I have never claimed that the current version of the Triplicats were smart. The original Triplicats... now those were some scarily smart cats, but they were raised by a dog, so...
The Triplicats 2.0, however... are dumb as a box of rocks. But we love them, mostly.
Today, though, they're making that box of rocks look pretty damn smart.
So, I take my kids to school every morning, and when I get home, Calcifer, the orange tabby, is usually right at the front door, waiting for me to unlock it so he can either greet me with much affection... or make yet another escape attempt until he decides, "Hey, wait a minute... it's FREEZING out here!! LET ME BACK IN NAAAAOOOOOWWWW!!!!"
This morning, he wanted to slip out, so that meant me squeezing in through a barely opened door while blocking him with my purse, then yowling softly at him to make him back off. He didn't back off far enough, because when I stepped back to lock the front door, I stepped on his tail.
Did I mention I was wearing Doc Marten's this morning?
He let out a truly epic cat squawk of pain, and I hastily lifted my foot while saying, "Well, if you didn't want to get stepped on, you shouldn't have gotten under my feet, you dumb cat!"
He streaked away from the door, a very unhappy cat.
In the meantime, Muta and Yuki came hurrying in on hearing Cal squall to see what was going on, and they see a cat racing away from the door. Do they think, "Oh, no, our littermate that we've known and lived with for the last FIVE YEARS is hurt, we must check on him!"
No. Those freeze-damaged little brains of theirs say, "INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT! STRANGE CAT IS TRESPASSING ON OUR TERRITORY, REPEAT, STRANGE CAT IS TRESPASSING ON OUR TERRITORY. ATTAAAAAAACK!!!" And they do.
All I know is, squalling cat running away from me, I lock the door, and turn to see Muta and Yuki both frizz out and go into full attack mode, racing after him while yowling their battle cries and slashing at him like he's the feline version of Public Enemy Number One.
Calcifer, already freaked out, is completely stunned and basically says, "Wait, what the fuck, hey, it's me, I'm hurt, WAIT, WHOA, OH, MY GOD, THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL ME!!!" and runs for it.
I grab pillows off the couch and fire them after the cats to distract them, because I can't believe they're actually attacking Cal. Took me a minute to realize why they were attacking him. It's... stunning. I'm thinking, his scent hasn't changed. His color hasn't changed. Nothing about him has changed. So why???
I figured they'd probably get over it and forget. That later, Cal would come out of my daughter's room, and the other two would be like, "Hey, dude, where you been? There was this other weird cat here, you should have been here, we would have totally kicked his ass if you were here!"
That... hasn't happened yet.
As a matter of fact, now, they don't recognize each other at all! I mean, here it is, seven hours later, and they ran into each other in the kitchen, and it was like, "Who are you? " "No, wait... who are you??" "Da fuck?? Who the hell are
There was a squalling melee in the kitchen, and now they're all hiding from each other. All three of them. In. The. Same. Place. Under my bed.
This should be fun.
My cats. Are idiots.