I confess that, when looking for a Valentine for Paul, I picked up every card that had a cat on it. All of them were either sickly sweet or silly, and not in a good way. The card that I finally selected did not feature kittens.
I didn’t see this collection of vintage Valentines, many with images of kittens, until today, but I wouldn’t have selected any of these for my Valentine, either. Some of the cats on these cards are just plain scary, as are the sentiments they convey. Case in point: despite this apron-clad kitten’s message that she’ll “stand a little petting,” don’t you think she looks more ready to cough up a hairball than to rub up against someone and purr? And “stand” a little petting? Not a message that I’d want to send to my sweetheart!
Thanks to Anne for the link.