Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here. I have figured it out! I now know how defuse tense situations with our new, sassy sister Mama Cat! You see, yesterday I was sitting on the living room floor taking care of some personal hygiene needs. I didn’t know it at the time, but Mama Cat was sitting just six feet away behind the curtain on the cat tree in the window.
Suddenly, Mama Cat popped out from behind the curtain and jumped down. I don’t think she saw me before she jumped, but as soon as she landed we were face to face. That’s when the hissy fit began.
Now, when Brother Henry ends up in these situations, he totally focuses on Mama. This seems to elevate the situation from tense to outright hostile, and she sometimes brings out her claws. I decided that I would do the opposite. I sat still and averted my eyes, totally ignoring the fit Mama was throwing.
Mama Cat didn’t know what to do with my reaction. She looked at me for a second longer, and then averted her own eyes. She looked both puzzled and annoyed, but she stopped hissing.
Next, Mama Cat simply left. She jumped up on the cat tree with drawers by the window and wandered over to Super Outpost Tabby Tower for a nap. When she was a safe distance away, I turned to watch her go, amazed that my plan had worked.
So apparently, all I have to do when things get tense is look away and do nothing. Now if only I can somehow teach Brother Henry to do the same. Unfortunately, I think that is easier said than done.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver