|public domain,thanks wikimedia commons|
I hate stories like this. But you can see that for that one brief period in his infancy he had one portrait painted showing him as blessed and wise beyond his years, indicative of the worshipful love the Russian people had for their Tsars. I think I am right in saying Ivan's right hand is making a gesture of blessing. No year-old child would normally do that - but they would and do grab pet cats by the ear. What an interesting mix this is of the iconic and the natural. I hope he at least got to keep that cat a while.