The first time I saw it happen I flew into a panic yelling, “GABRIEL!!! NO!!!”, because I actually thought he was starting to eat the cat. But once I realized that of the three of us, the only one freaking out was me, I calmed down.
Then it occurred to me that maybe I was seeing things…because after all…wouldn’t Evie be the first one to go all Hibachi Chef on Gabriel and run away if he really were trying to eat her or causing her harm?
Now something that Gabe does do to Evie that we’ve become accustom to is nibbling.
The second time I saw this happen I didn’t panic any less but I think I felt better somehow for realizing I wasn’t seeing things. It really was happening.
I felt even better when I realized that Evie seem perfectly fine with it.
Since there’s not one hint of aggression from Gabe and Evie seems to take it in stride, I’ve grown to accept it as just another dynamic to their relationship but I would still love to know why it happens. Is it just dominance?
I mean, once you’ve verified that the cats head actually does fit into your mouth, why would you continue to do it several times throughout the day?
If anyone wants to offer up their best Cesar Millan explanation, I’d be more than happy to hear what you think.