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Dominance and Resignation
Photo of two cats sleeping

Even in sleep, Jaspurr exhibits dominant body language, while Bubba shows resignation in yielding.

photo © Franny Syufy
Bubba (the gray cat) is a 17+ YO alpha cat in retirement. He has willingly turned over his legacy to Jaspurr, three years old. Whether intentional or not, even at sleep, Jaspurr has asserted his dominance over Bubba with his back leg thrown over Bubba's neck. Bubba, in turn, gazes inward in apparent resignation. It should be noted that shortly after this photo was taken, they were engaging in mutual grooming, evidence that Bubba still retains control at times.

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