December 4th: Defining moments in cat acquaintanceship

Well, probably not. Here is one minute in the life of an established cat (Maggie) and her still-new, six-month-old acquaintance (June). There’s been some tension as they’ve gotten to know one another. Each of their encounters feels like an opportunity for them to break some ground, or, more realistically, for Maggie to swipe June’s nose again.

Here's what gets the ball rolling. June ponders in the shadow of the...well, never mind exactly what it is. It's a Christmas branch, I guess. It was also designed to be the single most attractive object possible to a curious cat, and it was placed conveniently within reach because I'm a thoughtful cat owner.

Here’s what gets the ball rolling. June ponders in the shadow of the…well, never mind exactly what it is. It’s a Christmas branch, I guess. It was also designed to be the single most attractive object possible to a curious cat, and it was placed conveniently within reach because I’m a thoughtful cat owner.

By jumping on the back of the chair, June shattered Maggie's equilibrium while she was bathing,  causing her to pause in this less-than-dignified position.

By jumping on the back of the chair, June shattered Maggie’s equilibrium while she was bathing, causing her to pause in this less-than-dignified position.

Maggie surreptitiously sniffed June's tail.

Maggie surreptitiously sniffed June’s tail.

Maggie was, depending on your point of view, nonplussed or horrified by the results.

Maggie was, depending on your point of view, nonplussed or horrified by the results.

She took a moment to sit and think about it.

She took a moment to sit and think about it.

Really think.

Really think.

At this moment in time, they both independently decided they just didn't care.

At that moment in time, they both independently decided they just didn’t care about the presence of the other.

No hisses or growls were heard at press time.

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