- 1 week ago
- Wedding: August 2019
I have a 6 month old Maine Coon kitten. He’s a freaking beautiful animal and I’m quite fond of him. His name is Socrates (Socks for short).
But…I am struggling to understand this creature. I have never owned a cat before, I have only ever lived with dogs. And it does NOT TRANSLATE.
Sometimes I honestly feel like my presence is a burden to my cat.
He would come up and sit next to me, so I would be like: cool he wants a scratch. But no, he ducks away from my hand, shoots me a look of “bugger off”, then walks away.
Or other times, he wants a scratch and he’s enjoying it, but then nek minnit he’s like “ok i’m done leave me now peasant” and it’s quite obvious the scratch session is over.
THen at night, he will jump on my chest and meow until I wake up. So I wake up to give him a cuddle, and he runs away.
Or we’ll have popcorn, and he keeps reaching into the bowl to get one, but when I give him one, he just bats it around until the dog gets it.
Or, he’ll rub against my legs for some reason. So i go to pick him up, and he’s like NO THANK YOU. So I try to pat him and he’s like OK NOT THAT EITHER. So I just stand there and let him rub against me.
And EVERYTHING IS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND. THEN THE DOG GETS IT AND DESTROYS IT. THEY TAG TEAM DESTRUCTION. NOTHING IS SAFE.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND. ANY OF IT!
Can someone please translate cat cues for me?
You don’t need a translator for a dog. All pats are good pats. All activities are good activities. All food is good food. No ambiguity. They are simple creatures.
Cats are not simple creatures. There are politics involved.
Pics because he’s cool looking: