March 15th 2013 7:01 am
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I'm beginning to think that Uno, rather than being the undisputed Queen of our feline family, is actually in the same position that royal children often find themselves....allowed only as much power as their nanny & parents see fit to allow them to have.
For the most part, Uno pretty much rules things around here. For the most part, Uno usually manages to get what she wants. For the most part, the other cats step aside and allow Uno to do such things as steal their treats from them without protest after she's wolfed her own down at lightning speed. When she jumps up on a shelf and decides she wants the whole shelf to herself and starts crowding another cat out, the other cat usually gets up and seeks a new napping spot elsewhere. If anyone else gets too close to Uno's treats or sleeping spot and doesn't back off right away, Uno's quick to smack at them to make her point clear. As they did with Hallie, the other cats let Uno do things and get away with things they would never let any other cat even think of getting away with.
All except one. With one and only one cat who seems to have appointed herself as Uno's "nanny", Uno has learned that there's a limit she must not cross. Again and again when Uno tries to shove Splat Cat out of a sleeping or perching spot or tries to steal food from Splat Cat or otherwise wrongly disrespects her, Splat Cat will quietly and gently but firmly either smack Uno on the muzzle or reach out with a paw and just push it against Uno's head as Uno tries to bodily shove Splats out of her way. Splat Cat usually doesn't utter a sound when she disciplines Uno. Splat Cat only disciplines Uno when Uno exceeds the limit of tolerance most cats have for the antics of a youngster. For some reason I haven't figured out yet (and maybe never will figure out), Splat Cat has managed to gain Uno's respect.
Uno "runs over" all the other cats but when she tries to run over Splat Cat, her disrespect ends up going splat against a brick wall of firm, gentle, and unyielding kitty discipline.
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I lurv Uno but GO Splat Cat!!