We’ve noticed the behavior of the Honduran cat is quite a bit different than its cousins in the
United States. I’m convinced that the selective pressures on the house cat here in
Honduras have created a more skittish, and of course skinny animal in comparison. It makes complete sense if you think about it. The typical American house cat is usually neutered or spade, lies around the house all day watching TV, and snacking on kibbles and bits. Occasionally, it looks out the window at the birds and fantasizes about its ancestors’ wild bird hunts. After a few minutes, it’s time for another nap. The resulting obese animals are lazy, confident, big princes (and princesses).
Honduras there are so many dangers. Wild dogs roam around, snakes and scorpions are all over the place, its difficult to find food, and of course there are bitter battles for dominance with other cats. In fact, our youngest cat, Nacho, has been regularly hunted by a large tom cat in the area. His response is like no other I have seen before in my extensive experience with house cats. When attacked, he releases his bowels all over the place. During the last attack, he tried to crawl up between our window and the window bars. The hunter followed him and our dear Nacho let loose an explosion of cat poop all over the window. It is either an ingenious defense mechanism, or he is literally having the shit scared out of him. Whatever it is, it sure is does create quite a scene. We thought this was a one time occurrence, but it has happened on every occasion of a fight. Now when we hear Nacho howling in another fight, we yell “Oh Shit!” We are concerned about Nacho, but we may be more concerned about where we’ll find the poop splatter.
We are going to try to smuggle little Nacho to the States with us. Right now we are working on a counterfeit passport. We think it will be fun to have a little illegal alien in our household. Just wait until those American cats meet their Hondureño cousin. It will be a blast (or possibly a splatter)!
Nacho poses for his passport picture.