Jacoby strikes a pose for me on a bench in the park.
Of course, when does he not pose?
The afternoon sun lights up his ruddy fur like a firebrand. This is what the cat show judges mean when they say that Abyssinians “sparkle.”
But what is he talking about?
And what does he see?
Who’s watching Jake rather closely.
And who’s not alone.
Better be careful, Jake. Mockingbirds can actually hurt cats. When I was a teenager, my mom wouldn’t let us have cats in the house. One of our cats, Paul (a brown mackerel tabby) developed a huge abscess on the top of his head which was started by a deep puncture wound. The vet was pretty certain it had been caused by a bird’s beak, possibly a Scrub Jay, but most likely from an attack by one or two Mockingbirds divebombing his head. Even though they’re “just harmless songbirds,” I watch them carefully when Jake and I are outside.