Last night, I spotted Egypt during her usual routine prior to beating up one of the other cats...my radar immediately went on the alert. So, she began with the usual, hunching up her back, back hair and tail entirely erect, and began side-stepping over to her intended victim, but that was just it. I was perceiving it to be her victim, she was perceiving it to be her playmate
She's been exhiting this behavior for some time and because she's so rough during play, I really thought it was aggressive, but it's not at all. It's how kittens get each other to play socially. I wish I could apologize to her for all the scolding, squirting, and time outs during these past months. I feel terrible and to make it all worse, she still continues to love me unconditionally. I feel like a big doofus for misreading her in such a way. I will confess it's hard not to unless you know what to look for. All their tumbling about always ends up in someone yeowling in submission and Egypt is always on top with that wild kitty look in her eye.
Maybe some extra treats tonight or exclusive couch privileges just for her? I feel as if I need to make this up somehow.
I'd also like to point out that I found the real intent behind this type of behavior from an old cat forum thread so please accept my sincere thanks to all of you who regularly post on this forum for all your great advice...just goes to show it's never too late to learn new things!