A cat who learns to kiss his masters warms hearts: “How lucky are you”

A cat named Bruce has melted hearts online after a video of him ‘learning to kiss’ his owners went viral on social media.

In the video, shared on TikTok earlier this month by the cat’s owner, using the username Patsysdad, the ginger cat can be seen nodding towards its two owners, one at a time, to receive kisses on the head, which he greeted with “sleepy eyes”, a sign that he was at ease.

According to Vet West, cats contain certain bacteria in their mouths that cause gum disease, and as predators, they also eat animals and insects that can harbor disease.

Among the most common zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans are bacteria such as Pasteurella, Staphylococcus, E-coli and Salmonella, all of which are highly contagious.

Ringworm is also a common fungal infection that is highly contagious and can easily spread from cats to humans, along with cat scratch fever or Bartonella. Parasites, such as toxoplasmosis, can sometimes be transmitted to humans through unsafe handling of kitty litter.

So, to be safe, Vet West suggests avoiding kissing your cat on the lips, although they say a kiss on the head is just as affectionate and carries a much lower chance of catching illness.

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A stock photo of a woman kissing a cat. A cat learning to kiss has melted hearts online.
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There are a number of people for whom contact with animals can pose a great risk, including very young children, pregnant women, immunocompromised people and those with weakened immune systems.

The viral post quickly attracted animal lovers across the platform, receiving over 5 million views and 1.4 million likes to date.

One user, snuff, commented: “My boy does that too but now he’s gonna come up and smack his head in our faces/mouths.” And Rachael added: “I unwittingly taught my cat this and now she expects me to give her kisses every time I come home from work.”

Kiralynn wrote: “My baby used to put his head in my mouth for a kiss. He did it with a force that hurt but he was my special baby.” And Serenarivera said: “my cat gives me [an] real kiss [with] his [little] nose.”

Another user, Smalltownalberta, commented, “I would literally do this all day.” And Yaw said, “this cat is so loved and he knows it.” fiona fanpage added: “the way he waits for the next person to ask.” Faysa wrote, “You don’t understand how lucky you are.”

Simm said, “My Garfield does that if you make two kiss sounds he puts his face on your lips and I love it.” And Baelisirishcream wrote: “We also trained ours. Now he demands kisses every morning.”

Newsweek has contacted Patsysdad for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.

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