Heyy Catfans! Today I wanted to show you some footage I managed to catch of a subtle interaction between Teego and Chatzi Chatzi joined Teego on the table, but Teego feels pressured and walks off with his now famous slow motion walk. But there’s more to these interactions than meets the eye with a first glance. First, Teego’s tail flicks that’s classic behavior for tension. But look at their postures, Chatzi is face on, he’s the aggressor, coiled and ready to attack. Teego is side on, ready to stand up and make himself look as big as possible. It’s also.
Half way to turning around, and protecting his face, with its delicate eyes, nose and ears You’ll see the same in this next clip. Chatzi is bored, and just wants to play, but the same posture is there for both cats. Teego doesn’t walk away this time, so Chatzi pushes it a bit further. A tomcat will bite the neck of a mate to assert dominance, so Chatzi couldn’t really be more insulting! And of course it gets the desired reaction from Teego! One of us moves and it distracts the two Another clue that it’s only boisterous play going on here.
But Teego takes it as an opportunity to sidle backwards and get away from Chatzi. Chatzi’s still interested in case someone’s going to the kitchen or something food related! Another day, and another almost identical interaction. Teego starts to walk away and Chatzi goes for the neck again. Teego makes a move that any Judo champion would be proud of. He gets clear, and finds some high ground always an advantage. Chatzi can’t do anything from down there! He walks away and lets out a meow of frustration. Another time, Teego’s got a new idea. If he’s under the coffee Table, Chatzi won’t.
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Be able to jump on his back, so he feels safe. He’s actually got a prime launch position for a return attack, but he quickly returns to his haven afterwards! Actually when he moves suddenly to have a lick, it startles Chatzi expecting another attack! Notice the roles have reversed Chatzi is submissively sideways and Teego is now in position to attack. Chatzi does a bit of a nervous walk away! Can you see his slightly spiky ridge on his back Cats do that to again, make themselves look bigger.
Just to prove that it’s not all stress and dominance games in our household, the boys stop playing to have some mutual licking and snuzzling. It’s all very loving and calm, but don’t forget, Chatzi IS a bouncing Bengal, so you can never turn your back fully with him Teego moves to walk away, and just spots some suspicious body language from Chatzi. He sidesteps a nip, and looks back to say did you just do that He continues to a safe place under the table, but Chatzi still wants to play.