My 1 yr old wants to do nothing but play. She purrs to greet us and will walk on us but only wants everything to turn to play, no prolonged affection. Is this playing a way of being friendly or is it aggressive?
Your one-year old sounds like Abby, who is now 17 months. She has a very short attention span when it comes to cuddling. She likes to cuddle for perhaps 2 or 3 minutes at a time. Then, something will catch her attention...Muffin, a fly on the wall, her toy mouse, whatever...and then she's off to play again.
Agree. When they're that young, it's all about playing. No time for hugs and petting.
But affection will come soon enough, and with my cats it was permanent for the next 17 years or so.
It's just one of those "stages." Enjoy the little alien.