I have a rule about cat jokes. I won't use any that I've seen done elsewhere unless I have something new to bring to the table. This one kind of breaks that rule, but looking like he wants to be pet and then mauling you is such a major part of my favorite ornery gray tabby's personality that I had to do this strip anyway. To make up for the lack of originality, I paid extra attention to making the images fun. I think this is an experience practically everyone who's ever interacted with a contrary cat has had. Personally, I've never learned to stop falling for this trap, no matter how many times the cat chews up my hand.