Daily Photo: Zen and the Art of Kitten Control

two black cats wrestling
Smokie is ready to wrestle with both paws!

Jelly Bean likes to sit on this exact shelf on this cat tree, very pear-shaped and squinty and composed, like a purring Buddha about his meditation, encouraging the chi to flow freely into the room to effect purrfect feng shui. This doesn’t go well when a certain kitten wants to wrestle.

two black cats wrestling
Then, the touch!

Jelly Bean, however, subdues Smokie without even lifting a paw.

two black cats wrestling
Jelly Bean gathers his awareness…

He practices his powers of awareness and focus…

two black cats wrestling
…and focuses it onto Smokie, who suddenly feels a lot of awareness as well…

…and focuses his awareness on Smokie, who apparently gets the message…

two black cats wrestling
Bean keeps his focus as Smokie is unable to control his actions.

…as he helplessly spins in the little tube…

two black cats wrestling
Around he goes…

…Jelly Bean doesn’t even need to look at him, just continues focusing his awareness…

two black cats wrestling
The final step, won with the Zen and without lifting a paw

…until Smokie is helplessly slipping from his perch! Jelly Bean barely moved. Now he can continue his meditation.

It isn’t always like this! The two of them enjoy wrestling on this cat tree every day, and I fear for its wellness with the force of their leaping and rolling around. When I got this—and I freely admit I pulled it from the curb when it was put out for the trash near me and someone posted a picture in our rescue group—I wondered who that little tube was for. Ha! Not even Mimi would fit in there! Well, it’s a favorite spot for both Smokie and Bella. And that little perch at the top? Bella’s throne.

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One thought on “Daily Photo: Zen and the Art of Kitten Control

  • February 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Pawsome series of pics!
    Sometimes body language and a “look” are all that is needed to communicate.
    Worked Smokie into a spin 😉 heeheehee
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ


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