Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Other Side

Recently I put up a post of the very beautiful Jazz lounging at his ease on top of the fridge.  It is true that he is beautiful.  He needs to be.

I am decidedly below him in the household hierarchy.  The skinny portion is top of the food chain, with Jazz just beneath him.  Every so often Jazz will attempt a challenge - but it is usually half hearted.

Jewel and I are a long way below the exalted males.  I am marginally above Jewel, but I think this is because I have opposable thumbs and can open the child cat proof lock on the fridge.

This photo is blurred.  This photo is not a good photo.  However, this photo shows quite clearly that there are far too many teeth in that sweet little cat's mouth.  And that he really, really wanted to sink them into something.  (Clicking on the photo will enlarge it - and may give you nightmares.)


And shortly after I took this photo he launched himself off the fridge and tried to sink those teeth into Jewel.  She ran away shrieking so he sank them into me instead.  Isn't it a good thing (for him) that he is undeniably beautiful and, when he wants to be, charming.

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  1. I have nothing to say. (Because they [G and S]are both looking over my shoulder and I swear they can read!

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    1. dinahmow: Sometime when they are sleeping you will have to sneak out and comment.

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  2. Launching from a height such as the fridge would make life pretty unpleasant! Milly the dog's back legs are so arthritic she can barely jump up to my knees!

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    1. Kath Lockett: Meanness will find a way. Jazz has been known to be lying on the floor and to bite me as I walked past.

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  3. hahahaha a seriously gorgeous cat meme elephant - some very scary eye action happening there.

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    1. Mad Cat Lady: If he is really serious he starts to 'sing' before the attack is launched. Other times he just bites for the fun of it - often purring loudly the while.

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  4. My cat Cleo used to sneak up behind me, wrap herself around my ankle and sink her teeth in, drawing blood. I took to wearing thick socks in the house as a defense. But when I got her a kitten companion, she stopped doing that for some reason. Cats are a mystery. :)

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    1. Lynn: It sounds as if Cleo had some Jazz like tendencies - except that his teeth goes through trousers, never mind socks. Jewel was in the house before him, but it just one more target...

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  5. Cats--the masters of the household. Beautiful cat indeed, and obviously on the first of his 9 lives. Mine's a buff-colored tabby who sleeps on my closed laptop and the steroe tuner. Anywhere he can get his behind warmed. Peace...

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    1. Linda: A warm behind is a must. The set-top box, the fridge, the bed...

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  6. Great post. Yes, I'm sure the opposing thumbs have something to do with it!

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    1. Dave King: Yet another reason to be grateful for them.

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  7. Oh my Jazz is quite the cat isn't he, definitely reminds me of my cat Poncho, when he was little he would hide behind the couch when I had my girlfriends over for a sewing circle, he would run out and bite one or another on the ankle and run back behind the couch.

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    1. Linda Starr: Shh. Don't tell Jazz. I think he would like that trick...

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  8. Oh no, those teeth!! What a great action shot!! LOL re the cat safety lock.

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    1. runningfromhellwithel: Jazz uses his paws to reef open the fridge. Jewel watched and learned. She is not as strong as he is so she weasels her nose into the door seal until it pops open. Hence the cat lock on the fridge. I love that they teach each other things. It is sad that the things they teach I would prefer neither of them knew.

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  9. Thank goodness for opposable thumbs, eh? They often serve us so well. :-) I LOL'ed at this post, but not at Jazz's photo (I wouldn't dare!) Goodness but he looks vicious! Like a handsome movie villain. Your fridge decor, on the other hand, looks delightful and colorful and interesting! I think you should post a photo of your refrigerator so we can admire all the goodies festooning it. :-)

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    1. Laloofah: Jazz is frequently charming. He is always charming to the skinny portion and spends a lot of time nestled into his lap purring loudly. Jewel and I are the recipients of the psycho cat from hell looks (and deeds). Thank you for the suggestion. A fridge post will happen at some stage.

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  10. Has he been snipped? Maybe that would be the comeuppance he needs!

    It's like kids, though, isn't it? They come out of the box cute as can be so we don't kill 'em.

    :0

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    1. Cathy Oliffe-Webster. Yes he has been snipped. To my sorrow I am childless, but if I had had children and they had been as mean as Jazz the temptation would be strong...

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  11. Ooooh, I didn't dare enlarge that picture because of the nightmare possibilities. But he does look dangerous. Good thing he's magnificent to make up for it. Ouch! :-)

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    1. DJan: It is a very good thing indeed that he is beautiful. And dangerous.

