One day there was a skinny orange cat named Dante who loved the outside world but he had no claws, so he wasn’t allowed to roam the outside world. He spent many hours perched on an old wooden trunk, gazing out the window at the outside world, dreaming of the birds he could catch and the dirt he could dig if only he had claws. One day, a big dark bird landed on the fence outside the window and startled Dante from his revery. The bird saw Dante pining in the window and started to taunt him with his “caw caws,” laughing at the cat with no claws, trapped behind the glass wall. From then on, every day the bird came by and cackled at the claw-less kitty. Some days, he enlisted other birds to join in. Dante was beside himself during these encounters and turned into the sourest sour puss of all. He growled and grumbled at the window, hissing at any other kitties who happened to get in his way. Spring came around and Dante wanted more than anything to be in the outside world. He meowed his little heart out at the window, hushing only when the black bird came to taunt him. On a warm, sunny day, Dante’s dream came true and the window opened and he got to go outside. He had to wear an uncomfortable harness and leash, but he didn’t care, he was outside! He crouched low in the shade when he saw the shadow of his nemesis. The crow landed on the fence and looked for Dante in the window. Mid-caw the big bird realized he was not alone in the backyard but it was too late, Dante had sunk his teeth into the crow’s feathered tail. The bird took flight, a little unsteadily with some of his tail feathers missing, and never returned to the backyard. Dante happily rolled around in the dirt on his back, reveling in the feeling of besting his enemy.
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Ok, so Dante didn’t actually attack the crow. But they definitely did have a hate on for each other while Dante was stuck inside. Now that Dante goes outside, something’s changed because he barely looks in the crow’s direction. Before, he was obsessed with tracking the crow’s every movement, running from the back to the front of the house, to the upstairs windows, always trying to get the best vantage point to see him. And then they’d have intense stare downs and the crow would taunt Dante with his “caw caws.” Now their animosity seems to have cooled to apathy. I doubt they’ll ever be like these guys though:
I know it’s a long video but at least watch the first couple minutes. And then skip ahead to minute 4:50 where it shows them playing. Hilarious!
*P.S. please do not de-claw your cat. There are alternatives to this horrible, unnecessary procedure.