for about two days the cat adopted this weird way of sitting, with his front paws on the outside of his back paws, stoic like a gargoyle. look at the picture above and imagine upward: his face staring straight ahead, unblinking. also lately when he wants to go outside, he meows in this way like he's being abused, like he's oppressed and angry. this has happened ever since he brought the dead mouse inside and we took it away from him. i think we violated a primal cat code.

he sleeps beside me and not at my feet now. he has taken to retiring to the closet again, during the day, because it's so hot. we take his collar off at night, once it's gotten too dark for him to go outside, and he has learned what this nakedness means. he settles down then, after his collar is off. his face is still sweet.