Cat Scratch Thursday

1aWhen Punk’n came to the front door almost eight years ago, he was howling. He was a kitten going on a teenager, and he was suffocating, starving and dehydrated. It seemed he had either run away from or been ditched by his former owners, who had strapped a black leather spiked collar – tightly – around his kitten neck. It must have been a month before he showed up at my place, or even longer, because the collar was now choking him.

I ran inside for scissors, ran back to the front steps where he was writhing, and in one quick move ran the scissors under the collar. The leather circle popped off, a band of skin rubbed hairless underneath.

He breathed, stumbled to his feet and immediately rubbed on my pants leg, purring. And he never left.

Punk’n’s influence on my life is possibly why I became so interested in a book published just before the new year: Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We ‘Catch’ Mental Illness, by Harriet A Washington. This was the paragraph that caught my attention:

“Torrey also noticed reports that schizophrenia rates rose in the United States the same year cat ownership became popular, a fact that has led researchers to look into Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that cats transmit to humans. It’s not harmful to everyone – though it appears to make those who harbor it more sexually aggressive.”

You mean that wild, totally unwarranted attraction to the roller-derby barmaid that I briefly endured in 2009 was Punk’n’s fault? OMG, yes!

@ THE GUARDIAN

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21 Responses to Cat Scratch Thursday

  1. Den says:

    They also have needle sharp claws and pointy teeth, the claws are for shredding your furniture and their teeth are for chewing your power cords, proving not all things fuzzy and cute are your friends. I must note that all kitties are not necessarily delinquents, some are very nice, choose wisely.

  2. David B. Benson says:

    Raining.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Not quite all over in Oregon.

  4. David B. Benson says:

    Spaghetti with marinara sauce as the primavera course at the Hillside Cafe.

  5. Den says:

    Tomorrows post is #3390, yikes, I might be OCD.

    I keep trying to drag in more bloggers kicking and screaming but it looks like folks prefer other social media nowadays, FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
    Blogs don’t matter I guess. 😦

    Dammit!

  6. Den says:

    Maybe I should rename it Dancing with Geniuses since everyone seems to think they are so smart nowadays, they couldn’t resist gloating over themselves.

    Or I could name it Dancing with Footballs, or Dancing with Midget Wrestlers?

    I do miss the fire and ferocity of the good old days.

  7. Den says:

    Time to gweet.

  8. º¿carol says:

    So, Den, did you go to the doctor today? What was the prognosis? Did he urge you to get your gallbladder removed?

    • Den says:

      Different Doc, no Gall Bladder removal mention, have to poo in a cup tho for further examination and of course the squirts are letting up this AM. Colonoscopy scheduled.

  9. º¿carol says:

    It was kind of sleeting when I went out around 9:00 p.m. Going to be icy everywhere in the morning. I sent a warning text to Jill that she will see in the morning. Once a mother, always a mother.

  10. David B. Benson says:

    Percussion/jazz concert over.

    So is the rain.

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