It kind of struck me yesterday that my cat follows the letter of the law and not the spirit. He rebels in odd ways.

(Of course, he's a cat -- he's not rebelling, he's following instructions and still trying to communicate with me, but it's pretty funny nonetheless)

Examples:

Merlin is not allowed to bite us when he's mad or wants something. (When he was little and he bit us, we would say OW! and tell him no.)

Merlin never bites people now except accidentally during play and when someone is deliberately annoying him and ignores his warnings.

But what he DOES is he'll bite *near* our hands and feet. Snap his teeth shut a centimetre from skin. Sometimes you can feel his fur brushing your skin.

'Not touching you, can't get mad!'

He's also not allowed to hit or scratch us because he's impatient to be fed or whatever. (It's all the same training method of telling him NO firmly and then ignoring him/sending him away.)

So instead Merlin started gently tapping us on the arm. After he's tapped my arm A LOT I tell him to go away.

So he'll reach out with a paw so gentle it trembles and slowly slowly reach it out to hover it over my arm.

This is both hilarious and audacious.

@vicorva@wandering.shop πŸ˜„ that's fun and cute!
Growing up we had a dog and sometimes it would look out the window and bark and we would tell it NO. Sometimes we had to approach while looking angry before it stopped, but it would always want the final "word".
"Bark bark bark!"
"NO!"
"Bwufff..."
It would make a low almost not-bark, just to get the last word XD

@nuhn Oh, I love it when dogs have that attitude and need to make a little complain bark when told off. XD

@vicorva@wandering.shop she was so cute. Aw, I miss her. Bozz Lightyear - though she was female XD. Now my mom only has one of a pups, and he is getting very old.

@nuhn That's such a cute name! It's so sad that pets don't live longer. I am trying not to think about how Merlin is already 9. Joh insists Merlin will be the first cat to live to 30, so I guess they're in denial.

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