Gabriel Play Fight With His Shadow

This is the classic pre-fight standoff – making yourself look bigger – defensive mode. We know kittens do this quite a lot and Gabriel is no different. What is, perhaps, a bit different is that he is doing it with his own shadow.

He does it a lot in the morning on the bed. It is a bit dark because the shadow on the wall is cast by a reading lamp, which I use when reading books while preparing some of the articles.

Kitten play, as we know, is all about hunting and fighting. It is preparation for that. It happens instinctively.

Play fighting comes instinctively to humans too. Look at all the hugely popular war video games which are becoming increasingly realistic. It is a bit worrying. For a cat it is simply about preparation for survival. For people it is about something quite different.

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14 Responses

  1. Leah says:

    Aw bless him he has so come on hasn’t he? I love that last bit when he has him bum in the air flicking his tail so reminds me of the behaviour of squirrels 🙂

  2. dmricciardi says:

    oh my goodness!!! that is just so hilarious — and adorable!!!! gotta love it!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  3. Dee (Florida) says:

    You should call him Ninja G!

  4. NANCY SCHWOPE says:


  5. Dee (Florida) says:

    He’s good at puffing up.
    I have a big, old mirror that I’ll prop against a wall sometimes so my cats see even more cats. I think it’s interesting that no cat recognizes themself or their housemates in a mirror.

  6. Barbara says:

    That really made me smile, bless him.

  7. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    lol what a lovely video, it’s so nice to see Gabriel happily playing. Kittens are so funny when they try to look big and brave.

  8. Cindy Shepard says:

    I so enjoyed this, this morning. Great way to start a day! Gabriel is so darn cute.

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