We’ve all heard the term “cat fight.” What does that term conjure up for you? For a lot of people the sexist interpretation of term probably comes to mind. Even Wikipedia describes cat fights as such:
“Catfight (also girl fight) is a term for an altercation between two women, often characterized as involving scratching, slapping, hair-pulling, and shirt-shredding. It can also be used to describe women insulting each other verbally. The catfight has been a staple of American news media and popular culture since the 1940s, and use of the term is often considered derogatory or belittling.”
The term is obviously derived from the vicious kind of fight that you might expect cats to engage in over territory or food. Well, apparently not all cats are defined by the way the scratch and slap at each other. In a video posted to YouTube, two cats both want to have some of the delicious milk put out in front of them. So what’s the problem? The bowl is too small and they can’t both feed from it at the same time because they’re heads would bump into each other.
Normally, you’d expect a cat to claw another cat competing for its bowl of milk, but these two cats are much too polite for that. These are not cats looking to be featured on the next episode of Jerry Springer. Instead of starting a fight, the two cats trade turns politely pawing at the bowl and sliding it across the floor so they can each have a turn. There’s a moment in the video when it looks like a fight might break out, but the cats ultimately continue to do their polite thing. The result is an incredibly cute display of human-like manners by animals you’d expect to do something completely different. I guess they must be British cats.
If only the person who trained these cats could help those of us who need to train our cats away from bad behavioral issues. C’est la Vie!