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Quick! Hit De-Paws Button! June 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.

When Tigger gets riled up while playing, his pretend attack mode sometimes turns into an actual attack sequence. 

BFF and I become nothing more than prey.

Since we don’t enjoy being “sliced and diced” by sharp claws or punctured by tiny teeth, we found a secret weapon to defuse Tigger before serious casualties ensue.

It’s the Pause button . . . or more precisely, the De-Paws button.

Once activated, Tigger’s claws retract and he purrs in contentment.  We become friends once again.

Want to see our secret weapon?

Here it is:

No rules.  Just write!


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - June 26, 2011

Love it! Tigger sounds like a handful, but also like lots of fun! We had a cat, “Lady,” who was a Maine Coon cross. From the very beginning she would hide on the stairs and wait for someone to come down or up them, then run up and grab your ankles with her claws, and then nip with her teeth wherever she coud find purchase.

We realized that she was probably misnamed by the time we had her for a couple of days. She became known to us by the nickname “Mack the Knife.” We got her when we were first engaged, as an evgagement present to ourselves (she was a “give-away” kitten from another very strange “lady,” which is where we figured our “Lady” got her odd habits.

Thanks for the smile!

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Tigger is a delightful handful!

Bwahaha at Lady, a/k/a Mack the Knife! Tigger does that sometimes . . . trying to nip our ankles during chase sequences. He can be a real “ankle biter.” 😀

2. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - June 26, 2011

Love the commercial. Thanks for da-pun!

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Being punny can be funny. 😀

3. Maggie - June 26, 2011

My cats love those Temptations things, too. Just one and they’re purring on my lap. 🙂

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

The transformation in Tigger is immediate . . . he’ll be stalking us one minute and purring the next.

Temptations have saved my skin on more than one occasion.

4. Richard W Scott - June 26, 2011

Lamont Cranston, my kitty, loves ’em too, but his little stomach doesn’t know what to do with them, and they make him sick.

The sad thing is that one of the volunteer cats (outside ferals) that I feed, love’s so much that he “lines up” on the back porch most nights in hopes that I’ll bring some out for him. He eats them out of my hand. The little guy won’t chew ’em, though.

Cats is crazy people.

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Cats IS crazy people. 😀

One of Tigger’s predecessors couldn’t eat cat food (or treats) as he got older ~ there’s probably too many additives in some of the formulas for their little tummies to stomach.

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - June 26, 2011

Cats are so smart. They’re so much more manipulative than my dogs who would never… oh who am I kidding my dogs would totally do something like this sans the claws.

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Tigger is manipulative!
He knows that we will “reward” him for attacking us. 😀

But dogs can be pretty cagey too ~ hence the expression, “lie like a dog.”


Paula Tohline Calhoun - June 26, 2011

Interesting. . .I went over to COTM to check on what his interpretation of “lie like a dog” is. Here is a copy of the comment I left there:

“It has always been my understanding that “lie like a dog” originally had nothing to do with being untruthful. The “lie” in this case is the same sort of “lie” as in “Let sleeping dogs lie.” It meant almost the same thing as “lie like a rug.” Dogs are great at lying down and just letting everything relax, sometimes on their back with their bellies exposed and their legs completely “open” to the world. “Lying through one’s teeth” does have to do with truth or untruth. It refers to someone with a big “toothy” smile, who seems like such a “good ol’ guy or gal” who would never lie, but is actually lying through his/her teeth – smiling all the way.

I would love to know what the actual origin of the phrase “lie like a dog” really is. I have not found it yet. Have you?

I think a lot of people understand it like you do, but I think that interpretation came from a combination of phrases, and it spread, and became a more “popular” interpretation. But so far I haven’t found anyone who knows for sure.”

Guess it’s just another of life’s mysteries! 😀

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

You’ll love this, PTC ~ a slew of idiomatic expressions involving dogs:


6. Vivian Kirkfield - June 26, 2011

You always uplift, Nancy. 🙂
We had two cats when our children were growing up…Callie was a shelter cat we rescued and she was so very timid, she never wanted to leave our daughter’s room. Butterscotch was a cat that adopted us…quite the opposite of Callie…Butterscotch was bold and extroverted and would chase the dog around the kitchen island.
Just like people, every animal is unique. 🙂

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Thanks, Vivian!

Callie sounds like our Cayenne ~ she didn’t enjoy having visitors. Tigger is just the opposite . . . he loves meeting and greeting new people, and dogs.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - June 26, 2011

If you’ve read my 3-part series on Bob, one of our cats, you will find that he was a great deal like your Butterscotch! He most definitely decided that he was going to live with us, and then that we would be living with him! 😀

7. barb19 - June 26, 2011

Tigger’s antics made me smile – he has you right where he wants you – but don’t most pets? Wouldn’t be without them!

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Tigger has us both wrapped around his “fingers” ~ BFF is even worse than me at treating Tigger royally. 😉

Spoiling kids can cause problems down the road when they enter the “real world.”

Spoiling pets is not as much of an issue ~ since pets don’t need to get acclimated to living with a roommate (and sharing the limelight) at college or in a committed partnership.

8. jannatwrites - June 26, 2011

Thanks for the share on the secret weapon. This could help my out with Cybil. I was even ready to add it to my grocery list until I realized it could make her attack us more. Eeeps!

That crazy cat is eleven years old and her teeth are in great shape – no tartar at all. We told the vet that’s because she chews on our hands regularly. He didn’t get the joke. (Dogs chew on bones to clean their teeth, but Cybil just prefers hers with blood and skin.)

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

It’s like an “off button” for Tigger . . . he calms down and stays calm as soon as he sees or hears the bag.


9. souldipper - June 27, 2011

Duc le Chat loves them, but they give his severe urinary obstruction. Along with his medical bill, his food budget keeps me from from having to make difficult decisions like where to vacation! 😀

nrhatch - June 27, 2011

The vet thinks that Temptations are the problem?

I now that male cats are prone to urinary obstructions . . . but never checked for a link with cat treats. Something else for my To Do list.

10. eof737 - June 27, 2011

I love cats… and ours has been very loving of late. He is intuitive and knows we don’t have the energy for drama… LOL!

nrhatch - June 27, 2011

That’s sweet!

Cats do seem intuitive. Tigger knows when we’re leaving . . . before he hears the jangle of keys. He knows when he’s going to the Vet . . . before the cat carrier appears.

11. Tilly Bud - June 27, 2011

Cats have such character. I love them.

Great ad.

nrhatch - June 27, 2011

Animals offer us so much. 😀

12. Naomi Estment - June 29, 2011

LOL! Jina’s version is called Greenies; she adores them 😀

nrhatch - June 29, 2011

Greenies sounds organic and natural. :mrgreen:

13. Tokeloshe - June 29, 2011


nrhatch - June 29, 2011

You’re the Cat’s Meow, Tok!

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