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I already talked a bit about it over at my twitter, but I want to elaborate a bit because it's something a lot of people don't seem to understand.

I've developed a fear of cats. It's not a phobia because I can function perfectly normally in a room with a cat. It's presence doesn't bother me one bit. I'll even pet it, but I don't particularly enjoy touching it and if it tries to stand on my lap we're going to have a problem.

The thing is, it's the cat's claws I don't like. Even if a cat enjoys what you're doing to it, it'll bore it's claws into you out of pure bliss. Holding a cat usually involves pain too unless you face it away from you. I'm aware that not every moment with a cat is filled with pain, I've owned cats and lives with one at the moment after all (though it's not mine) and we get along just fine, but I've got more scars from cats than anything else (including the one I live with) and none of those cats were angry with me. They were just doing cat stuff.

Cats' unpredictability scares me. I'm not blind to cat language. I know what the different tail movements and facial expressions mean, but sometimes they just randomly attack. Heck, if you pet them the wrong way you get your hand bitten/clawed the shit out of without warning. That's probably the main reason why I'm afraid of cats.

I've been bitten by dogs, but I always know why because dogs always give warning (I've had friends who didn't understand dog language so they understandably felt dogs were unpredictable, but if you know dogs you always see an attack coming a mile away) and all my dog injuries were because I knew a dog was aggressive but took hold of it anyway to get control of it, yet no dog has ever broken my skin.
Of course there are dogs that haven't been treated well and are straight up psychotic, but even that you can tell and know to stay the fuck away from.

So yeah, it's not a case of "I met this one crazy cat and now I'm afraid of all cats" It's a fear that has developed steadily over time because of cats' nature. I don't hate cats. I don't want to hurt them because they're just doing their cat thing and lots of people love them for it, but I don't feel comfortable touching them. 

As long as they don't expect me to pet them, cats and I are cool.
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I love cats, and have four.  My favorite is a black cat who is a little devilish, like Iceland's cat. She bites me in the morning to wake up, always aiming for a nice fleshy part of my body as well.  Adorable!
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nharmoniafangirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Maybe it wanted to play.I have a cat that bites my nose or my hair. He doesn't bite me because he hates me, he bites my nose and hair to show that he loves me. He likes to grab my arm and softly kick it, as if playing.
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Tanyt262 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
My cat once scratched my finger near my nail, and I almost needed stitches, but I don't care. I LOVE MY CAT SO MUCH!!!
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Im scared of dogs..
really scared
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Gilbert-LesMis Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love cats and I'll hug them even if they protest! The claws don't bother me, II got used to my cat jumpingjumping in my back
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JinnTachi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! You pretty much summed up exactly how I feel about cats.
I have one myself, but he is very different and I have never once been scratched or bitten by him, even when he is unhappy with what I am doing.
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MorphoAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I was the opposite, I have never been unexpectedly attacked by a cat because I know their body language better than people's, but dogs have suddenly lunged at me against their owner's leash out of nowhere, scaring the shit outta me. Heh, I've been working in a dog bathing salon for the last few months out of pure desperation but now a dog could try to bite my face and I'd be like "Oh hush, I still have to clip your back nails, too." Whereas before, I once jumped into a sink to escape a tiny, harmless poodle toy cause I was so scared of dogs.
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Hm, I grew up with cats, and that's the only thing we ever owned until recently with our batch of 12 puppies (We only took 4) So I could never understand these things .3.
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LittleAlbinoChibi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I can understand this. Even with my love of cats, I still become really uneasy with them due to their claws. Unfortunately, they seem to pick up on this and the claws come out...
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dark-angel125 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
my cat does that too
only last night, i went to the kitchen to get a midnight snack and she jumped out at me in the dark and i almost screamed, she scared me so much.
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ThePaintbrushMaster Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
I would have to agree with you. I literally just a few minutes ago got clawed by my cat (because I was upstairs in my house coming down stairs and my dogs scared her. And I mean I knew it was coming because I felt he claws slowly dig into my skin but hen when I least expected it, she kicked and clawed me at the same time and ran off.). I mean sure, I'm an animal lover and all but I'm basically just a dog person. It's not like I don't like other animals, I mean I love them but cats. Cats are such unpredictable creatures at some points in time and the shed a lot and sometimes, because they are so quite, my cat can sneak up on me and scary the living day lights out of me and can sometimes make me angry. And don't worry, I don't abuse animals or anything. Matter of fact, my family rescues animals for a hobby/side job and basically one of our rules are: "Let it live if it doesn't need to be dead." But, back on track, I just personally not fond of cats but if a cat, or any creature needs help, I won't hesitate.
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Cecona Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here in the U.S. getting a cat's front claws removed was normal until a few years ago. My mom hates that our cat isn't declawed, but it was part of the adoption agreement so we got some claw caps. They work pretty well.
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FigureHunter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I can perfectly understand. Some people are just dog people, or cat people, or not animal people :)

