September 8th 2010 5:56 am
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Anyhow Pops has been thinking! Smell dat fur burning, MOL.
He read a La Fee Verte's diary about being gentle!
This is a little "Pet Peeve" of Pops. Pet! MOL! I think... OUCHIES! OK Toby I will get on with it! no more nipping!
OK. Some say that "hand play" is a bad thing! Whats that about? Pops says that communication with us by touch and play is the very important to a connection between the owner(Pops) and the Pet(us).
Now the truth is we do have to learn how to play with them no-furs because they do scratch easy. When you read some forum entries and other "expert" opinion they discourage this type of play. We wonder why?
It is obvious that not all pets whether cats, dogs, even lizards, cat be touched ad-lib. The pets demeanor, past behavior, social status, health, and the whole gamut of a deep holistic assessment must be taken into account. Even in times of distress a cat that is known can be handled with no worry of scratching or biting.
Pops had a very badly injured Tom Cat, Tommy T. Pops was very upset but Tom could no longer have a quality of cat life due to being attacked by bad people in Philadelphia. The vet told him: "Be careful he is going to bite! He is in too much pain!". Well Pops just reached into that carrier and Tommy started purring like a locomotive. His face all distorted, his eyes still told a bigger story of a true connection. Tommy T went to over the bridge quietly in Pops arms. This had to do with the bond that had been developed between cat and caregiver.
Now all are not the same. It depends on the animal, and, how deeply the owner understands their personality. Ming, another fur from long ago, a hot tempered Siamese, would allow some petting, some play, but would give very clear signals of: "Enough. I have had enough. Thanks but no thanks. Bye." She would then jump down and go hunting.(A whole book of what she brought home) If Pops kept touching he would get a nip. Ming let NO-ONE else pet her.(Well Pops GF. She was family) Ming would jump on their lap and visitors would raise their hands in the air and yell:"Your cat! Get your Cat!"
Pops hand played with this cat with no problem.
Pops even got Buddy to play nice! A 10 year old rescue who had who knows what kind of home. He hid for months and months before showing his face during the day. He would turn and nip at any touch. Today he gets a nice head scritch and pet. He is just starting to hand play with Pops. He gets confused, like he does not know what to do, and jumps away.
It is very tough to have "time" for life let alone a pet. Work, family, chores, all take so much effort. We juggle and dance to get done with this and that while forgetting the other. Lots to do. Every day.
But with time, attention, and most importantly, a connection, we can have a gentle relationship with a wonderful part of our natural world. The only domesticated creature that "choose" to be in our lives. It really takes so little. Just a continuity. A regular time to pet and play. Just a few minutes. With just that we get so much back.
Pops always wonders how people who have issues connecting with a kitty connect or have empathy with other people?
Wow this got complicated! Anyhow!
Pops is FOR Hand Play! We are too! Each in our own way!
Pops says he is gonna put dis stuff all inna place fer the new cat owners.
"Youz betta getz on ova here N lookee dis birdee ting unda dere! I tink I gotz it but I dunno?"
Have a wonderful play day with your kitty!
Timmy TomCat(N Pops too)
YAY FOR POPS!!!! MOMMY BELIEVES IN THE HAND PLAY TOO. IT MAKES A VERY SPECIAL BOND. ME AND MY SIBLINGS LOVE TOUCH.
MOMMY NEVER WORRIES ABOUT A COUPLE MINOR SCRATCHES.
SHE HAS SOME REAL SCARS FROM SURGERIES.
AND NOTE....HAND PLAY NEVER REQUIRES ANY STITCHES. AND ABOVE ALL, MOMMY IS NOT A PRISSY LADY THAT'S AFRAID OF A SCRATCH OR TWO. YOU AND ME BELONG TO REAL GREAT HUMANS:)
LOVE AND KISSES, KARMA KITTY
Sobe tries to play with Dad's hand,but Dad doesn't want Sobe breaking his skin & possibly giving Dad some germs that might get passed on to us! He washes his hands good after playing with Sobe,but still...
What an interesting diary post! Yes, it's true the furless scratch easy! We love hand play or foot play or any kind of play. We love to play with wands and toys! My sis and me are purrty good about not scratching Mom - somehow we know not to go after the furless flesh...But, I do like to bite and nip sometimes (not hard), especially in the morning to wake Mom up...Sometimes I like to even nibble her nose -- hee hee! Well...I'm off to play now!!!
Yeppers my pals... We always wash when petting non-family pets cause we want to keep the family healthy. Good stuff.
So I do suggest this only with known family pets like me and Toby. Now that Buddy...Ouchies... gonna getcha back Buddy! Here I Come! Rawr!
Thankz biggi Popz furr the mention.
Meow alwyaz iz learnin bein a newbie and all... and many interesting obeservationz too.
Meow do believe each kitty iz not born z same as iz all our kitty families.
Now meow family can pet meow furrr a long long time without meow scratchin norr biting at all and meow's family can also hold meow, carry meow, touch meow even pry meow's mouth open at will... without meow wantin a chom chom on z fingers.
That is how much I trust meow hooman family to be gentle wit me.
If meow iz to go after z fingerz... it iz to lick and suckle on it = NO teeth.
Pet = handz, Play = toyz
iz furr meow's basic understandin.
Butta again, meow haz much to learn und obeserve.
Anyhoo... juz purrin by. Feefee is a greenie, meow iz verrra environmentally und earth friendly. Meow paw!
P.S. Pop watch WNEP 16??? ;)
*nom nom nom*
But it's SO MUCH fun to nom on the human hands!!!!
*nom nom nom*