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  12. It's funny how cats always want to be on the top of the fridge

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    1. Adam: On top of anything really. If all else fails they will sit on newspaper. Its a superiority thing I think.

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  13. Nice shot of Jazzes wild-side.

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  14. When we had cats one of the first things I taught them was that in my house they weren't allowed any higher than the window ledges. We only had one who was a little on the vicious side. You had to watch for the signs. Jazz is a real beauty.

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores. Most of our windows are floor to ceiling. And believe me I have tried to discourage the fridge caper - and a few others. However, the skinny portion rewards him for his bad behaviour. He lifts him down it is true - but pats him and speaks lovely words as he does so. I am fighting a losing battle.

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  15. Naughty kitty. :-)

    I'm pretty sure that the cats I have just put up with me. I get the feeling that as long as I continue to wield the can opener, they'll allow me a roof over my head!

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl: The power of opposably thumbs. I had not thought of it as a weapon of defence ensuring a roof over my head before. You are right though.

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  16. It is not easy being on the lowest rung of the food chain. It seems like Jazz has made her place known.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Sadly his place is above mine. And I have lost all the challenges I have made for a higher position.

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  17. that cat's eyes!
    look!!!!!!!!!!! mean or what?

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    1. John Gray: He is very mean indeed - when he is not being a completely loving charmer.

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  18. I think, today, I don't mind that I'm allergic to cats. My dogs probably don't mind that either.

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    1. One Minnesota Writer: Of the ten most common allergens here I am not allergic to cat or dog hair. Which sometimes is a plus, and other times...

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  19. Something must have rattled his cage big time.

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    1. Windsmoke: It was me. I had the audacity to walk into the kitchen. Shame on me.

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  20. Woke up on the wrong side of the bed ;)

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    1. DeniseinVA: And that would be my side. He is a bed hog as well. Just on my side.

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  21. I clicked and am now terror stricken, though laughing anyway. I understand his situation....One cannot allow the underlings to get too big for their britches---that way lies chaos!

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    1. Molly: Less sympathy for the little dictator please. He rules the house with an iron paw. Well he rules Jewel and me with an iron paw.

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  22. I'm at the base end of the pecking order in this household, too.

    Remy and Shama share equal footing. They use me as their launching and landing pad...the leap up to the window sill above my bed...a king-size...and they MUST leap of me and then back on to me again. They are going to wind me one of these nights...or break a couple of ribs! They think it's fun...a bit of a lark! I can tell that they do, because I notice the smirk on their faces each time they do it! I keep threatening them...and say to them, "One of these nights, I'm going to leap onto you...and see how you like it!"

    They just laugh!

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    1. Lee: Cats do indeed laugh and smirk. They also sneer really well.

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  23. Yeow! He is a clone of Vasil P. McNut, but Vasil (so far) only uses his teeth for eating ;)

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    1. Riot Kitty: I hope that Vasil P McNut never feels the need to emulate Jazz. Good luck in establishing a better chain of command than I manage.

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  24. We took in a stray about nine months ago who would bite or scratch us as soon as she would look at us. With time she has gotten much more civilized, but I am still quite wary of her. I did some reading on it and as far as I can tell, she has "displaced agression" meaning if she is not pleased she bites us :) I wish Jazz would mellow for you; I don't like to think of a cat who both runs the household AND abuses the help ...

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    1. jenny_o: It seems we have done some of the same reading. Jazz does seem to suffer from displaced agression, but it is very carefully targeted. As an example, he likes to do limp falls on the floor and present his belly for rubs. If I take him up on his offer, at least half the time he purrs loudly and utilises teeth and claws. If I remove my arm and the skinny portion approaches, the purring continues but their is no violence. If we swap again, the bloodshed resumes. He will not sit in my lap, but he invariably sleeps on my bit of bed. Psycho cat. I do not know what the solution is at all. When he is good he is very, very good - and when he is bad he is horrid.

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  25. The enlarged pic is indeed quite frightening. Perhaps some film company could use Jazz in one of their horror movies? I would be armed with a squirty bottle ready for whenever he decides to use teeth and claws. Funnily enough our Precious rarely attacks me in any way but she will have a go at MOH at times if he interrupts her ablutions etc. There is never a way of reading what goes on in a cat's mind at any time of the night or day. A cat is a cat is a cat...need I say more?

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    1. Mimsie: Jazz really doesn't care if I use the squirty bottle. He just waits and, as soon as my guard is down, attacks again. And he has been quite wet when he attacks. And yes, you are right, it is part of his 'cattiness', which I don't mean in the sense that he is spiteful.

