Do a tabby's stripes speak to his heritage as a striped wildcat? And what wilder cat is there than a tiger? I think there is a bit of tiger in all domesticated kitties.
And then there's the lion -- King of all Cats! Dante also has traces of lion in him, not the least of which is his flowing main. Even dressed, that mane cannot be contained. And neither can the leonine instincts that still linger in our pampered pussycats.
Here you can detect Dante's telltale tabby "M" on his forehead.
And his mane is free and flowing all around his head.
Are these the vestiges of a lion or a tiger?
Dante is sporting the latest addition to his wardrobe -- a fiery
But lying down in jungle grasses, Dante looks much more lion-like, here. Of course, this is a suburban jungle, and Dante's on a leash.
Both the lion and the tiger in him sense that prey is near.
And the pupils widen his steely wildcat gaze.
Here lion meets tiger with Dante's mane touching the tiger's face -- symbolic of the synthesis that he is.
Dante's face now reveals he's just back to pussycat mode.
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So what do you think? Is Dante more lion or tiger? Or both?