Friday, January 29, 2010


Although I have three cats with D-names, they are usually much better off in twos, than in threes.  And some twos are better than others.

There is a rather circular nature to the 3-D hierarchy.  Domino rules the roost, Dante is second in command, and Dylan takes the bottom position.  Domino and Dante get along quite nicely, and their every interaction is peaceful and harmonious.

Dante and Dylan also get along very well, though they have those mancat "rassling" sessions every now and then.  Dante will keep Dylan in line if he goes too far, though.  He will raise his mighty paw and Dylan will back off.

Domino and Dylan are another story.  Although Domino is able to strike fear into Dylan and force him to back off, Dylan's basic instincts often get the better of him.  Domino and Dylan interactions often end in hiss-terical controversy.  So, at times Domino will just take the path of least resistance, and avoid Dylan altogether.

So the 3-Ds are actually best taken either singly or by the twos, with the exception of the Domino-Dylan pairing which normally ends in some sort of disruption.  I guess you could call it "The Domino Effect", if you will.

Peaceful co-existence is the order of the day, as we start off with the Domino/Dante twosome.

Here is Dante hovering directly behind Domino and she is not in the least disturbed.  Now if that was Dylan, it would be a whole different matter, because Dylan would likely attempt to jump her.  Dante knows his place when it comes to being second-in-line behind Domino.

Domino and Dante follow the credo ...

... "Live and Let Live"

So, when Dylan comes on the scene, Dante makes cozy with him while Domino keeps her distance.

Dante bridges the gap.

And comes back to pay his respects to Domino.

Then Domino decides it's time to move on while things are still relatively peaceful.

Domino rocks and rules!

She's off to find her place on the bench to grab a little sun.

Dylan's off on a mission of his own.

He's got some serious sniffing to do, as you can clearly see.

So, Dante joins Domino on the bench as they both bask in the winter sunshine. 
(There are lots of peanut shells on the bench, where the squirrels must sit and eat -- I guess they want to keep their feet warm, too!)

Domino and Dante both keep an eye on the neighbourhood.

They cooperate, as Domino looks one way, and Dante, the other.

Domino trusts Dante to be viligant while she takes time out for a little bath.

Uh-oh!  Intruder alert!

Look who's back!

It's just like Dylan to barge right in!  He never really looks before he leaps.

So Domino makes her escape to avoid the inevitable confrontation.

Dylan says "Nuts"!  Foiled again!


Angel, Kirby and Max said...

The releationships are amazing!

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

The old addage proves true again......Two is Company, Three is a Crowd!!!!!!

Wonderful, wonderful pics of the 3-D's. xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

But hopefully peace previla in the household. Just realized how large Dante is and How small Domino is in comparrison, coz she looks chubby I thought she was nicely plump... But she is a dainty little lady and Dylan is also comparatively small... Magnificiant Dante...

The Monkeys said...

Our Mom works in the animation software business and she loves 2D just as much as 3D ;)

Elizabeth and Connor said...

Looks like everything ended well there!

Mouchois said...

Dante seems like he's trying to be a peacemaker between the two!

Cindy said...

Wonderful pictures. Nice to know how your household works!

Amy & the house of cats said...

What cute kitties they are in these pics! And the whole group dynamic - ours is very similar in that they usually get along better as pairs.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Domino is amazing, she is so clearly in charge of the bigger boys. Such great photos and story!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Very sweet trio!

Catline Crew said...

We loved watching the interaction between all 3 Ds.

Sweet Purrfections said...

Looks like life is interesting around your household!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Looks like big gentle Dante is the peacekeeper.

Lisa + current cat said...

Great story! We love watching the cats' relationships. And we laughed when you once again caught Dylan mid-jump, and then Domino exiting the scene. She sure is a petite cat next to Dante.

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Love triangles are PURRty funny sometimes. I just love to watch the dynamics between our 8 kitties! 2's company 3 or more's a crowd???

Cats in trees said...

Great pictures of the cat interaction.