By seeing our photos last Wednesday, several of you wanted to know which of us had won : but even if there was all the same little excitement in the air this day, you all understood that it was about a wrestling game, about an update, and not about a serious fight.
However, for a human still little familiar with the body language of cats, it can be difficult to make the difference : game or fight ?
If it’s about a game or about an update between two cats who know each other, paw punches, quarrels, and spectacular pursuits can happen, but without real scratch and without serious bite. Cats mew little or not at all.
I remind Zorro to the order from time to time with a small brief mewing. He understands at once the message and plays less hardly.
If it’s about a serious fight, the protagonists have ears completely reduced behind, their pupils are dilated, the hairs of the spinal column and their mustaches are bristled, and their tail can be puffed. Cats hiss, mutter, and growl. If the intimidation is not enough, the battle begins : paw punches, quarrels, but this time the scratches are very real, and the bites also. The loser is then still pursued on a short distance by his opponent.
The hardened tomcats wear the scars of these violent battles : their ears are sometimes torn, and a badly healed bite can cause an abscess.
Here is the video of real fight we found on YouTube (4 mn) :
Warning to kittens: very violent and explicit language
Warning to humans : turn off the sound if your cats are in the room !