purring is a way of them telling Mommy, “I am okay” and “I am here.” Though experts don’t know for sure why domestic cats purr, many people interpret the sound as a sign of contentment or pleasure. To us, it’s mostly a sign of adorableness. So you’re not alone if the thought of cats and kittens purring together in harmony has you grinning from ear to ear!
If you consider yourself one of those proud human “cat moms,” you might be even more pleased to know that if your kitty is kneading you, rubbing against you, or raising his or her tail, he or she is performing even more behaviors that he or she would do with an actual cat mom. “All the behavior they show toward us is derived in some way from the mother-kitten relationship,” said cat behavior expert John Bradshaw in an interview with <a target=”blank” href=”https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140127-cats-pets-animals-nation-dogs-people-science/”>National Geographic_. In return, cat moms groom their kittens. (So your cat better thank you the next time you brush his or her fur!)
That said, it never hurts to take a look at where some of the sweetest cat behaviors originally come from — Mommy. And, really, who’s going to complain about oohing and ahhing over more than one cat?
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Cat With Kittens Going to Sleep
What parent wouldn't recognize this moment? We've all had those nights when the kiddos beg for "five more minutes" of playtime while they can barely keep their eyes open. The same must be true for at least one of these little kittens here. It's no surprise that the mama cat appears to be meowing a sweet lullaby as she finally gets the chance to hit the hay herself.
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Cat and Kitten Walking Together
Aww, this sweet, tiny kitten looks a little unsure while stepping outside. Maybe the cat baby is nervous about exploring an unfamiliar and unknown territory, or perhaps he or she is just feeling a little shy. Either way, this cat mom knows exactly how to lead her kitten down the right path — both literally and figuratively — as she gives that little forehead a comforting rub.
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Cat and Kitten Sharing a Smile
We'll never forget the first time our children looked so excited to tell us something, even if they weren't able to talk just yet. It's moments like these that we'll cherish forever, and we're sure the same must be true for this devoted mom cat as she looks on proudly at her baby's sweet grin. Who knows? Maybe she's about to witness her baby finally make a first-time full purr!
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Cat and Kitten Playing Around
It's always sweet to play around and make jokes with your family, but that little kitten had better be careful! If the look on his or her mom's face is any indication, it's probably not a great idea for the kitten to keep that tongue out for too much longer. Quick, kitty, close your mouth up tight before your mom turns around and catches you in the act!
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Cat Feeding Her Kittens
And we thought feeding just one child at a time was tough! It certainly can't be easy keeping track of so many mouths at a time, especially when they all belong to such young babies. We give all the props to this tender and loving super trouper of a cat mom making sure all of her kittens are well-fed and happy with their dinner.
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Cat and Kitten Exploring
Is it just us, or do we spot a sly grin on this mama cat's face as her little kitty points at something (which is clearly very fascinating) up above? It's almost as if Mommy knows her baby is about to learn a lot about their cozy corner of the world very quickly. Who knows? Maybe this cat mom can learn something new from her kitten along the way, too.
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Cat and Kitten Cuddling
Look at how close this cat and kitten are on this cozy armchair; they look practically inseparable! Plus, we can't get over the protective facial expression the cat mom dons while holding her baby. We fear the safety of anyone who tried to mess with her little one — and maybe even the safety of the camera person, if he or she forgot to turn the flash off!
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Cat With Kitten Waking Up
As tough as it sometimes can be to get our kids to go to sleep, they always seem to have a lot more energy when they wake up. Even if you wouldn't mind "five more minutes" of rest, it often happens that our little bundles of joy have other plans. But when this cat mom sees her sweet baby's face, we're sure she'll melt right away — even with not enough sleep!
Cat Family Getting Cozy Together
How adorable is it to see a cat mom, a cat dad, and the couple's three little newborn kittens all snuggling up together? We're sure they're enjoying all the precious family time they can, especially in such a comfy setting like the one in this photo, posted by Instagram user @pumapurr. What a purrfect way for them all to bond for the future!