This is Norie; mischievous, energetic, playful, curious, and a very smart black cat.
This is Sister, formerly Buster, who is a very sweet tempered, docile, considerate, affectionate kitty who loves nothing more than sitting in my lap or near me while I pet her. Sister is a gray tabby with white legs.
Sister does not want to play with toys; and she does not want to play with Norie normally. (But I have seen her chase Norie in the morning, running after her wide open down the hall.)
Norie frequently stalks Sister and scares her. She also butts in (when I’m not looking) to steal food from Sister’s bowl while Sister is still eating and when she hasn’t even finished her own food! Sister usually backs away and surrenders to Norie’s appetite. But then Sister will eat out of Norie’s bowl when she isn’t around. (The difficulty rises that Sister has medicine to help her digestion.)
I don’t know whether to impose human manners on the two cats and prevent Norie from butting in while Sister is eating; or just let nature take it’s course. Actually Norie recently helped me make a decision. Norie weighs 15 pounds now and is 6 years old. So I cannot allow her to eat more food than is in her bowl. She is on a diet! So I can no longer leave dry food out all day for them to graze on. That opened a whole new “can of cat food.”
The weirdest thing can be seen in this just over a minute video. They do this every day at least once!! I see it coming when Norie plops down and lays on her back in front of Sister and starts pawing near her face. I call it the “I’m not touching you game.”
Norie knows exactly what will happen because it has happened every day at least once for the last six years!!! Yet they do the same thing every time and it ends the same way. Sometimes I hear Norie yelp because Sister nipped her too hard. Often I find one or two small tufts of black hair lying about where the battle took place. Norie knows she may lose some hair but she does the same thing every day!
Is she just bored? Is she trying to get Sister to play with her still after all these years? Is she a glutton for punishment? Is she trying to get Sister to loosen up? Why would a cat engage in this seemingly senseless behavior?? Is she just fulfilling the old saying that “bad attention is better than no attention at all?”
I think this behavior is a form of play or play-fighting. But it sure is a curious form of play.