Little Terrorist

Don’t let the innocent face fool you…

al-Zill sitting on a cat tree and looking out the window (2008_12_17_002503)

al-Zill might look sweet and cuddly, and knowing he has brain damage from a pre-rescue coyote attack might lull one into a false sense of pity, but he’s a little terrorist.

Sure, he’ll lie in my lap and look tender and adorable, but then he’ll turn around and bite me for no reason.

Sure, he’ll stand and groom one of his siblings with all the affection he can muster, but then he’ll lean back and smack ’em upside the head just when they’re thinking the world couldn’t get any better.

Sure, he’ll give kisses for just about any reason, but then he’ll keep giving them until he’s worn the tissue down to the bone.

Sure, he’ll sit by my feet and soak up all the petting he can get, but then he’ll randomly bite a toe or sink his claws into my ankle.

Sure, he’ll curl up under the covers with me when it’s time to go to bed, but then he’ll attack me the first time I move.

Sure, he’ll dash to the water and food bowls so he can sit beside one of the other cats while they eat or drink, but then he’ll pounce on them once their head is down.

Sure, he’ll go to sleep nearby, but then he’ll suddenly attack me or one of the other cats and send all of us careening out of bed.

Sure, he’s a little terrorist.  And I love him just the way he is.

9 thoughts on “Little Terrorist”

    1. You got that right, Ted! You reminded me of this quote from “Meet the Parents”:

      [I]f you yell at a dog, his ears will go down and his tail will cover his genitals even if he’s done nothing wrong. It’s very easy to break a dog. But cats make you work for their affection. Cats don’t sell out like dogs do.

  1. Wow. He looks just like our cat Mingus. Who is also something of a terrorist. Except, more passive aggressive. He’ll sit there on the high shelf and knock things off it one by one, slowly and deliberately, until we pay him attention.

    1. That’s a tickling visual, Alex! I can’t stop giggling at the idea of Mingus launching projectiles off the shelf waiting for someone to realize his needs aren’t being met…

  2. It’s hard not to admire al-Zill, he has a sleek frame and face similar to Luna, and of course the pure black fur 🙂

    I used to have a cat, Morty, who showed his affection with rough play and bites, it was hard to get used to. I loved him, but I prefer Luna’s gentle nature.

  3. I’m beginning to wonder if my black cat Estorbo (‘obstacle’, ‘obstruction’, ‘hinderance’) might not also have suffered a blow to the brain. I adopted him after his jaw had been broken by a car or boot…we’ll never know. Definitely similar characteristics.

    1. If Estorbo was hit by a car, Marie, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of head wound–though perhaps not necessarily of the permanent kind. al-Zill has issues related to his brain damage (falling down, loss of motor control, etc.), but his terrorist activities I think stem from feline superiority and mischief rather than a knocked-around noggin.

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