Okay, it wasn't really midnight--I just like alliteration. It was actually just shy of 1:30am when I wittnessed Moggy go into Territory Protection Mode. I attempted to call Moggy off before he engaged The Other Cat, who was slinking toward us from shadows edge; however, Moggy had ideas of his own.
Imagine my surprise at finding a cat with independent thought ignoring me. 😉
Moggy dropped into prey mode and ran to meet TOC, but rather than fully engaging him in the claw-de-tooth cat fight I feared, (the type cat fight from which he has previously drug himself home a little worse for wear), he abruptly stopped and sat in full attention: ears forward, body sitting tall and rigid, and he gave TOC the same intense stare with which he has awoken me on several occassions.
Moggy ceremoniously dusted his font paws, clenched his dominate paw, and raising it high into the cool night air, shouted, "Good riddance to ya! And don't be comin' back 'round here--your kind aint welcome!!"
Okay...So it didn't go down exatly like that...but it was the cat equivalent: Moggy held his statute imitation a few heartbeats, then stood, nonchalantly turned his back on TOC, and strutted to the front door, tail standing straight up, with just the slighest tail-tip twitch. The Tail Twitch is Moggy's tell. He was well pleased with himself and feeling good.
Moggy met me at the front door, I praised him and thanked him for his protection, and invited him inside. He, of course, ignored my invitation to enter. Actually, he attempted to engage me in one of his favorite games: lets see how many times the human will attemp to get me inside before she finally closes the door. Three is usually my limit. Last night, I cut the game short and closed the door after the second invite.
I barely had the front door locked before Moggy was bumping the back door wanting to come inside. I get it--he had to do a final perimeter security sweep ensuring the safety of his Family before he could come inside and go to bed.
Yeah, or maybe he's a strong-willed, independent cat, who ensured his person opened the door the third time. Who says it has to be the same door?
Score one for Moggy.