The following example is an illustration of this principle. Today, as I was lounging in the hall grooming my luxurious fur coat, the dog walked by within paw reach. And although I have repeatedly communicated to my cat slave (aka: owner) that this dog is an interloper who should be forced to move out of my house, I was generous and did not claw or bite the dog. I was then presented with an excellent new cat toy. Thus, for all you cats (and kittens) contemplating violence against your canine housemates, consider the potential rewards of generosity of spirit before you strike.