Domestic house cats are only distantly related to the big cats of Africa.
Every now and then, we get to see a bit of evolution take a step back, to when house cats were more closely related to the big cats.
Hobbes, who happens to be a year old today, is trying to decide which prey to take on.
The chickens and the doe are both at the proverbial "watering hole" (pile of veggie/fruit scraps from my kitchen).
In the wild, the leopard would survey the situation and figure out which prey he'd be more likely to overpower and drag up a tree.
Hobbes, being only distantly related to that cat, makes the wrong decision.
The doe isn't having any part in Hobbes' role playing and stands her ground.
After he figures out that he's made a mistake, she wanders off to take a nap with last year's fawn.
Here, Hobbes makes the better choice.
Luckily for all involved, he only takes pleasure in scattering the chickens.
They know he's little more than a tornado in a teapot.
The chickens are not in any danger, but Hobbes like to pretend they are.
photo courtesy of http://www.takeawalkonthewildside.net/
Hobbes does nap like a leopard though.
He also purrs like one.
Maybe they are more closely related on important matters like sleep and happy noises.