A funny thing happened, on the way to writing this post. I decided I had to have an elderly gentleman named Gus. I contacted Gus’s guardian and asked if Gus could be spared. The answer came back “no.” Humbug.
It was something about Gus’s face that did me in. Have a look.
At the time I didn’t know why I should feel so moved at Gus’s little cat face – I just did. Now I have the explanation.
Gus has a hard time communicating with his brother Julius and sister Calpurnia. The guardian – on whose insights into all things feline I have come to rely – explains that it’s because Gus has a kink in his tail. This makes it difficult or painful for Gus to carry his tail vertically, in order to express the proper “happy-handshake”-type message.
The guardian explains that the other cats misinterpret, and seem to be under the mistaken impression that Gus is – threatening!
With a face like that?
Still. That’s cats.
Enjoy this post, over at Gus’s.
I can totally relate. As I said in my pee-mail over at Gus’s: I have a kink in my tail too. No wonder I look suspicious to everybody.
No wonder I’m misunderstood.
Pee Ess: Want to find out why we love Jackson Galaxy so much over here? Check this out. I believe Jackson pretty much agrees with the above schematic, on tail-posture — but here’s what makes the difference, to us, about lovely sweet cool Jackson:
“The bottom line here is to know the rules; then you can break them as you develop a deep individual bond with your pet . . . . A cat is born a cat, of course, but to a degree these communication skills must be honed, just like hunting. So, in short, this primer is just that; a way for you to begin looking at your cat a bit more deeply, while leaving other aspects of his or her world open to interpretation.”