I live with five cats. They are all quirky in their own way, but there is one thing that I can't figure out. My boy cat, who exhibits no alpha cat characteristics whatsoever, has a strange routine he does every so often. I think he's trying to play, but the other cats have such a weird reaction to this, I am wondering what you all might thing about this.
He will stand about three feet away from one of the other cats and stare. Then, he will slowly move while keeping eye contact. Probably seen as aggression by the other cat, who will just sit there and look confused that Sir Meeps a Lot is being aggressive. He moves closer and closer. The other cat starts to cower, even the alpha cat of the house.
Slowly, he lifts up one paw. Finally, he meeps like a kitten. Just one meep.
The other cat will freak out, scream, and either run away or lie there unable to move. A few minutes later, he gallops around the apartment and resumes normal behavior.
What is going on here and/or what does "meep" mean in this context? I'm guessing it's the ultimate in four letter words?