Tommy is super cute, affectionate, loves cuddles and naps... however this last week we have witnessed Tommy at his worst. Sean and I are dog people and have never had to deal with kitty tantrums before so let's be fair, we're not very experienced!
I didn't think cats were particularly greedy, I was apparently misinformed! As soon as Tommy is let into the flat he walks into the kitchen and awaits his food, half a packet of whiskers and some biscuits is all he seems to want, then he usually goes for a nap and some petting. This week he has been demanding more food in the fork of biting... I'm not one that accepts bad behaviour from pets. So he is normally put in the naughty corner, I will stipulate that we did give him more food once or twice but he doesn't want his normal food, he wants treats. Treats do not reward bad behaviour.
Last week I bought him a couple of toys including a laser to see if he would play. Again, I forgot he was a cat and began playing with him like a dog... he would roll over after chasing the laser about and wriggle around. I thought this was an invite for a tummy rub, wrong! He wrapped his paws (and claws) around my wrist, started beating my arm with his back legs and began knawing at my hand. I shook him off and attempted to introduce a toy, nope, my hand was the choice toy. He sat (at my chest level may I add) giving me that look... the "I'm getting ready to pounce at you" look. Like any dog owner I strongly said "no" but this seemed to egg him on and off he pounced. Thankfully I was ready and grabbing his scruff put him outside with another strict "no".
I was hoping this was just bad play-aggression, but today Sean fed him more than normal and still he attacked. Do all cats do this? I don't understand what we're doing wrong to bring out this behaviour or if Tommy himself is just a little shit! I think he was weaned too young and his attachment to food is warped along with his attachment to humans but I'm not playing along with this aggressive behaviour. That's a no-go in our household. Sorry kitty.