Monday, August 16, 2010

MANCAT MONDAY WITH DANTE: LION OR TIGER?

Dante is a tabby cat with orange tabby stripes.  They are difficult to purrceive on the parts of him that are swathed in layers of long and luscious fur, but they are indeed there.

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
 Tiger T!


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.




(Biggify for full effect)

So what do you think?  Is Dante more lion or tiger?  Or both?




16 comments:

The Paw Relations said...

We're loving the tiger top Dnate. We think there's a little of both in every cat!

Cat said...

It's very hard, you make good arguments for both!

Yes I see the "M" on Dante's forehead, but that mane is a force to be reckoned with...therefore my vote has to go to LION!

Sammy and Andy said...

You look so very regal, Dante, so we have to vote for lion. xxxxxxxxxxx

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Dante, I think you are the king of kings--no matter how you look at it!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We think Dante is a bit of both - tiger stripes and lion mane - what are those - Ligers, which are part lion part tiger! We think he is cute either way (and especially in his cute hoodie!)

chezcat1970 said...

We think he's a Liger! MOL!

Anonymous said...

Handsome Dante - My vote is lion ! By the way, your mane is something else !

Eva & Gracie's Mom

The Monkeys said...

You're an amazing example of all types of felines, Dante!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Your photos show you 'dressed to impress' and wow, do you! We heard a few snorts from Teri too, hahameow!

Noll's Nip said...

Dante, you are FIERCE.

I think you are a Tigerlion ;)

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh, no doubt about it...LION! Dante has an incredible coat. Scouty is hoping his Winter fur comes in like Dante's...he kinda considers Dante his Role Model. Even though Scouty is half his size...a Cat's gotta dream!

Jacqueline said...

We think he is the best of both=Dante is an amazingly gorgeous boy...We are always impressed with him when we visit=we all have a big crush!!:blushing:...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

He is surely a LIGER!

The Island Cats said...

We like that term...suburban lion! That's how we think of you, Dante! And we love your tiger shirt!!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Whether he is a lion or a tiger doesn't matter - he's very handsome anyways.

cats of wildcat woods said...

Lion for sure!