Post 677: top cat

Periodic adjustments in the cat social order in this household are necessary when the reigning top cat’s britches get a little too tight for him.

Such was the case yesterday when Andy, the smaller of the two brothers, straightened out his brother’s tail and took over top cat status. 

Not to worry, though! Dougy survived the humiliation by stopping by to get me to give him a pity party. After a little TLC and a few “poor kitties”, he was back to normal, if a little more humble when around Andy. 

Dougy (left side) sees Andy has a cattitude on...

Dougy (left side) sees Andy has a cattitude on…

Maybe he better move on...! Andy follows!

Maybe he better move on…! Andy follows!

Dougy doesn't like where this is headed....

Dougy doesn’t like where this is headed….

"Peace, brother! Peace!"

“Peace, brother! Peace!”

Andy has a think or two to say to Dougy. (It's all in body Catinese. Uhn oh!)

Andy has a thing or two to say to Dougy. (It’s all in body Catinese. Uhn oh!)

"Maybe I can stare him down," Dougy thinks.

“Maybe I can stare him down,” Dougy thinks.

"He's not flinching...!"

“He’s not flinching…!”

"Escape is necessary! "

“Escape is necessary! “

"Let me through, Andy.'  "Never, you big #&^$%!"

“Let me through, Andy.’
“Never, you big #&^$%!”

"Let's talk this through, bro'..." "Nothing to talk about, unless it's about you going down!"

“Let’s talk this through, bro’…”
“Nothing to talk about, unless it’s about you going down!”

Dougy makes a move...! What will Andy do?

Dougy makes a move…! What will Andy do?

Give Dougy the stink eye, that's what!

Give Dougy the stink eye, that’s what, and move a little closer!

Dougy feels his tail's in jeopardy now. Andy has that look. The kitty stink eye look!

Dougy feels his tail’s in jeopardy now. Andy has that look! Maybe if he can make it to the box, he will be safe, Dougy thinks! 

Almost there! But Andy's getting more bold! Don't leave your tail unprotected, Dougy!!

Almost there! But Andy’s getting more bold! Don’t leave your tail unprotected, Dougy! Andy closes in!

"Andy's on to my plan. Maybe I should try for under the chair!"

“Andy’s on to my plan. Maybe I should try for under the chair!” Dougy makes a run for it!

Andy prepares to pounce!

Andy prepares to pounce! “I see you! You are as good as finished, Douglas James!”

Andy umps down to take on Dougy from another angle.

Andy jumps down to take on Dougy from another angle. (See the tip of his toes under the jacket? No!? Andy does!

"Come out here and fight like a big kitty, you dog!"

“Come out here and fight like a big kitty, you dog!” (Hey, hey, hey, Andy! Keep it clean!) Dougy’s cowed.

"I'll wait till you come out. I know where you live!" Andy is bolder and bolder now!

“I’ll wait till you come out. I know where you live!” Andy is bolder and bolder now!

"Don't be stupid, brother! Come out!"

“Don’t be stupid, brother! Come out!” (Dougy wisely choses not to fall for that line…again!)

With a swish of his tail, Andy leaves. He's made his point and Dougy will have to live with the new status quo!

With a swish of his tail, Andy leaves. He’s made his point and Dougy will have to live with the new status quo!

"It's a cruel world," Dougy thinks, and he cowewrs under the chair until Andy's left the room.

“It’s a cruel world,” Dougy thinks, and he cowers under the chair until Andy’s left the room.

Yes, Andy assumed top cat status in the household yesterday, and Dougy had his feelings hurt. As noted, though — and as you saw in the last post — he felt much better after Doug (the human one) gave him a pity party and a few reassurances of “It’s OK. There, there, poor Dougy!” 

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(Sorry for the uneven photo quality. This all happened faster than my little camera could adjust focus or decide whether it wanted flash or not. Oh, and there was an amateur photographer using it!) 

😐 :\ 🙁

Don’t worry, folks! Though Dougy lost face yesterday, he truly needed to have his tail twisted. He’s been really full of himself lately, claiming everything as his. Andy just got tired of it, called Dougy’s bluff, then didn’t blink during the face off.