Catriangulation – the instinctive ability of a domestic feline to select a location that will block all movement in a room.
I observed earlier this week that Athena knows precisely where to lie in my bedroom so as to block all motion. You cannot go in or out either door, or open the closet, or access the bookshelves or bed without having to avoid Her Royal Lowness. This is especially effective in the morning darkness, when she tucks her white paws under her chest and lowers her head, making herself…. invisible.
The above feline was stopping traffic—pedestrian—on the steep climb up to Quedlinburg Abbey church and cloister. And was quite pleased about this, as you can tell. He studiously ignored any and all attempts to encourage relocation.
It seems Maulbronn Abbey, a Cistercian establishment in southwestern Germany, also has a feline traffic manager.
I met the Klosterkatz (cloister cat) on a very steep flight of old wooden stairs leading up to the top of the inner wall. Maulbronn was fortified and had an outer wall, moat, and inner wall. I had trotted up the very vertical stairs in order to see what could be seen, and met a feline. Said cat rubbed on my leg, as cats are wot to do.
Those had been clean pants. The cat expressed great delight at meeting someone on the steps and insisted on leaving a small token of its approval. And I was not going any farther until proper attention had been paid to the Cloister Cat.