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.
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.
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.
I do have two cats though.. One of whom would most definitely try to sit on you xD
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.
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
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Seriously, when it comes to cats, I'm a total pussy.