Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Cats On Tuesday: Flyweight Bully

Yow YowI was feeding the stray cats who live in the storm drain yesterday when I realised that Yow Yow, The Cat Formerly Known For His Dirty Face was being bullied unmercifully. The aggressors are the latest additions to the crowd, a bunch of kittens who stand less than 5 inches at the shoulder.

The kittens shoved Yow Yow out of the way, blocking him from getting a bite out of the bowl. When he did push through and get a bit, they were trying to steal it from his mouth.

Letting nature take it's course, I left them to it. Kittens need to learn to fight for survival and it won't be long before they grow out of the kitten status that is so far making them immune to reprisals.Yow Yow

But when the kittens wandered off with round, fat tummies, Yow Yow and I had a secret tryst. I fed him a few pieces of chicken liver and he looked rather pleased.

Yow Yow is a fiercesome cat in the neighbourhood, but when push comes to shove, those flyweight kitten bullies really lord it over him.

Top: Yow Yow being pushed out of the way by a kitten whose older half sister is standing by waiting to push in too.
Side: As the kitten approaches, Yow Yow is forced to eat quickly from the edge of the bowl.

8 comments:

Gattina said...

It's amazing how adult cats behave with kitten. I see it with Pookie, instead of fighting for her place or just push her away, she goes away and sits down looking at me for help. Sometimes I do, but I don't like to interfer in cat business. I pick her up and put her on the bed again. Little Rosie tries to rule the world here !

Dragonheart said...

It is very nice ot you to feed the stray cats! Even nicer for you to give Yow Yow some extra pieces of chicken when the kittens left.

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TorAa said...

It seems like adult cats do know they have more food around - and that's also a way to train the kitten.

Great post

Kuanyin said...

So true how kittens can bully another older one...I've seen it too!

katztales said...

I think kitten privileges run for about 3 months. After that the older cats start using a hefty paw to clout the ruder ones out of the way.

Kitikata-san said...

Yow Yow loves you for your kindness. He is also a "push-over" letting the kittens go first.

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

Poor Yow-Yow. He is so sweet to give in to the kittens. Just curious, is he spayed? That is because I have hardly come across male cats that are being so 'nice'.