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A character is supposed to be imitating or acting like a cat, so they start batting at a moving object with their fingers curled inwards to imitate the rounded look of a cat paw. Bonus points if they start licking this faux paw. This move is often favored by {{Catgirl}}s.

This move also doesn't actually make any sense if the person in question is supposed to be acting on actual cat instinct: when a real cat grabs at something, its digits will be splayed out as far as possible to maximize their grab capacity. Under other circumstances it does serve two purposes: it more closely mimics the shape of a cat's paw than a fingers-extended position does, and it reinforces that the person is imitating a cat, not merely swatting at a mosquito.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Ichigo bats and licks when she first becomes a Mew.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma does this when his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ailurophobia]] drives him into thinking he's a cat. Justified in that he's not actually supposed to ''be'' a cat or part-cat; he's just acting how he perceives a cat would.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Blair in her human form. Strange, since she as a cat would stretch her arms out.
* Botan from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' does this when behaving "catty".
* Matsuri and Miu, in episode 51 of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', each don kitty ears (''not'' the kitty hat from episodes 8 & 43). Matsuri mimics does the Faux Paw maneuver (just batting, no licking), to Nobue's delight. Miu behaves more like a cat that's lashing out. Nobue doesn't think so highly of this.
* Himari, the title catgirl of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'', is quite prone to this, as seen [[http://www.mangareader.net/380-25834-35/omamori-himari/chapter-1.html here.]]
* In ''Manga/KOn'', Azusa does this while donning cat ears, resulting in the other girls [[CutenessProximity swooning over her]] (and giving her the nickname "Azu-nyan").
* Hazuki in ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'', especially in the opening. You can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNWr_Jlx6p0 here.]]
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'': Meow is using the "Iron Cat Fist."

* Used in Creator/JimGaffigan's stand-up routine. "Just cause I make a hot catwoman... meow..."
* According to behind-the-scenes commentary, this is how Creator/WillFerrell auditioned for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. He did a deadly serious impersonation of a cat playing with various objects and grooming himself.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} as Schrodinger's Catgirl (in an ImagineSpot).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Luna does this when she's in human form.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'': An episode features a werecat who performs the Faux Paw maneuver.
* [[TheHero Shoutaro]] of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' claims to be able to work out where a missing cat is the same way he finds missing people: by getting into the cat's mindset. He does so by performing a FauxPaw [[CloudCuckooLander and meowing]]. Not only does this work, but [[spoiler: the woman he was hired by had ulterior motives, and ''never actually had a cat in the first place'']].

* Used by performers in Andrew Lloyd Weber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Project Diva Extend]]'': Hatsune Miku in the [[CatGirl Nekomimi Switch]] PV.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Done by Ellen to Nanase's ponytail in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' several times starting [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-18 here.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The character of Charles "Upchuck" Ruttenheimer in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', KavorkaMan and would-be romeo, tends to do this a lot when appreciating a feisty lady, usually with a noise sounding like "Rrrrowlll!"