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    Fondle a cat or stroke a cat

    Hi there,

    which expression would you use? Do you say: I like stroking my cat. Or I like fondleing my cat. Can you use the expression to stroke with a pet as well, or does it only apply to humans?


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    Re: Fondle a cat or stroke a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick87 View Post
    Hi there,

    which expression would you use? Do you say: I like stroking my cat. Or I like fondleing my cat. Can you use the expression to stroke with a pet as well, or does it only apply to humans?


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    We use "to stroke" for pets. "Fondle" has a somewhat more intimate, even sexual, connotation.

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    Re: Fondle a cat or stroke a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We use "to stroke" for pets. "Fondle" has a somewhat more intimate, even sexual, connotation.
    In AmE, "to pet" is most frequently heard.

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    Re: Fondle a cat or stroke a cat

    Thanks. I didn't know that "to pet" can be used for animals as well. Do you say: "I like petting my cat." ? I always thought that this would have a sexual connotation.

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    Re: Fondle a cat or stroke a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick87 View Post
    Thanks. I didn't know that "to pet" can be used for animals as well. Do you say: "I like petting my cat." ? I always thought that this would have a sexual connotation.
    "Petting" and "heavy petting" are like "making out" or, in BrE, "snogging"! It's kissing and playing around but doesn't go as far as actual sex.

    But petting your cat is just stroking and generally doing what you do to a cat!

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