Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tortie Tuesday - Hunt Week

Our extremely inventive friend Fin has named this week Hunt Week, so I definitely wanted to participate!



Unfortunately, Mommy is extremely busy at work because of the holidays, and she 'doesn't have time' to help me compose something new, so I'm reusing a post I did way back in April about lurking. Since lurking is a big part of hunting, I'll let this one slide. Here is my post from April:


Lurking

This weeks Tortie lesson is in lurking.

The difference between lurking and hiding is that with lurking, you actually want to eventually be discovered to intimidate your prey(we will discuss intimidation in an upcoming Tortie Tuesday) but only after it's too late for them to escape. Contrast in colors between your body and the area you are lurking in adds a nice touch of shock to the prey's initial horror at discovering the lurking Tortie. Imagine a mouse who innocently turns around and sees this staring back at them!



Another important factor for successful lurking is the expression on your face. I find the most effective way to produce terror in prey is to simply use the standard Tortie gaze of pure implacability. This look isn't just merciless; it's beyond mercy!



This is the face that the terrified prey will see just before its untimely demise. In this case, I was lurking up on Mommy who is far too large for any domestic cat, even a Tortie, to kill - but you get my drift.



This last photo demonstrates the hiding/lurking move - like a spider in a well concealed web. The bug (Samson) bounded upon a seemingly empty box to play in. Imagine his surprise when he peers over the edge of the box to find my unappeasable glare!




All this training is to keep myself in shape for the day when real prey dares to enter our home. In the meantime, Mommy, Samson, the Ball Guy and the occasional spider or moth will have to do.


Happy Tortie Tuesday!

Delilah
xoxo

21 comments:

The Paw Relations said...

Great Hunt Week post! We have learnt so much about lurking!

the casbah kitten said...

Wonderful lurking post! We love those expressions...gotta practice some of those.

Sorry your Mom is so busy...I think that's going around.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Great post!! You are a lurking pro.

The Creek Cats said...

You've got that lurking thing down, Delilah!! You have taught us some really great lessons!

By the way, did your mom stop by our zazzle store this morning? If so, our mom wants to say a THANK YOU!!!!!!

The Creek Cats said...

Our lips are sealed! Please let us know how your mom likes the gift when it arrives!! Thanks again!

The Island Cats said...

You sure know how to lurk!!!

Furkidsmom said...

You could be a professional lurker!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

SuziQCat said...

Delilah you are definitely ready for a real hunt!

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

You is a furry goods lurker. Our doggies lurks really and really goods. Us - not so much!

cclark0412 said...

You're great a lurking! The only prey in our house besides the occasional unfourtunate bug, is Mom... And if we lurk around her, she'll pick us up & give kisses... Oh, the humility! That woman doesn't realize we are a bunch of fierce mancats!!

Nico, Austin & JayJay :)

CCL Wendy said...

Wow Deli! You are pawsome! Those eyes of yours would terrify anything that came across the path of your gaze. They kind of scared me, too!

Sammy and Andy said...

We think you are totally and irrevocably PAWSOME, Deli!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxx

Angel and Kirby said...

Great hunting post!

Glogirly and Katie said...

What a great hunting post! The art of lurking should never be overlooked and you've pointed out some valuable tips that will take us far.

mew!
katie
(Glogirly's cat)

Glogirly and Katie said...

What a great hunting post! The art of lurking should never be overlooked and you've pointed out some valuable tips that will take us far.

mew!
katie
(Glogirly's cat)

BeadedTail said...

We're sorry your mommy is so busy but hopefully she has time to relax and enjoy the holidays and of course shop for you two!

Deli, we love your lurking lesson! You are a purrfessional and we learned a lot!

Ginger Jasper said...

You have taught us a lot there.. Thanks. LOved the tiny in the box shot.. HUgs GJ x

Eric and Flynn said...

You are a very good lurker and we can see you will make an excellent hunter.

LOKI said...

This is a great post! Nanny have learned so much. Even new words that she never heard before. Actually it's kind of sad.

Loki

Cats in trees said...

You really are a great lurker. We shall have to start practising that.

Fin said...

::Claps Paws:: This is awesome Deli, you are very impressive. Love the pictures of you and Samson in your youths.