Hmm. I have a sharp clawed 8 lb cat (I don't trim her because she is indoor/outdoor) that does me that way, but I get scratches
. I would try a pillow that covers your lap or wherever else he paws-if he wants petted and loved on, that's what he'll have to put up with to get it.
My Butterbean was born in a barn, but was also born with a spoiled princess attitude, and doesn't take well to being told what to do, but if she gets in my lap and wants loved on, she's gotta have a blanket under those paws. Sometimes she says "Forget it" and leaves (usually she is just wanting me to get up and escort her to the food bowl -when she was a kitten, we were in a small trailer and the only place to put the cat food where the dog couldn't get it was on the clothes dryer. She would wait for someone to walk by and put her up because she was too little to jump up (6 months). Now she still wants an escort to the food bowl! Spoiled Rotten cat
-most of the time she has to give up on that, too). But eventually, she's gotta have her pet and snuggle time.
Like Butterbean and the food bowl (maybe that's a bad example
), he's just going to have to be conditioned, and consistantly for you to come away from his "loving" unscathed. Cats can learn too!
but it is hard when YOU'RE missing out to teach them!
Maybe someone else has some ideas, too?