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April 1, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

FELINE THERAPY....Ah, yes. The pros and cons of having a cat when you're sick.

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My cat used to get sick when he had some kind of illness. One time he was sitting on the sidewalk and started having thes great heaving convulsions and a kind of stream of some milky fluid jetted out of him as from a little hose. He was alright after that. Another time he was sitting in the middle of my mothers' bed when he sat up made a sound that sounded exactly like 'wrrrretch!' and three or four large black steaming globs landed smack on her pillow.

This was just after I'd changed his name to Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Posted by: cld on April 1, 2006 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

I have an electrified doormat outside my bedroom door that keeps my wife's cat, the evil Chairman Meow, outside. I don't know what you liberals see in those prickly puke tossing fur balls.

Posted by: Al on April 1, 2006 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

The other day you posted a picture of inkblot solus. Washington Monthly is now lopsided. We demand Jasmine.

Posted by: dunno on April 1, 2006 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

My wife and I have five dogs and two cats. The cats are brother and sister, they just turned eleven. The girl, Daisy, rules the house with an iron paw. When either my wife or I get sick, we have a love in with all the animals lying nearby for moral support, but Daisy is the head nurse and stays at hand without being intrusive.

As for you Al, cats and dogs tend to only show affection for warm-blooded animals.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on April 1, 2006 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

Some years ago I had a serious attack of hip bursitis combined with severe spasms in surrounding muscles, probably brought on by trying to move some bulky stuff into the attic by myself. For about 24 hours I could do nothing but lie in bed and moan. My boy-cat Lao perched on the corner of the bed the entire time, only moving to eat or visit the box. He kept the vigil until I finally gave in, took some painkillers and visited the doc; thus he earned my undying devotion.

Posted by: editer on April 1, 2006 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

Another cat post. Anything to divert attention from the pathetic Democrat party slide into oblivion. "Look, a putty-tat!"

Posted by: egbert on April 1, 2006 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

When my father came home from heart surgery I thought he didn't look that bad, considering, but the cat was just astonished. Wouldn't leave him alone.

They can see things we can't.

Posted by: cld on April 1, 2006 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

"Anything to divert attention from the pathetic Democrat party slide into oblivion"

Oh, meow... Anything to keep attention on the pathetic non-stop spin cycle that substitutes for a government these day. The one thing you frauds can't actually handle is scrutiny, so just be thankful that real people have other things to talk about every once in a while.

Meanwhile, get a fucking life, you nitwit.

Posted by: Kenji on April 1, 2006 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Ya Know I like Cats Well Enough, I have a Cat and a Dog.
Know what?
They Can't Read.
They Dont Give a Crap what I write about them either. So Do they Care about Politics? Naw. TV? Nope? The Washington Paper? Only to crap on.

So WTF is it about CATS that Correlate to Politics?
Sure My Cat chokes on Hairballs, just as Duhbya Chokes on Pretzels I fail to see the 'Politics'
And I WONDER why I Am even readina about a CAT, and that someone pays you to write about YOUR CAT?
Get a GRIP!

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 1, 2006 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Yeh one time my cat got so dehydrated you could pull his skin out away from his back and it would stay that Way...
AND THE POINT IS??????

WTF??

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 1, 2006 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

I have an electrified doormat outside my bedroom door that keeps my wife's cat, the evil Chairman Meow, outside. I don't know what you liberals see in those prickly puke tossing fur balls.
Posted by: Al on April 1, 2006 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

AL are you aware that your beloved neo-cons are actually neo-feudalists? And that AL is 'Liberal' you twisted Troll Hack, WTFU you stupid Neo-Liberal and smell Bushies Underwear, because that what you Smell, that CRAP, IS YOUR NEO-CONS.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 1, 2006 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

I think ALs wife actually uses the Doormat to keep AL out

Posted by: Dick Don and Paul on April 1, 2006 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

we flew back from Tokyo to NC yesterday. jet lagged, i stayed up till three thirty, trying to get tired. the cat was really happy to see us, after two weeks, and started licking my face at 5:00am.

finally, at 6:30, i relented and got up.

yay for cats.

Posted by: cleek on April 1, 2006 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

My boy-cat Lao perched on the corner of the bed the entire time, only moving to eat or visit the box. He kept the vigil until I finally gave in, took some painkillers and visited the doc; thus he earned my undying devotion.

From the cats I know, I suspect he was waiting to see if you weakened to the point where he could eat you.

