As Mama Cat was sitting in My Outdoor Domain this morning, I was laying in the sun in the doorway. Although Mama loves living in The Promised Land, I know she’s still having some challenges adjusting to cohabiting with four man cats, so I was just trying to be a supportive presence without pushing her or being overbearing. After we passed several minutes in silence, I heard Brother Oliver’s voice from behind Me saying, “Oh, hey Mama Cat… there you are.”, then he strolled past Me and approached Mama in the Outdoor Domain.
As Brother Oliver arrived in front of Mama Cat, he said, “Mama, I just wanted to apologize for the way Brother Henry keeps pestering you about being friends. I know you’ll be our friend when you’re good and ready, so you won’t have to worry about me pestering you or…” Brother Oliver stopped in the middle of his sentence as Mama Cat turned toward him and he saw the expression on her face.
Brother Oliver started to speak again. He was speaking quickly, and there was tension in his voice as he said, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Wait a minute there Mama Cat! I’m not trying to start anything here! I just wanted to explain the situa…” Mama Cat cut him off with an impressively intimidating hiss. Brother Oliver’s tail went straight up.
Seeing that he was getting nowhere fast, Brother Oliver decided to cut his losses and get the heck out of there. As he turned to head back inside, I heard him muttering under his breath. He said, “The shouldn’t call her ‘Mama Cat’. They should call her ‘Sassy Pants’.” He disappeared around the corner, heading off in the direction of the food bowls.
The thought of calling Mama “Sassy Pants” really made Me laugh, so I am officially declaring today “Sassy Pants Sunday”. I’m not telling Mama Cat though. I don’t want to get hissed at.
So Sayeth Otis