My Fred, a 13 year old dsh, has begun being VERY insistent about being petted. He gets up in my face and will not get down. He never learned to pull in his claws when kneading, so it is painful for him to jump on me and knead frantically. He worms his way into my lap and I have to wrestle him down. He just will not take "no" for an answer. He gets enough petting and affection for any 3 cats, but sometimes I just can't stand the clawing! I hate to push him away or fuss at him, but I haven't been able to sit down for weeks without him diving on me. He used to nibble gently on my nose or eyebrow to wake me for breakfast, but yesterday him really munched down on my hand. He's my baby, my 1st cat, and I love him. Any suggestion on how I might be able to calm him down? I almost punched him when he woke me by biting hard, and I am afraid I may hurt him. He is physically ok, maybe a little senile. He is pretty old and had a head injury several years ago. I would appreciate any thoughts on this.
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11/11/01 at 6:17pm