I do have two cats though.. One of whom would most definitely try to sit on you xD
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GhiraWar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree! My cat will stare at me and swish her tail if I stop petting her, and I get really scared, as once I had stopped petting her, had gotten up, started to walk away, when she had sunk her claws into my legs and bit me hard, not letting go. She also jumped out randomly and attacked me.
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FigureHunter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your cat... Sounds spoilt rotten... xD
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VAEisenberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Heh, it is pretty standard. That said, a cat usually won't "really" hurt you when it's having fun, and at least I mostly got used to it.
That said, I remember having those mild dread feelings in the past, and usually with cats I didn't know well. Once you do... it's not so much you know when it's gonna happen, but like you don't care or something?
Anyhow, it's not like anyone will force you to pet a cat XD Much less the cat itself.
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Pestilence499 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014
I don't really feel comfortable around cats, because I don't really know much about them so I don't know how to act around them. My uncle has a cat and personally I like to keep my distance, since I don't really like having claws dig into my pants. Personally I am scared of haircuts, because I neve felt comfortable with someone holding scissors so close to my neck, ears or face. This paired up with my mum not being steady handed is why I am reluctant to let her give me a haircut. I apologise for this being long or seeming unrelated. Have a nice day!!:D
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Tofu-Donut Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I am so glad someone else feels the same way! I always thought I was just weird! ^^
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Akinmytua Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My grandma had a cat who was one of those. Never really gave you signals at all. We came to an understanding a few years before he died (at 12 or so I think). But that was one freaken scary cat. And I like cats. So I can understand the scary ones. 
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Sombros Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally understand. I'm not affraid of cats but I do not trust them.
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Girl-Of-Roses-Hanna Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Little disappointed how you assume people fear dogs because they can't read "dog language" and put it all down to ignorance, but not before you negate yourself from that same circumstance.

Why yes, I am utterly terrified of dogs because I'm a idiot that didn't stop touching a dog when it growled, why yes, thank you for finally clearing that up for me. /sarcasm
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RobertKing1992 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Hm.... Cats are just one of those species that like to "Play" in certain manors that make no sense to us.

Which sadly, normally involves pain... Cats always give warnings when they "attack", but when they pounce on your leg and chew/claw it (without the warning), it normally means its in  a playful mood. Trust me, if a cat really attacked, it would leave a LOT more than just a pain, there would be gashes and blood. Same thing goes with petting, if their overstimulated, they like to "play". Personally, I've only had one cat I enjoyed owning, and she acted more like a dog... Haha

