Yoshizen's Blog

Cat’s Story / Cat with Moustache / Cat’s Mind

Animal’s body-color or their pattern of fur never change —– that was what I believed too,

until I saw one of my kitten had grown his Moustache.   😀

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Kitten here (photo, left ) was in his 3rd days in this world, and as a very very young boy, he

didn’t show his Moustache yet. —– then less than a week, a faint sign of it started to appear.

I thought he licked something black and got his nose smeared but it wasn’t. (photo, right)

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—– And a month later, he was a well grown young cat with well trimmed Moustache.

He was one of kittens born with other 5 (though, one was stillborn and 3 were adapted by

the friends) and only a kitten remained in the family, he was given a name “Den-suke”

(a famouse Japanese comedian with his trade-mark Moustache = Japanese equivalent

of Chary Chaplin) and became an apple in my eye.

Though, I might have given too much attention, he seemed to become mother’s boy.

Unlike his father, “Kaka” who was quite an out-venturing Macho type —– but Den-suke

prefer to stay with somebody and playing / disturbing each other if not sleeping or

cosmetic-licking.   🙂


As I wrote in the other Cat’s Story(s) before, I don’t believe common stereo-typical cat’s

character. —– If a cat became to a rather solitary animal, it was the reflection of how that cat

was grown-up in its environment.   If a cat was left only as an animal in a house and having

only the social interaction, fed twice a day —– what else other than a solitary animal he (she)

could became.  In contrast, if a cat was grown-up with a lots of interaction from the Mother cats

and the owner who behave (in certain extents 😀 ) like another Dominant cat, naturally the cat

become like a “Social animal”.   Remember, even in the feline family, Lion lives in a group and

having quite complex “Social” activity with Rules and Psychological games etc. —– so, we can’t

tell what genetic trait a particular cat got.   At least I can say, all of my cats were more or less

behaved like a dog = respond to each name and come and play (or disturb me 🙂 ) by their will.

Nurture play a big role in the cat’s character and behavioural pattern !


But to grown-up with those social environment while acquiring behavioural pattern like a

pecking-order imprinted into the brain, if a situation change, such as when new kittens were

born, and not only the Mother’s nursing care but also my attention has to go those helpless

small creatures.     That was the situation what the Father, who used to be the Star, could not

comprehend at all. —– It was the same situation, when a human male and female couple got 

new arrival of their baby.   (Husband who used to receive whole attention of the wife, was

suddenly abandoned alone in a middle of nowhere, without having any idea what to do. 🙂 )


To the Tom-cat, those new born kittens were nothing but the other small animals, no different

from mice = therefore, he started to handle (or play) with kittens as if they were the mice.

And neither had a notion of Fatherhood or Recognition of “His baby” he couldn’t understand

why he was smacked when he tried to play with kittens. = To his eyes, I just became a tyrant

who blandish a terror. —– Cats can understand each phenomenon only on its apparence but

not able to connect it to a secondary implication behind, therefore he only thought that he

was smacked because the Boss got bad day, not because he did wrong.


So, he took a strongest weapon he could use against the Tyrant —— spread his diarrhoea

all over my pillow ! ! !  —– ( I was so impressed with his ingenuity.   A brain which couldn’t

process secondary implication, still able to have such creativity.   I wondered

how he managed to make a connection, “Shit on the Pillow will best annoy the Boss !”

—– Amazing isn’t it ?  ! —— Ha ha ha.  😀 )

So I say, I’ve learned enough and greatly deepened my understanding toward the

simple, emotion-based mind,  while living with cats.   😀

—– And three months later Den-suke had to face the same situation as

next litter of kittens were born.   (So, he became to rotten / fallen Apple ! ) 



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  1. drawandshoot said, on October 9, 2013 at 16:10

    That’s a great story, Yoshizen. Cat’s are ingenious. : )
    Those are some beautiful companions you have there and lovely portraits you have made of them.

    • yoshizen said, on October 9, 2013 at 16:29

      Thank you Karen.
      Only a mistake I made was, that I didn’t know kitten can become pregnant in 6 months and
      again soon after gave a birth. So that within one year, I had to take care of 18 kittens !
      = A bit too much 😀 Otherwise, it was a great period in my whole life = with Cats.

  2. bentehaarstad said, on October 9, 2013 at 17:06

    Hahaha, and a boff, boff from my (male) dog, who never tried this yet…

    • yoshizen said, on October 9, 2013 at 17:22

      Dog might have a sense of Paternity hence may not be nasty to his own puppy.
      (Therefore, he may not cause to be smacked 🙂 )

  3. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on October 10, 2013 at 01:15

    Ha ha ha! 😀 Good one. Nice shots, too. Very sweet faces. I’m a big fan of cats, as you know. I’ve been off the planet a bit, and have missed seeing your posts. Actually, this post did not show in my reader (as did not several others of people’s blogs that I follow–so I need to look into that). Hope all is well with you!

    • yoshizen said, on October 10, 2013 at 01:38

      Thank you Lemony. Those photos and the stories came out of the old boxes.
      (Still quite number of boxes I haven’t opened yet 🙂 )

  4. elenacaravela said, on October 10, 2013 at 23:38

    There’s nothing like living with cats!

    • yoshizen said, on October 11, 2013 at 01:20

      Absolutely !
      A friend recommended me reptile, the other, Guinea-pig, even Tarantula
      —– I never convinced, other than the Cats.
      I can’t imagine a reptile friend bring a catch for me as a present.

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