I was playing a little game with Calpurnia the other day when she was sitting on the top of the center cat tree. I was patting her on the back and she seemed to like it, but every time I stopped she would swipe at my hand as I pulled it away. It wasn’t just the one time – I could go back and start over and she would stay there, as long as I didn’t stop.
I did a similar thing with Julie as he strutted around after coming inside. If I stroked his tail he would turn about to face my hand, and if I lifted it up he would jump up and catch my wrist with his paws. No claws! …surprisingly. After a few tries he did get excited enough to ram my fingers with his teeth – which stung a bit.
Here Calla is giving Julie a warning glance as he sits nearer to her than she likes. He ignored it, the goof.
I got down pretty low for these pictures to see if it would help avoid the eye glare. It seems to help. Gus seems to have ejected one of his up-tilting whiskers over the last week or so. He used to have two, now there only seems to be one. Looking back at old pictures, there don’t seem to be any in pictures older than a few years ago. Maybe the replacement whisker will curve the same way, or maybe not.