That being said....cat's suck.
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CeoOlsson Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Ved godt det her er et gammelt indlæg men ville stadig lige sige det par ord)
Det er meget normalt for ung katte at være lidt uforudsigelige, det kunne være du har rørt dem før du har været trygge ved dem? Det kan også være de har et sted de ikke kan lide at blive kælet (hovedet er for det meste det sikreste sted) Det kan være fordi de har smerter, har haft kat i alle mine 23 år, så er også selv dækket af en masse kradse ar, men for det meste har det altid været min skyld jeg har fået dem? (kommet til at irritere dem eller leget med dem) Så undre mig lidt over hvordan du er omkring katte o:
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Renzoki Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, it´s quite a surprise to me. Personally, i love cats, but totally understand your fear for their claws. I have this little strange guy, Yukito, who happens to show his love by biting. Every time i pet him, he just bites really hard in my hand. Then he purrs and licks. Very weirdo.
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OrigamiKat Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
best comment ever
you deserve a free internet
here, take it:
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Thank u but I don't want it.
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OrigamiKat Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay.
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I would love to accept it but I can't because my Kindle won't let me.
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Chellendora Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Writer
Just never declaw.
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DeepRhapsody Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda feel the total opposite of that. Might be weird but the unpredictability is precisely why I love cats so much. I just somehow love the fact that you can never really tame them completely, that they might obey you but only if they love you, or hell, if they feel like it. Unsurprisingly, the claw thing doesn't really bother me much. Not that it's wrong to dislike these things, tho.
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ThaiIceTea15 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I love cats and I have a pet cat but I don't like their claws either. My cat doesn't get angry but she'll bore her claws when you play with her and I'll always pull away when she does that. My sister says it doesn't hurt but I'm still scared.
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orcasART Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
and friend has a cat who is used to "playing" with hands, so every attempt of petting him ends with a scar. said friend's arms and legs are coverd with scars and although she tries to break this habit he doen't change.
my family on the other hand never had this problem. we've had 3 cats in total, and non of them would ever hurt you. i assume you wouldn't get them to use their claws unless you shook them violently. and i don't even know if we just pick the pacifist cats or if it's about how we raise them... not that i'd complain :D
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think your story is getting so many comment because cat fans (like me) know what you're saying is true. My brother has a cat who is the best kitty in the world (it's true - check Guinness). The kitty would NEVER intentionally hurt a person, but he WILL dig the crap out of your legs if he's startled.

I grew up with AWESOME kitties. One of them used to play "attack the face". I would lay on the ground, and my kitty would stalk me. He would eventually get close enough to pounce on my face, and he would attack - without EVER using his claws! He knew it was a game, so, no claws. He could have ripped my face to pieces, but I trusted him (it was still a little scary). If you have a young cat or kitten, the kitten doesn't know she's hurting you. Kitties just learn after a while that they are hurting you with their claws. Some cats never learn, but most do. Cats are the coolest (and prettiest) animals, but they aren't as domesticated as dogs. Cats get along with people when there is mutual affection. Nice dogs love everybody. Cats aren't for everyone. If a person wants obedience, a cat won't make them happy. Cats WILL obey rules, but only if they love you and you love them.
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xsanto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the same issue with you. I just tell people I have a fear of cats, because it's easier for them to understand why I don't like cats. I do like them however, and like you said, I have no issues being in a room with several cats...but it's when they're sitting on my lap or leaping up to your face to scratch it, which I have issues with (cats HAVE done this to me...and they gave no warning whatsoever). I'd rather get bitten by a dog twice, than have a cat on my lap or play with one xD

I have also been bitten by dogs, but I've had dogs all my life. Last time I got bitten because I shielded one dog from another, and I was well aware of the risk. 

so, you're not alone G_G
I also like cats and would never hurt one...but feck if I'll ever have one, lol
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xsanto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AS you* hahaha
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artist

Appreciate your humanity, appreciate your comments and oh so accurate observations. I'm a 'cat' person and a 'rat' persons but have never been a 'dog' person and how you feel about cats is exactly how I feel about dogs. Normally I would keep that to myself as you know how knee-jerk judgmental some people can be, but then I saw the same thing a lot with people and rats. People have some very strange ideas about rats, or 'vermin' but they don't take the time to know what they're prejudice about. They simply react in a way which frankly is often an over-reaction and with this in mind, I examined my own feelings and reactions to dogs.

