Nervous Rescue Cat Finally Accepts 'Kisses' From Owner in Touching Video

A rescue cat named Toby has gone viral for his reaction to getting kissed by his owner for the first time since being rescued.

In a video shared on TikTok by the cat's owner, known on the platform as Alice Isabella, the owner's partner can be seen kissing Toby on the head, while Toby is looking visibly thrilled by it, making honks of happiness.

The footage also comes with a caption that makes it even more special: "Our rescue boy couldn't look at us when we got him. He finally lets daddy give him kisses and look how happy he is."


Our rescue boy couldn’t look at us when we got him. He finally lets daddy give him kisses and look how happy he is 🥹💖 #cat #catsoftiktok #fyp #gingercat #cute #foryoupage #meowmeow #squeak

♬ original sound - Alice Isabella

Alice Isabella's TikTok page is mostly dedicated to Toby and his other cat sibling Tallulah, rescued from Egypt, and they have over 30,900 followers and 2.8 million likes.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, over 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, and 3.2 million of those are cats.

Approximately 2.1 million shelter cats are adopted each year, while 530,000 of them are euthanized. Over 100,000 cats who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.

The video, which was first published on TikTok earlier in May, has now gone viral, attracting over 14 million views, more than 2.8 million likes, 22,500 comments and 80,700 re-shares.

Users on the platform loved the way the couple made their rescue feel so comfortable. One user, Izzie, pointed out: "The little happy honks." And glitterarch said: "There's nothing more pure and beautiful than animal's trust."

Many users just couldn't get enough of the video, with Fairymakayla writing: "I've watched this video everyday for two weeks. My heart feels at peace knowing he is fully loved and happy." And hollyje added: "This is the most precious thing I've seen." Heather Saucedo246 said: "I love him and I love you guys too."

"That's the best TikTok I've ever seen. I come back almost daily to rewatch it. This is exactly how it feels to get my forehead kissed by my partner," said mandarinenschaeler. And Amy Clare added: "aweeeee man you two are amazing. ty for loving him."

"Awwwwww So adorable," said Tammy Tammy267. And Debbo commented: "aww I would kiss him to lots and lots." Pixie Borthole said: "I'm literally crying at how frickin' cute your baby is! Sweeet baby." And jthor84 added: "Little Angel."

"Yesterday our cat let me pick him up and kiss him for a whole 30 seconds—progress!" said Kat Westdale, another cat owner trying to win their pet's love.

Gismogul commented: "What a cute little song he makes, rising star." And soniatrulli3 said: "I love his kitty chirps. He's saying more Dad I love you too."

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Cat napping with owner
A stock image shows a cat napping on its owner's arm. A rescue cat named Toby has gone viral for its reaction to being kissed on the head for the first time. Getty Images