I believe I’ve mentioned from time to time that Lefty has come a long way from the original raging, fearful bundle of fangs and claws he presented as when we first abdopted him from the yard. He still has his moments of hoomin-suspicion, but for the most part he’s a cheerful, cuddly creature.
His latest favorite pastime is to wait until I lie down on the bed, and then snuggle into my armpit.
I give him skritches and pettings, he gives me purrs. Works for both of us.
Until my fingers get tired and I stop patting. Then he reminds me that he’s still got those claws.
It’s a slow motion slap, taking a good five seconds or more, so I have plenty of time to resume the active cuddling before he makes contact. And even if he reaches me, he doesn’t dig the claws in, just rests them on my cheek–or tangles them into my beard.