Our cats hold a special place in our hearts. In fact, they say when you lose a cat it leaves a cat-shaped hole there. In honor of Valentine’s Day I found cute pictures of special cats with a whole lot of heart. Hearts you can’t see and those you can. In other words, I hunted for photos of cats who wear their hearts on their sleeves — or would that be fur? I hope you enjoy these cuties. My next cat has got to have a heart on him or her!
Connie’s cat, Kit, is absolutely in love with Connie’s husband and wears her heart on her sleeve (well, half a heart on each). According to Connie, if she were a less secure woman, she might actually be jealous!
Kit unabashedly throws herself on her husband, making eyes at him and staring at him admiringly every chance she gets. It sounds like someone has their Valentine date already.
Michelle Blanshan’s kitty, Feisty, has a heart in a very … um … private area, though Michelle tastefully says it’s on his "tummy.”
He’ll be five years old next month and was found under a shed at the tender young age of four weeks. While she didn’t want a cat, she just "couldn’t resist this stinker, he was so tiny and cute."
LaLa is Anne-Marie Scott’s cat who has a black sideways heart on his light pink nose. She met him on a friend’s farm, where he was the runt and outcast of her litter.
Anne-Marie wasn’t looking for a cat (I sense a theme here!) but couldn’t resist LaLa’s charms. She greets her at the door every day and has a special little toy she carries around from room to room to entice Anne-Marie to play.
Lucky is Cheri Herron’s failed foster and truly wears his heart on his sleeve!
Cheri says he’s a very particular boy. Ninety percent of the time when she tries to pet him he runs away, yet at night he flops across her and then beside her to make biscuits. He alternates between those two positions until he falls asleep. He’ll be one year old on March 20.
This unnamed cat in a Rome sanctuary has a prominent heart on her lower back. I’ll bet this kitty makes a lot of tourists happy and gets photographed a lot! (Photo by Erin Sneath.)
Baby Squeak was one of a litter of kittens found in an attic and brought to Lee Jamison. She was named after Squeak, an adult foster cat of Lee’s, because they had almost identical markings despite being unrelated. They looked so similar and got along so well they were actually adopted out together to my friend.
Squeak kept her name and Baby Squeak became Snowflake. She loooves to groom your face and give mouth kisses.
No joke: This handsome heart-chested cat’s name is Poop. It turns out this kitty makes some pretty crazy faces when he uses the restroom — and he responded to the name unlike the others Rachel Ruther tried when she adopted him from a local shelter.
As a kitten, Poop was adopted twice and returned both times. He’d spent eight months of his short 18-month life in a small cage. He’s now 15 and in a home where he is absolutely adored by Rachel and her husband, and where Poop is the king of the castle!
That’s Archie in the picture with his upside-down heart snuggling up with brother Oscar. He’s around 10 years old, and his mom, Michelle, says he’s very soft and affectionate.
He never strays far from the house gardens, perhaps for fear he might not be let back in! Archie and Oscar were shipped to the UK from Ireland to be rehomed. Archie had been there the longest, so Michelle decided to take all three of the cats the lady had and hasn’t looked back since.
Janet Donaldson’s cat, Checkers, has an upside-down heart around her nose. Checkers was a rescue and Janet doesn’t know much about her history, other than she’s about five years old.
Janet says the very chatty Checkers is shaped like a mini bowling ball and loves to sleep on her lap. In fact it seems she’ll sleep on any of her body parts at night, but won’t go to bed until she has her “kitty crack” (Temptations). Checkers tells Janet when it’s time for snacks and bed by following her around.
When Susan Willett dropped off her dog off at the vet for surgery, a black-and-white kitten reached through the bars of a cage, looked her in the eye, and demanded she take him home. When she went back to adopt the kitten and his sister, the vet tech brought out a different pair of black-and-white kittens — the original ones had found homes.
The little boy cat had been very clear he wanted to come home with her, but Susan says sometimes you have to trust that things happen for a reason. So she brought the "wrong” kittens home and it didn’t take her long to figure out that Elsa Calair (the one pictured with the heart on her arm) and Calvin were the right kittens after all!
This is Posey. She’s about six months old, and you can see her little heart-shaped marking on her left hip.
Posey was supposed to be a birthday gift for Jennifer Ann Wicks’ sister, but Jennifer fell in love with her, and because she’s a self-proclaimed sucker, ended up keeping her for herself and just loves her little girl to pieces!
Lucie, Leslie Friedman’s cat, has a heart on her belly — which is so appropriate given her birthday is on Valentine’s Day in 2002!
She’s gone from being a very shy cat to following Leslie around and sitting on her lap to knead her chest. Lucie kept her distance for almost three years until one day after Leslie had surgery, Lucie decided she trusted her enough to lay on her. Now she follows Leslie around everywhere!
Does your kitty have any romantic-shaped markings? We’d love to see pictures!
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About the author: Tamar Arslanian is a singleton living in New York City with her cats Kip, Petie, and Haddie. Tamar writes about cats, relationships and life in the Big Apple on her nationally recognized blog, I HAVE CAT. She was recently quoted in People StyleWatch "What’s In What’s Out" about cat toy trends. Her biggest secret? She didn’t grow up with animals (unless you count goldfish and a hamster). When she finally got her first cat she was in her early 30s and it was all thanks to a man she was dating at the time. You can follow Tamar and I HAVE CAT on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.