Has your cat ever given you the ever so gentle but strict paw on your face to stop you from cuddling them any further? Yeah... the pain is acute when that happens. Like, please, all I want is to love you, why won't you let me friggin' love you. It's a hard life, being cat owner. You have to constantly contain your all-consuming need to pet and kiss and touch the floof while also giving your cat space to be its cat self.
It's so hard. But... at least when they are feeling cuddly, it's worth it. Because lawd knows there is nothing better than those moments when your cat comes up to you and begrudgingly asks for cuddles. That- that is what being a cat owner is all about.