This Shelter Cat Was Twice Returned Because Of The Strange Way He Showed Affection

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But being affectionate wasn’t the main problem with Percy; the issue was specifically how he displayed his love. And, as it turned out, both his previous owners hadn’t been able to cope with his enthusiasm. Whoever decided to take the cat on for the long term, then, needed to be both patient and understanding.

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And in case you were wondering where Percy went wrong: it’s because of his love nips. Percy is an energetic and loving cat who enjoys playtime. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he gets overly excited and tends to nibble his playmates.

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But although Percy’s behavior may seem strange, or even aggressive, love nips are actually natural for a cat. Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, a veterinarian at California’s Chico Hospital for Cats told Care.com, for instance, how cats use little bites to communicate. However, presumably Percy’s enthusiasm made his nibbles too much for his adopters to bear.

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