Our mandate at Cat Wisdom 101 is to enlighten & entertain cat lovers everywhere. This continuing tongue-in-cheek story about a cat friendship is meant to amuse but the behavioral cues from feline body language are scientifically based.
I like photographing cats as naturally as possible, seeing them interact in nature alone or with other cats. I try to maintain my distance and when possible, stay hidden to observe their behavior. It helps me gain insight into my behavioral work with indoor cats.
Our mystery girl spies someone but is nonplussed. If she was really interested her ears would be pointed forward. Odin has already made a fool of himself running up and down a tree log to impress her no avail. She allows him to come closer.
“Oh, hi, big boy… come on over and let me check you out.”
Odin can’t believe his good fortune and lopes over practically doing somersaults.
She gives him the once over. “You only have one eye and a rather big nose!” Odin isn’t used to rejection. He’s been told all his life how handsome he is and isn’t deterred. Both maintain their relaxed postures. Odin dares to ask, “So, what are you doing tonight, beautiful?”
“Nothing with you. I can have anyone I want.” Mystery Miss turns away and closes her eyes to sunbathe. Odin figures if she’s still sitting nearby, it isn’t a complete rejection. His tail flies high and confident. There’s hope. But wait, out of the corner of his one eye he sees him!