Cats and Hands
Figured I would post in a new thread so as not to derail another.
So I always here "Playing with your cat using your hand as a toy is bad." This confuses me a bit.
The reason so, is I have 2 cats, both which I use my hand to rough house with them, do "the claw" with hovering infront of their face and letting them pounce and tackle it.
I have never seen any negative side effects from this. Tink who is 4yrs old now, and even Chleo who is only 4 months, both were brought up the same way and both have a healthy respect as far as rough play.
I don't ever have either of them wanting to attack my hand when its normal petting, and usually needs me to instigate a "rough house" with them before they start to play in this manner. Nor do they ever do this with company, and its even to the point where my wife doesnt like this kind of play (hurts her hands too much) and they will not do it with her at all... ever.
Also, the odd time where they try to initiate this kind of play, with a very simple sound/movement gesture they stop and do not continue to try to initiate it again.
I guess my question is, what is the negative issues that comes from this? If it happened I just got lucky I could understand, however, 2 kitties in a row I have been able to cultivate through communcation with my cats in order to have these results...*shrugs*