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11:27 Feb 25, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Was soll das? Entweder ich hau ab - oder Du faengst eine ein.
I'm translating an article about cats. I don't understand some phrases about it. First it says, when cats cry Ch..Ch..Kr.. means " Was soll das? Entweder ich hau ab - oder Du faengst eine ein." Second, when cats "treteln" (not "treten") means it is happy. What do these two terms mean? Thanks for your help.
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naWhat's up? [Leave me alone!] Either I take off or you get slapped [scratched]Ulrike Lieder
naWhat's that for? Either I'll do a bunk - or I'll give you a smack.Uschi (Ursula) Walke


  

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What's that for? Either I'll do a bunk - or I'll give you a smack.


Explanation:
treteln is treading on the spot. Well, not exactly, because they sit and tread with their front paws only. I call it kneading.
They do that to a favourite cushion or garment, before they lie down on it to have a cat-nap.
Have fun.


    my cats
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 04:40
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492
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What's up? [Leave me alone!] Either I take off or you get slapped [scratched]


Explanation:
abhauen - to take off, leave (colloquial)
eine einfangen - to get slapped
(again, colloquial usage)
Implied with the "eine" is Ohrfeige (slap in the face)

If I understand your context correctly, it's the cat who "speaks", and "was soll das..." is the translation, as it were, of what the cat wishes to express. In that case, I would not use "you get slapped", but rather "you get scratched". (Which, BTW, is often indicated by the cat's ears going back and their eyes narrowing.)

Treteln - the "technical" German term is Milchtritt, and the English term is kneading. Kittens knead at the queen's tits to get the milk flowing, and a happy cat will knead on its person's lap to express its contentment.
HTH!


    a happy cat kneading on my lap right now...
Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 10:40
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
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