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things i have learned about my new cat

- fuckin LOVES the window
- will jump into your lap and purr unprompted
- but if you pet her too much you'll get love bites
- melts in your arms if you pick her up
- will do anything for salmon treats
- so.... soft.......

@dankwraith its important to listen to cats! they often leave clues before biting that they are reaching their threshold on being pet (swinging their tail a lot, or thwopping it down hard are common) so they'll bite less if you listen to them when they communicate

that said sometimes they just go straight to biting, so don't feel like you fucked up if they do, but if they learn you will listen to them they might do that less!

@dankwraith but idk i dont like even "love bites" so i usually make an exaggerated yelp when they bite, but then listen if they do tell me to stop whatever so they don't feel like they have to :3

@anna

That's actually how you teach puppies how to have a soft mouth ! Yelp and put yourself in time out for a sec. Pups don't know how to bite softly unless you teach them.

@caceface yeah my housemate's cat is a little bitey and my housemate says he bites her sometimes but he never bites me because i yelp every time he does, and fuck off when he tells me to fuck off

(he's feisty and is definitely saying "fuck off" in cat)

@caceface oh also @dankwraith make sure the cat gets adequate playtime too! if they get over threshold easily, they might be a bit wound up. make sure you get some laser pointer/feather toy/really any kind of tracking/chase activity in every day, and that they have toys and things to do on their own (so they dont scratch up your furniture or knock shit off the desk or w/e lol)

@anna @caceface for sure, shes still getting used to my house and hasnt been up for playtime but i'll keep trying

@dankwraith @caceface yeah, they def gotta be in the mood, though if they arent up for chasing but are tracking, even that is good exercise

@anna good to know, i've never had a cat that did this before so i am learning

@dankwraith yeah they are smart critters and can learn and be taught, but it's not as straightforward to humans as dogs are as they aren't subservient (humans mirite :rolleyes: ) and requires more two way communication and mutual understanding

@anna @dankwraith My grandma's cat was a miserable thing. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was pet her! But she wanted nothing to do with me. So my dad taught me the signs (tail twitching, ears flicking, growling). Ever since, I've been super attentive to animal body language, and it's true! There are always warning signs.

@dankwraith that's a good cat right there (also they are all good)

@dankwraith omg I can’t wait until you start seeing her play 😭

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