For example, tonight.
Billy and Penwiper started making noises at each other at the top of the stairs, right outside my office. I grabbed the ever handy Mist of Doom, and mist first Penwiper, who takes the moist hint and backs off into the upstairs hall, and then zap Billy, who wisely decides down the stairs is a prudent (and dryer) place to go.
Only Penwiper decides Billy's orderly withdraw should be exploited. So he reverses direction and charges down the stairs after our Senior Prince.
Allow me to digress here and point out that Billy and Penwiper don't normally fight simply because Billy is not easily agitated. It's not he can't fight -- in his younger days he would regularly have typical littermate wrestling matches with his brother ... and win. He is also visibly larger than either Penwiper or Oscar.
So we had Penwiper the Doofus of Darkness versus Billy the Mighty Hunter on the landing of the stairs. The noise was impressive, it scared me sufficiently that I charged downstairs as fast I could to break it up after 20 seconds or so.
The result? A picture is worth a thousand words:
after 30 seconds of Billy explaining to PW
that attacking him is a really bad idea.
The good news is that PW only seems to have one or two minor scratches. His +2 Armor of Fluffiness saves his sorry self again.