I was playing with my cat with one of those fishing rod toys, and I managed to get the string wrapped round my left calf. The cat pounced and sank her fangs into the toy, through the toy, through the leg of my trousers, and into my leg.
She must have realised as soon as her fangs touched my skin that this was not going according to plan, and reversed course in a fraction of a second. She let go and sprang off as I yelped in shock and pain. She gave me a wide eyed look that I could only interpret as “I’ve screwed up” and then turned tail and ran out of the room.
A few minutes later, after I’d cleaned and dressed the (very shallow) graze on my leg, she sidled back into the room looking anxious. I blinked at her slowly and offered her my hand to sniff, and she blinked back and nuzzled my hand enthusiastically whilst purring.
I think that conversation went something like:
Her: “I didn’t mean to do that. Are you very cross with me?”
Me: “We all make mistakes, no hard feelings.”
Her: “Wonderful. I’m so glad we’re still friends.”
Many animals are capable of showing affection, loyalty, love and even grief.
Sometimes with a cuddle
Sometimes with a friendly ear.
Sometimes just by keeping your feet warm.
And cats do know when they did you wrong. A kitty often wants to please his or her friend as much as the friend wants to please the kitty.