Post 1483: International Cat Wrestling…

Charles and André, Deborah’s Bombay kitties

My friend Deborah recently hosted grandchildren at her home, and they came up with an interesting game for  Deborah’s two cats.

I noticed that my grandson C. was pretty good at imitating the voices of sportscasters.  I told him he might have a future as a sportscaster but that by the time he was an adult all sports were liable to be broadcast on the Internet and that on the Internet cats rule!!! 

André Breton (Monsieur Moustache)

So we came up with the idea for Internet Cat Wrestling, governed by the IICWA (International Internet Cat Wrestling Association). 

Charles is a handsome black kitty!

Like all sports, the rules had to be codified, so while I was cooking dinner, C. and I made the rules. 

Some of them can only be read by him apparently, and there had to be exactly ten which got harder as the dinner making reached a crucial stage, but here are the ones I can decipher:

1) both awake
2) both in same room
4) only hand and mouth
7) cat can have a coach
10) sportsmanship at all times

Charles and R. are BFFFF’s (Best Fur Friend and Friend Forever)!

The game is played as a best of 10 rounds each day for a week and involves dangling their favorite cat toy (a multicolored felt wand on a pole) in front of them until one or the other traps it in their mouth or under their paw.

Seeing C. (just finished second grade) write down the rules inspired R. (mid-kindergarten) to write her own set of rules which seems to consist of a lot of “no”s only one of which I can decipher with certainty: “5. No C.” although “no shoes, no cats, no boot, and yes Mom” are strong candidates.

R.’s rules
André won the series, not surprisingly, as he is much more a game player than Charles.  André is quick on his paws and does not mind flying around to chase the wand, while Charles prefers to conserve his energy. 

For half brothers they are very different.  Charles does have the ability to get a grip with his mouth and not let go despite tugs from the referee but there are no points awarded for tenacity.

The Award Ceremony: André vs. Charles

At the end of the week, during our Camp Monster dinner party with their parents and A. and his wife in attendance, C. presented the awards: a fish for André The Vainquer and fish juice to Charles The Sportsmanship Winner (by default — the loser always gets the sportsmanship award).

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120116 andy (left) and dougy

I hope you enjoyed this story from my friend Deborah! Her kitty boys are BFFF (Best Fur Friends Forever) of my kitty boys (Andy on recliner arm, and Dougy on floor), who were glad to have a day free of me nagging them to stand still for photos or “Do something… anything… interesting, dag nab it!” 

 

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13 thoughts on “Post 1483: International Cat Wrestling…

    • Yeah! And I love the kitty drawings and the lists! Grandma definitely found a perfect way to deal with all the energy of young children and cats, and all had a good time!

    • When I read my friend’s email about the visit from her grandkids, I knew it would be something people following this blog would enjoy! I found it thoroughly charming, too!

    • André Breton surely thanks you! I’ll pass your greetings and congratulations on to him. He’s been to France himself, you know, along with the late Serena and his brother Charles.

      As for the kitty boys, they wrestle more than you might know because the pay me to put a happy face on their doings. (No one believes they have naughty moments, but they are true siblings: some days they squabble! It usually is short-lived, and ends with a chase through the place till they are tired out and take naps. Yep!)

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