I’d like to introduce y’all to someone. The fabulous fellow at
left right left(who needs to know left from right?) is one of my rescue boys, Mo. He came to us
after a rather unfortunate encounter with a car; he was taken by the local police to the vet we take the big guy to and, well, Mo just happened to come home with me one afternoon about 5 years ago (the vet just may have suggested that my penchant for wacko cats would be helpful). Mo is a Bengal cat–his nickname is short for Mowgli. He’s of the brown spotted tabby variety, and he does possess the beautiful golden glitter in his fur that the breed is known for. Has a terribly charming pumpkin-orange belly, too. And he’s lovely, lovely, lovely.
Being a Bengal, Mo “should” conform to the following description:
Whether they are fishing in the aquarium or playing in their water-bowls, fetching balls for their families, taking walks on a leash or climbing to the top of the highest cupboards, Bengals are constantly on the move and are perfect for anyone who wants to interact and play with their cat daily.
This is not Mo. Mo, in fact, is none of these, save for “cat.” Mo is, as the saying goes, just FINE: fucked up, insecure, neurotic, emotional. Also wildly high-strung. Of all four of my current animals (and the three that preceded these), I probably identify most readily with Mo. One gets the feeling that Mo would be who Mo is, regardless of his experiences.
Yes, there are two competing theories to what drove Mo to take a leap in front of a moving car. Mo may be one of the fleet of feral cats in this community–he has a notched ear, which is typical of the ferals who were caught and released after neutering (which would certainly explain some of his…resistance to humans). It is entirely possible (likely, even) that Mo was abused during the first two years of his life, before he came to us via our awesome vet. Mo cares not one whit for men nor small kids. He’s not keen on women, either. In fact, he seems to be altogether misanthropic. He is, however, very fond of other cats, and he does allow me the opportunity to pet him at dinner time. He even seems to appreciate it. He also allows me to hold him in order to trim his nails, so he probably doesn’t totally hate me; he might even trust me a tad.
But, again, one gets the feeling that Mo would be high-strung irrespective of his history. High-strung and Mo appear, indeed, to be synonymous. And boy do I understand that on a deeply personal level. All the therapy in the world isn’t going to change that for either of us.
He does have the marvelous benefit of being far cuter in his high-strungness than I.