Friday, March 30, 2007

The Spar and Spit

"Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it's the sickening grammar they use." ~ Mark Twain

It's catnip playtime! Look! Here's the big jar of catnip chunks and my goodness, there are cat toys inside. They have been marinating for several days. Miss Clover checks it out, Miss Chloe feigns disinterest and Lady Willow looks on from the side.

Clover digs out the brown fuzzy mouse and begins her play.... ohhhh! The smell of catnip is heavenly, just heavenly. Willow waits for her turn.

When Clover comes up for a little air, Willow moves in for a sniff and to check out this curly haired mouse. Perhaps it will make a nice addition to the food bowl. Clover gets tense; she is not amused at all.

Suddenly the fight erupts with snarling and growling and Clover with her ears back throws the first punch, a right jab. Willow counters with a right cross and the melee is on, paw to paw combat. The sounds that emanate from Clover's mouth are loud and threatening, but Willow makes very little noise. She is all action as she gets in a flurry of punches.

Willow is all business as she has her right paw poised to strike again, but Clover takes the fight to another level! Just look at those bared fangs! Hissing and yowling and growling but always in a position to cut and run. Miss Clover appears very serious about this, yet Willow seems calm.

Could it be that Willow knows she weighs twice as much as Clover and that the fur around her neck is thicker than Clover's teeth can grab? Willow's claws are pin prick sharp, yet she keeps them retracted as she spars. She has learned that these momentary outbursts of Clover's are mostly for show and it really isn't in her nature to be disturbed by much of anything.

After her last histrionics, Clover moves away and both are soon napping; in separate corners, of course.

Now that Willow and Clover have finished their fist fight, they can visit the other cats on Friday's Ark, hosted by the Modulator. Then on Sunday, perhaps they will play nice at the Carnival of the Cats, hosted this week by IMAO. See you there. (end of post)

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