but that's the thing tho..i wouldn't pick him up if he didn't like it. he ASKS to be picked up half the time-especially if i come home after being away all day. i'll walk in the door and he'll get up on his hind legs, with his front paws resting on my knees, and look up at me. i reach down and grab him under the arms and pick him up like you would a toddler, and he settles right into my arms and purrs and headbutts me. he's very loving when he's in my arms...it's not like i'm bugging him and he wants to be left alone. i never ever hold him against his will. but no matter how loving or content he is when he's in my arms, when i set him down, sometimes he bats at my legs and bites. not hard tho-not like the agression i posted about a couple months ago. its sorta like playing, but maybe a tiny bit rougher than that.
he's always been a cat that loves physical contact. the night i found him on the street, all starving and skinny, i petted him and he seemed ok with it, so i gingerly picked him up, half expecting him to freak, but he didn't, he just settled into my arms. i had no way to get him home besides just holding him on my lap while my bf drove, and so i got in the car with him in my arms, knowing some cats hate the car..was really worried, but he just hung out in my arms
and when we got home, after i'd checked him over, set down tuna and a bowl of water and some newspapers for him to pee/poo on, he ate, drank, and then came up to me, curled up in my lap, and went to sleep
it was then that i knew i wasn't bringing him to any shelter, which had been my original intention.
so yeah...i guess what i'm saying is he's not one of those loner cats that doesnt want affection or to be held-he seeks it out. he always asks to get up on my lap when i'm on the computer, too. its just that if i pick him up and then set him down, he goes after my legs. i understand that he might be overstimulated, but then why doesn't he show it when he's in my arms? he NEVER tries to bite or scratch me when i'm holding him.
appreciate your input, btw
i just don't think its that i shouldnt pick him up, cos he wants
to be picked up, he actively asks for it often...