And I never asked Peter to make a decision again.
throwing up and running away…I should try this escape tactic next time someone asks me to make a decision.
You draw the cutest, most adorable, most expressive, and most pathetic cats. I love it.
Pretty sure Peter just had a “hairball” (which in my experience has always been more like cat-vomit)
I’d agree with you, except I can (unfortunately) personally vouch that what he spit out that day was pure panic-bile. He does that when he gets startled, so we’re very careful about not startling Peter. …Especially when holding him…
You’ve mentioned before that Peter isn’t text book normal, is that all a result of bad breeding? (and I mean the worst vomit inducing kind). Because most cats probably aren’t as figity as poor Petey there and you’ve said he’s kinda sickly as proven here.
Honestly, we can’t fully account for Peter’s history since we got him from a shelter, but yes, a veterinarian confirmed that the majority of Peter’s issues were because of genetic conditions or behavioral issues as a result of his genetic conditions — such as his timidity being largely because he has a degenerative eye condition; since he doesn’t see very well, he’s easily frightened by sudden movements. While we don’t know about his exact background, he was identified as an applehead (traditional cat-faced, not wedge-faced) flame-point Siamese, which is a breed ripe for inbreeding and the issues that crop up because of it. It makes Peter a unique case, but his sweet nature more than makes up for any weird behavioral issues.
Peter is not the only one. I was holding a friend’s cat, and she purred happily and suddenly puked all over my shirt. Ewwwww.
Hey guys, I just learned that looking at your cat in the eyes can be seen as threatening to them (at the very best they can take it as an invitation to play), unless you are squiting and blinking, which is then taken as a proof of love.
You could test that and only give him squinty looks to see if he becomes less jumpy. It does work with our Hemingway.
A Wild Peter Appeared! Peter used Watergun! It was Super Effective!
You own a cat! That’s what happened 😛
For the record this brought me to laughing tears, and continues to do so. Just great timing.
That’s definitely true when you’re getting to know each other or when dealing with a strange cat, but it becomes less of an issue once you’re good friends. They’ll do non-threatening stares of their own then too. At that point, you just read each other’s body language to figure out if it’s a threatening stare or an attentive one.
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