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Ocho's Imperial Empire

December 30th, 2013

I would venture to guess that in many cat-dog households, the cat often ends up as the boss. How is it that someone so little holds the power over someone usually bigger?

In our case, Ocho the cat is seven pounds. Inca the labrador is 70 pounds. Ocho is two years older than Inca, so I suppose she gets to lord her senior status over the dog.

Yet, the cat is totally, uneqivocally the boss. Sure, Inca gets rowdy and playful and a little unintentionally forceful with the cat, but one swat from Ocho and Inca backs off.

Ocho was a housecat but likes to run away now and again to get her adventure fix. I recently got tired of it and decided she can be an outside cat. I actually feel like she lives a more exciting life outside, getting more exercise and being in nature.

Lately, there's been a few stray cats making their way into the neighborhood. The first few nights I heard Ocho fighting with them - hissing, yowling, growling right outside the window. I would send Inca out to break it up, knowing that the other cat will be scared off.

Inca, the heavy.

The Pet Porter crate: now declared a feline protectorate.

The Pet Porter crate: now declared a feline protectorate.

Then, Ocho figured out to use the dog like protection. She started sleeping in the dog's crate.

Now, the dog is not allowed in her own crate. I've seen Inca stand outside it with head cocked, looking at the cat inside.

Colonial subject and citizen of newly acquired Ocholand

Colonial subject and citizen of newly acquired Ocholand

Cats. They crack me up. They're like Imperial Britain. They just take what they want.

So one of those two animals is finally getting a good night's sleep. Which one is it?

Do you have a pet story?

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3 Responses to “Ocho's Imperial Empire”

  1. linda:

    LOL! Pets are so comical! I have 2 dogs, a pom/doxie and doxie/terrier. the pom/doxie, she is smaller, very bossy, persistent and a yapper, she is the alpha (acts like a human)! The doxie/terrier, he is larger, so mellow and lovable! But, when he's had enough of her, she backs off!

  2. Diane Ako:

    linda, isn't it funny how the smaller pet thinks he's the bigger one? Cute story!

  3. gale:

    We have cats, a dog, and fish. No one bothers the fish. One cat likes to go into the room where the fish are, but totally ignores them.

    The dog pesters everyone. The kitten mostly puts up with both adult cat and dog pestering her. The dog never really backs off, but is loving and has a soft mouth, although we don't allow much contact. All 3 mostly love each other.

    The adult cat does not put up with much, and with the kitten around, she does not have to. OTOH, she will come to give the dog love and allow it as well. The adult cat is starting to play Surprise games with the kitten. Waiting for the kitty to wander by, and then leap out. The kitten could care less, so the joke is on the cat. LOL The kitten is going to be the biggest. Lucky that she is so sweet.

    I am not sure that we have an alpha in the triumvirate. The dog's exuberance sort of destroys any attempts at imperial hauteur. I think that the adult cat tried for a while, as the oldest. But, seems to be giving up on that.

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