I'm on good terms with the neighborhood cats (our dog isn't), but I'm glad I don't have one in the house. I wish the neighbors kept their cats indoors--the busy street nearby has been the bane of more than one.

Posted by: tbrosz on April 1, 2006 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

Cats love it when you're sick enough to stay home, because they get lots of extra attention. Plus, you might be bored (or groggy) enough to keep refilling their food dish all day. And if you're running a fever, even better, because then you're warmer than usual: sleeping on a feverish human is almost as good as basking in the sun.

At one point in my life, I had three cats. They loved me, but hated one another. I was very sick once, could barely get out of bed; and they all parked themselves in bed with me - but strategically arranged so they couldn't see one another. Jazz was snuggled into my right armpit, Ariel had my left side, and Copper was between my knees. If I so much as twitched, they'd notice one another, and WWIII would threaten to break out right there upon my feverish, cough-wracked, congested body.

Posted by: CaseyL on April 1, 2006 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with Al and tbrosz. The fact the liberals take orders from aloof furry 10 pound psychopaths isn't a good omen for your chances in November.

Posted by: Egbert on April 1, 2006 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

I was laid up in bed for about 4 months back in '02 - and I learned my true calling in life - kitty cushion!

Posted by: Andy on April 2, 2006 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

Egbert, I don't know what you're talking about. I'm a liberal, and I hate cats. Although, I have to admire anyone who names theirs the evil Chairman Meow.

For that little gem, I might have to take a few pins out of my Al voodoo doll.

Posted by: craigie on April 2, 2006 at 12:15 AM | PERMALINK

I'm a liberal, and I hate cats.

Every day, I find myself falling more in love with you.

P.S. Fake Al, I laughed at Chairman Meow, too!

Posted by: shortstop on April 2, 2006 at 12:40 AM | PERMALINK

Cat, 16yrs, sick most of it, attached herself to me when she felt my daughter kick inside of my wife, didn't like my daughter much from that day on. Always jumped into my lap and crushed my nuts right in the middle of a nap, left the stinkin-est cat box. Her name was Mergatroid. She was one of my kids for 16 yrs. I was allergic to her the entire time. Bought a wood burning kit to turn a chunk of landscaping timber into a memorial to her. I needed closure. Cats are cool.

Posted by: Lurker on April 2, 2006 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

Cat, 16yrs, sick most of it, attached herself to me when she felt my daughter kick inside of my wife, didn't like my daughter much from that day on. Always jumped into my lap and crushed my nuts right in the middle of a nap, left the stinkin-est cat box. Her name was Mergatroid. She was one of my kids for 16 yrs. I was allergic to her the entire time. Bought a wood burning kit to turn a chunk of landscaping timber into a memorial to her. I needed closure. Cats are cool.
Posted by: Lurker
Lurker 42 actualy

Posted by: Lurker42 on April 2, 2006 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

"Jazz was snuggled into my right armpit, Ariel had my left side, and Copper was between my knees. If I so much as twitched, they'd notice one another, and WWIII would threaten to break out right there upon my feverish, cough-wracked, congested body."
Posted by: CaseyL

Thanks for the laugh Casey

Posted by: Lurker42 on April 2, 2006 at 1:08 AM | PERMALINK

Friend of mine scored on a girl with a cat. Woke up naked with a cat known for the scratching frenzy,sitting on his crotch.

No getting dressed and leaving for him.

Posted by: McA on April 2, 2006 at 3:35 AM | PERMALINK

P.S. Fake Al, I laughed at Chairman Meow, too!
Posted by: shortstop

My ex beat 'em to it by a good 25 years. Ginger tabby we eventually lost to stomach cancer.

Posted by: CFShep on April 2, 2006 at 9:43 AM | PERMALINK

I have a cat and a dog, which made matters even worse when I was down with a horrid flu a month ago. At least the dog didn't crawl all over me--he just tried to wrestle and kept trying to lick my face.

Posted by: NTodd on April 2, 2006 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, yes. The pros and cons of having a cat when you're sick.

Pro: they will lap up your puke.
Con: they will plant their asshole on your pillow.

/Dog person.

Posted by: jerry on April 2, 2006 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

Had a serious meeting with my advisor the other day, while his three young, hyperactive cats climbed all over us. One kept climbing onto my shoulder, sticking her butt in my face and her tail in my mouth while I was trying to hold up my end of a tricky debate. I kept losing it and cracking up--I wish I had a video of the whole thing. Cats are endlessly entertaining, even when they're being thoroughly annoying.

Posted by: Jess on April 3, 2006 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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