How do I explain this... it was early afternoon, Pitsi was preparing
to take a nap in "her" room, all the doors in the house were
open, me and my mother were chatting two rooms away... then we heard
something and we thought it was the neighbor's dog yowling - again! -,
but the yowling was strange and wouldn't stop... after a couple of
minutes I went to check on the cat (can't possibly be Pitsi, but just
to be sure...), and I found her up on the table, growling and hissing
ferociously, alone in the room... It was like she was possessed, like a cornered wild
animal. I have never seen so much fear and fury altogether...
The only logical explanation I can think of is that she accidentally saw herself in the dressing mirror (probably for the first time), got scared and raised her hackles, saw the "intruder" in the mirror doing the same, and went mad. Really, really mad.
The first thing I did (ok, after taking this one photo) was to cover the mirror with a cloth.
It took her almost one hour to stop growling and hissing. Me and my mother tried everything we could think of to calm her down, we talked to her (from the distance of course), tried to lure her with her favorite treats, etc etc. At some point she left that room and inspected ALL the house, with determination, still growling...
It was a terrifying experience for us the humans too... we were very careful to appear calm, and to give her room - while keeping control of the doors :-D. We also grabbed some thick bath towels, just in case ( I was VERY concerned about my bare feet :-D), but we didn't have to use them, and she showed no signs of wanting to attack us. On the contrary, at some point she was growling and rubbing against my leg at the same time.
Now, a couple of hours later, she is sleeping in "her" room, on my bed, as if nothing had happened. She even asked to be petted and purred!
Very confusing, all in all...
EXPLORE #316, July 28, 2008