I've avoided dogs for pretty much my entire life and with good reason.

 

I expect people will say that dogs can perceive fear and it is for that reason that they attack me, but those sorts of people are frankly talking out of their asses, for only a psychopath would go out of it's way to attack just to instill yet more fear into a victim. I've been attacked by dogs so many times that in my youth it was practically a career! I've been bitten, nipped, growled at, even violently assaulted by large dogs and fourteen years ago was attacked while carrying groceries across a yard by my home when a pit bull-cross attacked me resulting in the back of my leg being torn open and my being hospitalized for deep muscle damage (which I have never recovered from). My ex-wife also had a dog, and although it was small and frankly harmless it shit and pissed where it saw fit and she did not seem to think this was a problem - but every apartment I lived in with that animal was basically one big toilet because of it and I was constantly assaulted by the stink of it, the animal and always on the lookout for something I did not want to walk into. I purchased a great Persian rug one time, and later discovered the dog would piss on it - scratch one expensive rug. I'm still pissed about that.

 

What is more, she wiped it's wormy ass with a cloth that she put behind the taps on the sink in the kitchen (and when I mentioned how disgusting that was, it pretty much spelt the end of my relationship with her). I later moved in with another woman who turned out to be a loon and who I was assured did not have a dog, yet several weeks after moving in did appear. The animal was huge, out of control and frankly I did not recall a single meal in her apartment during that time that did not have a dog attempting to sit in it. Things got so bad that I could not sleep for the animal leaping on me, and locking it in another room resulted in it howling and scratching to be let in. At least that dog did not attempt to attack me, or my then-cat, which is now with my ex and I miss that cat like you cannot imagine. I also had rats back then, lovable little intelligences but sadly they do not live long succumbing to cancer - but even my cat and others do as you have suggested; attacking without warning, being aggressive when it's unexpected.

 

Yet the duality of cats is well known and those who keep the animals should expect it. Before I end here, I want to share a commentary that was once passed onto me. "Animals are a lot like people, you get good ones and you get jerks and the problem you have with dogs is that a lot of them are jerks. Either they don't know any better because their owners let them get away with murder or perhaps they're just acting out because they've been badly treated. Who knows, they could just be evil but sadly far too many people just refuse to accept that their lifelong pal, their doggie companion might be screwed up in the head and make all sorts for excuses for it, never once realizing that the animal is just as screwed up as some people can be." And that goes for cats too - just so you know I'm not biased.

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ThatDemonWolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
They do that because they are happy.
But bah, you get used to fast all ... They're so cute.
And the place where they choose say sleep is bad for humans to sleep there, so protect the place.
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goninja Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
What happend to the Humon who held cats and did anime style meme?
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Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I get that, and you're totally right about the kneading you with their claws when they're happy thing T3T I wish there was a way to teach cats not to do that. As for random attacking... gosh that's odd o.o I mean I totally believe you, but I guess I got lucky with my cats because they've never done that to anyone in my family. That's not to say they've never clawed us, we've certainly been victims to the "oh gosh I'm so happy just let me tear your leg to shreds" and the "Omg I wanna play, OH YOU TWITCHED YOUR FINGER", but as you said there was body language to warn us so that was our own faults. If my cats ever randomly attacked without warning I think I'd become afraid too, because yeah, unpredictability is scary. 
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ZatchZ Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a vid for that!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si-yk1…
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Raikua Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Naw, I hear that. I love cats, but I too can attest that 85% of my scars come from growing up with cats. (Though it totally served me well when involved in a scar comparing contest with my best friend's boyfriend, who grew up with dogs. I won. xD ) But I totally understand what you're saying and it's all true. I've grown up with many many cats, crazy and cuddly. And either way, claws hurt. I do not blame you in the least. Even my current kitty, who is all cuddles and never kneeds or claws skin... unfortunately she's a scardy cat. And when something scares her she jumps with claws. Sure, she doesn't mean it, but it doesn't change the fact that it does hurt. 
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am the exact same way!
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Aiatalay Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People often don't understand that they need to teach their cats that their claws feel sharper to us than they do to cats. I've had my share of cats that think "oh, these scritches feel nice" when humans use their nails to scratch behind the ears, and we needed to un-teach that in order to get the claw tips out of the kneading/pawing.

