Tucker is fully recovered from his surgery. He’s a little pickier about his soft-food now but other than that, he is well. How do I know? He’s been playing practical jokes on his siblings.
I have noticed two examples of this behaviour, one before the surgery and one after. It is a simple prank. The litter-boxes are located in a store-room, the door to which is always kept ajar. On two occasions, when a cat has gone into the store-room for the necessary event, Tucker has stationed himself behind the door. When the cat emerges, the roly poly one startles him or her, then runs off.
I first saw it done with Cammie. The princess doesn’t have a deep sense of humour. She knows how to enjoy herself but if she were human, laughter would not be her predominant activity. When she came out of the store-room, Tucker leaped at her, and though no contact was made, it caused Cammie to jerk back, flatten her ears and hiss violently. She thinks herself under attack even in the most benign circumstances, and this was not those. The prank nearly gave her a seizure. Tucker, however, gamboled off to the sitting room, well satisfied with his joke.
After his dental operation, Tucker recovered reasonably swiftly, and later that week, I observed Renn go to the litter-boxes. Tucker took up his place behind the door. My big boy’s reaction was not as jarring as Cammie’s, though he did jump a bit. This did not appear to appease the joker, for he lunged at Renn again a second or two later, effecting a verbal complaint from the big boy. This was good enough for Tucker, who then trotted away again, to chuckle over his misdeed.
I initially thought of remonstrating with the roly poly sausage over his conduct. But I knew it wouldn’t do any good. Besides, I am gone at least nine hours out of every workday. What I had witnessed surely had transpired during one of my absences. Yet I have not come home to blood and bodies. So the beasts are surviving Tucker’s antics. And I’ve seen both his victims get back at him in one form or another, so the universe retains its equilibrium. And I get a chuckle out of the joker.