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  26. Thanks foe stopping by.. have a delightful day.
    I hope you and SP are doing well ~:)

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  27. I didn't realize how much teeth he had until I enlarged it! Wow!!! My sister had a beautiful black cat who would growl and practically "talk" -- no cute meows -- just these whiny sounds. Her eyes would dilate and she would pounce on her victim leaving bite marks on whosever arm because she was declawed. Occasionally, she was able to be petted, but very gingerly.

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    1. Deb: Far too many, big pointy teeth. Jazz also growls - at the postman, at the neighbours, at children... He has taught this skill to Jewel as well. Jazz loves his pats, but he also loves the taste of me. He purrs loudly when patted, he purrs loudly when biting me.

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  28. Peggy often feels the urge to "bite someone," and that someone is always me since she doesn't want to bite the cat or the dog and get a mouthful of fur. Do you think that's normal? Is she related to Jazz, do you think?

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    1. Snowbrush: If she was related to Jazz she would bite you all anyway, and would merely spit the fur onto the floor for someone else to clean up. And the urge to bite seems perfectly normal to me, but then I am never entirely certain where normal is. 'The only normal people are those you don't know very well.

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  29. He does love the refrig, doesn't he?

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    1. Susan Kane: It is such a good vantage spot. He can see any action which might result in food. Brave Sir Jazz is safe from Jewel (less than half his size) there. He doesn't have to interact with visitors - and can quickly run behind the cupboards. So yes, he does love it.

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  30. Dear EC, I used to live with a kitten--Tybalt--who was always hungry. When I sat eating at the kitchen table, he'd leap up and bite the sandwich between my fingers. Because you've been bitten by a cat, you know that when Tybalt bite down on the thumb holding the food it really hurt!
    And yet. And yet. As you say, they are beautiful and charming . . . and mysterious. And every cat with whom I've lived has entered the chambers of my heart and mind and I've cherished them. Peace.

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    1. Dee: I wish that he didn't bite and claw me. I wish that I didn't have to wash the blood out of my clothing far too often. He has still wound his paws deep into my heart strings - along with many, many cats, past and present.

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  31. All those teeth in a threatening manner? One of many reasons I don't trust cats. That and my fatal allergy to them.

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    1. Jphn Wiswell: As I think I said earlier, cat and dog hair are the ONLY things from our list of ten common allergens that I am not allergic to. And no, I don't trust Jazz, but he is fascinating and beautiful just the same. 'Of course' the cat lovers will say, 'sucked in' or 'poor deluded fool' other people will say.

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  32. Hm, charming is as charming does. Perhaps he is one of those males who have too high an opinion of themselves? Need to be taken down a peg or two?

    I have to admit, he is very handsome!

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    1. "Perhaps he is one of those males who have too high an opinion of themselves?"

      Whatever do you mean Friko? The Great and Noble Don QuiScottie is puzzled by your remark :)

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    2. Friko: Handsmome is, as handsome does.

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    3. Don QuiScottie: Liar, liar, pants on fire. You knew exactly what she meant.

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  33. Hi EC,

    That photo is exactly like Liqourice. She is a menace. She cuddles up next to me on the sofa and, with no warning whatsoever, sinks her fangs and claws into my delicate skin.

    Why did I agree to take her in?

    Because when she is cute, she really is cute!!

    :0)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: I did think of Liquorice when I put up this post. And it was my understanding that Mrs PM had something to do with you agreeing to take her on. Licquorice that is, NOT Mrs PM.

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  34. Wow! Maybe I don't love him any more. Scary

    And it IS a good photo - the blurring conveys the animation and drama.

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    1. Don QuiScottie: You probably would be safe in still loving him. He only inflicts pain and draws blood from me.
      And I do understand what you mean about the blurring give action to the shot. Thank you.

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  35. sadly, the beautiful do get away with more, don't they? i'm impressed he can get on top of the fridge. that's generally where i hide things from my cat, so i may need to rethink this one...

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    1. daisyfae: They do don't they. Sigh. He usually doesn't get to the top of the fridge in one leap. He runs up my back - as I said, or he jumps onto the cooktop and from there to the fridge. He can do it in one fell leap, but the fridge magnets suffer.

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  36. SCARY CAT FANGS!!!!! What a rascal... I think I would probably whack him if he bit me... sheesh!!

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    1. Nicky HW: The one and only time I hit him (not hard) he ran and hid under some furniture. It did stop him attacking me for some weeks - but I felt guilty. Very guilty.

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  37. Quite a sharp smile, he has on him...;-)

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: A sharp and pointed smile.

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  38. It gave me nightmares. Just joking. What a beautiful cat you have. No wonder he sits at the top of the hierarchical tree! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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