That doesn't solve the entire problem of cats in general being a bit aggressive, but it's usually possible for the cat's human to educate the cat to some degree that the claws aren't nice to humans. But mostly people assume cats go without training...

Also, it is possible to get nail-caps for cats and dogs now to blunt their claws more easily (they need to be replaced as the nail grows, but it means they don't have to be cut as short so trimming isn't so traumatic) so hopefully that becomes more standard.
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:

I had a kitty phobia since 5-years-old. Spotted a gorgeous kitty laying out in the sun, I went to pet it, and the pussycat clawed at my ear. :tears: My mother had to stop the bleeding by sticking a cotton wad in my ear. T_T And I was traumatized from that incident for quite a few years.

Over time, I became used to petting kitties again. ^^ Before patting kitty, I hold hand out to let them sniff it. If they come closer, that's okay with me. :) Not when they start sticking their sharp claws into my clothes while sitting my lap, I tense up big time. ^^; 
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Lunaleaf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And also; it's okay that you're scared of cats. It takes time to know a particular cat well, and even then, they are certainly not domesticated to the same extent as a dog.

They're more like people; sometimes you have warning before they get snap at you, and other times they'll have a hairline trigger that you won't see coming. That would make you nervous if it's not something you'd learned how to deal with, or if it wasn't the family pet you already loved. On top of that, I can fully accept that not everybody is okay with being kneaded and sat on, claws and all.

I love dogs, too, but I am far more prepared to deal with anything a house cat would bring against me than a dog. I'm okay with a cat being a grouchy little psycho, or getting a little too cuddly for comfort, but on the same token I am much less okay when a dog gets a little too excited. It tends to hurt more, in my case, when my neighbour's big dog jumps up because its level of excitement has surpassed its level of training. It has claws too, even if they're blunt, and it has teeth that it can get a little too rough with when accepting a treat.

So yeah. I understand exactly where you're coming from, even if much of my perspective is understood from looking into the reverse.
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TheTwilightRouge Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I'm the same way. My fear's so bad though, that if a cat so much as jumps up on a couch beside me, I freak out and practically jump away myself.

Seriously, when it comes to cats, I'm a total pussy. :P
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LadyofLegends Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Writer
The week before this week, my sister and I were stuck with our grandfather's cats. Two of them ignored us completely, while the only one that paid attention to us was... interesting. The first night we were there, he scratched me on the finger - I lived - and basically for the next week he would follow us around, lie on the ground in our path and start squirming around on his back, and when one of us attempted to do something on the couch, he would come and sit next to us, and then proceed to start putting his claws on our thighs and walk over the keyboard.  He acted kinda like Toothless from HTTYD.
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Jhinnua Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been lucky to have (at least as my personal pets) cats that don't use their claws much except to knead blankets and catch prey. Even when my cat attacks my feet randomly in the middle of the night he often wakes me up first with hyper-mrowling prior to anything, so I can usually give him something else to do...that being said...I have met cats that do the most unexpected things, as you stated above, and I hate those cats so much.
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Apisi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a big cat person and I've owned probably well over 50 cats in my lifetime, and all I can tell you is that cats are individuals and even if you have a good idea of cat behavior, you have to learn a individual cats behavior. I've never had a scratch that hurt more than a scraped knee or elbow and I've never been bit, having owned hand raised and feral cats.
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