This is Malcolm From Downstairs.
Eric and Malcolm From Downstairs are sworn enemies. Malcolm’s the main reason why Eric needs to wear a harness when he goes outside: if they were allowed unrestricted access to one another, the result would be carnage!
So it was unusual for them to sit in such close proximity; although, as you can see, neither cat was feeling all that relaxed about the situation.
This is Eric studiously ‘ignoring’ his arch rival. Yeah right, Eric – you’re fooling no one!
Not wishing to be outdone, Malcolm From Downstairs demonstrates that he can give good ‘nonchalance’ too. Notice how Eric’s beginning to look more that slightly peeved…
Seconds after I put the camera down Malcolm From Downstairs made the grave mistake of attempting to sit on my lap, and Eric errupted into a jealous fury. Don’t worry, no one was hurt – thanks to the harness and leash.