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Fluffy Kittens, Pt.2

So, several people spoke up and asked how come I didn't post any pictures of the Small Emergency Back-up Cat when I was posting all the cute pics of Emily, and the real answer to that was that there didn't happen to be any pics of her in that batch. But I rectified that over the weekend, so now I bring you Morgan:




I can't really say with a straight face that Morgan is less interactive than Emily. Any one who has met Morgan in person would just laugh knowingly. Morgan has an "ON" switch like you cannot believe, which earned her the nickname "affection crackhead" soon after I got her. But most of the time, until you hit the button, she remains in the "OFF" position, and in that position, she's mostly kind of vegetative. Emily tends to hang out with me *all the time*, while Morgan stays off in her favorite places, which is mostly either on my bed or in the closet or in the mudroom.



I think you can kind of see the slightly maniacal glint that Morgan has. You can see it in her eyes.



This is Morgan in her favorite place, in the sunbeam in the mudroom.



This picture proves that occasionally in my house, there is cat detente.

See, the thing is that Morgan was horribly abused by all the other cats in the house where she used to live, which is why I took her in. She compensates for this by RULING my house. Or... to be accurate, she rules Emily. This is very funny, because although you can't tell from this pic, Emily is twice Morgan's size/weight. Morgan is probably 3 or 4 years older. (Emily's... *does some quick math* about 5 now, so Morgan's probably 8 or 9.) But Emily is thoroughly bamboozled by Morgan. Morgan doesn't hurt Emily or anything, but she'll smack Emily when she wants to, and chase her. Emily does sometimes chase back.

The biggest result of this dynamic is that the bed is Morgan's now, and for a while Emily hardly dared to even get up there while Morgan was there. Emily has gotten better at this recently. It helped that I got this new comforter, which I gather doesn't have Morgan's scent ground into it, so Emily seems to be hoping to colonize it too. (Of course, this pic could have come about because Emily was already up there, and then Morgan got up, and Emily didn't wake up or decided for once to stay put.) This is a big step because previously, Emily was kind of afraid to get up there *in case* Morgan was already there, but now Emily has even been sleeping with me at night again, even if Morgan is on the bed too.

Ah, cat politics.

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m0usegrrl
Oct. 16th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
What an adorable little tyrant! ^_^
eregyrn
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Isn't she, though?
surreallis
Oct. 16th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Okay, the first picture where Morgan is looking back at you while you take a picture? It totally looks like she wants to spray you with a water bottle and tell you, "Bad Orca Girl! BAD!"

I find that hilarious.
eregyrn
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, she *WISHES*.

The other thing about Morgan is that she is much more often a Bad Cat than Emily is. She sharpens her claws on whatever she wants, and also she will leap for the bed and only leap about 75% of the way and haul herself up the rest of the way by her claws -- even though she is exceedingly springy and she weights nothing, because she appears to be made entirely of cartilage, so that she is perfectly capable of jumping that height, in fact she's capable of jumping HIGHER because I've seen her do it. And she will knock stuff off things if she thinks it might be fun to play with it.

Emily never does stuff like this. She is a little angel by comparison.
nangi_akki
Oct. 16th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
cat detente :)
eregyrn
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, it would be inaccurate to characterize them as "cat buddies", per se. ;-)
jenlev
Oct. 16th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
she does indeed have that on button. hee! and thank you for posting this, i needed cat photos today. *hugs*

ps. you're right about cat politics. yikes.
eregyrn
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad the cat photos hit the spot. *HUG*
jenlev
Oct. 17th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
indeed and still. *more hugs*

ps. released seasons 2,3, 4 of due south from the post office. yay! also, need to get season 1 back to you. and thank you again.
advection
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
I see what you mean about the maniacal gleam in the eye, but that picture of curled-up Morgan is reeeeaaallly cute. :-)
eregyrn
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
I think it's the pirate-like black eyepatch that really does it. That and the eyeliner-effect.
okojosan
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Aww, your kitties are so cute! I want to join Morgan in her patch of sunbeam.
raqs
Oct. 17th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
to me morgan looks like she's thinking "i know you're made of meat."
beadattitude
Oct. 24th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm a sucker for cat photos, and am owned by two cats myself.

Hey! I'm the fanfic writer wife of the editor who wrote you today! And, to have our LJ six degrees of separation; we share janedavitt as a friend, and iharthdarth (gosh I miss that!).

Mind if I friend?

-Bead.
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