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Oh what a difference one evening makes - Tactical Ninja

May. 8th, 2013

09:44 am - Oh what a difference one evening makes

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I am fast coming to the conclusion that Derpy the Persian is either really, really thick - like maybe half his brain is missing in some bizarre squashy-faced space-creation exercise - or he's extremely Machiavellian. I haven't worked it out yet.

What I do know is that the tables have turned almost entirely from the previous evening. Also that every time I see the little orange blighter, the first words out of my mouth are "Oh god you're ugly!" and then I feel sorry for him and pat him.


After being bathed by Dr Wheel and the YoT - described as a maelstrom - and then being spoiled rotten all afternoon to make up for the trauma, last night he was willing to emerge from under the bed for pats. I thought this was kind of odd since Frodo was on the bed, yet Derpy seems able to ignore him entirely if necessary.

His MO seems to be coming out and then flopping on the floor in front of you like a dish rag:



He rolls on his back for belly rubs. Unlike most cats, this isn't one of those nasty traps where you start rubbing and then they latch on to your arm with all four legs and chew the shit out of it, either. He actually seems to like it. And then he follows you around and wherever you stop, he flops, and blinks at you going "You have to pat me, look at my face, how could you not feel sorry for me?".

Meanwhile, Frodo sits and snarls at him. And gets told off for being a cranky fucker. And then Derpy gets more pats for being picked on. Then Frodo sulks. And so on.

So last night, Frodo got all shitty because he'd been told off for snarling at Derpy, and took himself off upstairs in a huff, and guess who slept on the bed? Well, at least, jumped on the bed for pats, then slept underneath it. Hmm..

I suspect political machinations tbh. I have no idea who's going to win this one, but either Derpy really likes me or he's playing me for a sucker with his following me around going I WUV U, and I can't work out which one it is. And now Frodo's rubbing his head all over me whenever I go near him, which I suspect is to remove the detested scent of victory. *sigh*

Cats are hard. If they were dogs, they'd be honest about it, and also be willing to share. In fact I think Frodo is being honest about it. The Persian on the other hand, the jury's still out on. I'm gonna just keep being nice to both of them. That'll probably confuse them even more.


Joking aside, Derpy is really ugly. And when Dr Wheel was bathing him, he was having trouble breathing. I have issues with the breeding of animals till they're so deformed they don't function properly, and I think Derpy's an example of where that's gone too far. Poor little bugger. *pats him some more* Oh shit..

Today at lunchtime I'm going to see the postgrad coordinator for Criminology up at Vic. He's apparently an expert in evolutionary psychology as it applies to criminal behaviour. Unfortunately I've been unable to access any of his work. As you know, I take evo psych with a grain of salt, but I'm the first to admit that that's because my experience of it has all been laypeople trying to use it to justify traditional gender roles that are disadvantageous to me personally, and I've never encountered it as an actual academic discipline. I will try not to let this colour my view.

But I did dream about him. In my dream he was a raving hippie with a house so full of plants that you couldn't move in it, and a dodgy way of avoiding actually talking about anything.

Hopefully it'll go better than that, eh?

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From:caycos
Date:May 7th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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One of our cats exhibits similar behavior - Paul calls it the flop and roll. She will also hang out in a doorway waiting for you to walk her to the food bowl so she can eat..

My main observation is that cats make no sense.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 7th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Having spent my life mostly around dogs and horses, I am very confused by cats. Even my previous cats (who were all black female cats called Tui by pure coincidence) were much more background creatures - farm cats - that made much more sense in that context.

Pet house cats are a new thing for me, and .. I don't get it.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 7th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I lived with 6 cats while growing up and fed them.

While I do like cats, I think this experience is why I have very little tolerance for political machinations by people... because how I dealt with cat politics, by e.g. alternately patting them or shutting them out of the room I'm in, is generally not acceptable in interacting with humans.
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From:pombagira
Date:May 7th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Ginger cats... are in my experience very strange cats, remember Biscuit, who used to troop down to several bars in town, and we got phone calls to come and get her at 3am in the morning.. O.O

there was also tigger, my supervisors cat who i looked after, along with their dog,, Molly.. now tigger used to bring home raggs from various places like they were the most awesome thing in the world and make nests just outside the back door. he also had very distinct rules about when you could pet him and when not, and it took him about 5 seconds to teach me said rules..

now down stairs from us is Tinker a dark ginger cat who is very similar.. we have an understanding, as like tiger sometimes he wants to be petted and othertimes nope..

so on the whole i find ginger cats to be, quite literally in a world of their own with a somewhat different cat language from other cats, and i never have quite figured out if that is because the are stupid, or because they are extra smart... *ponders this* maybe it is both?

Derpy the ginger persian,,, could be a story in that...

*ponders things*
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From:siobhan63
Date:May 7th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
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We currently have two cats. One of them, Dali, is a slut. There's no other word for it. He assumes anyone who comes into the apartment is there to see him and is all over them, prostrating himself on the floor for belly rubs or anything else they're willing to hand out. It's embarrassing - sort of the cat equivalent of a dog humping someone's leg.

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From:bekitty
Date:May 7th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Derpy is training you.
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From:kehleyr
Date:May 8th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
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aaaw Derpy... *smoooches him*
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 10th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
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Derpy looks like ET covered in orange fur.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 10th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
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He reminds me quite a lot of our fish and chip lady. It's.. disconcerting.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 10th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Haha! Now I wish I could see the fish and chip lady!
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 10th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a fan of smoosh-faced breeds of dogs or cats, but Derpy's belly would totally still suck me. I love when bellyrubs are not a trap!
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