After shutting the last two toes of my left foot in the porch door, earlier this week, I decided the day couldn’t get any worse and attempted one of the periodic titrating exposures that I hope will get my two male cats on the same page before I introduce Torvald directly to Nickel the Bengal, who being a Bengal is insane.
(I am morally certain neither of the toes is broken, though I was unsure about the pinky one, which I am always mangling, on the first day. But it is only purple.)
Fergie, he of the ginger blotches and jauntily curved tail, was dozing in a chair a few feet from the closed door to the upstairs when I released Torvald from his cellar boudoir. Torvald first moseyed, then hurtled up to the dining room, only to find that the slightest sound of his advent had provoked Fergie to claw the door open frantically and shoot upstairs. Bad move, as this left the ever-curious and violently gregarious Torvald a straight shot at the top-floor sanctum. Fergie stood ready to stave him off. I got to the top of the stairs just in time to witness a Warner Brothers collision of gray and ginger forms, emitting snarls, yowls, burst collars complete with tags, and flying bits of fur in all color gradations.
Torvald came to rest under the bed. Fergie hunkered, as he does on these occasions, on the scatter rug a few feet away uttering moans of contumely.
Torvald settled on his side, regarding Fergie insouciantly and rather speculatively. The moans continued.
Finally Torvald seemed to decide that this was a mug’s game and that his best move was to wander from under the bedframe and back downstairs. With admirable, relaxed unconcern, he sauntered toward the top of the staircase, actually resting one paw on the edge of the top step.
Then hurtled, fracasso!!! back three yards in a reverse split second, colliding with the stunned Fergie in a final display of ambush superiority before allowing me to transport him (with great misgivings) down the stairs to let everyone recover.
Stinker. But after six months of hostility from the home team I can hardly blame him.