🔸 The Pussy Chronicles: The Case of the Wet Pussy🔸
It's double digits below zero when I came home the other night. We have barn cats, which are really garage cats because we don't have a barn and homeless kittens found us and I shamelessly bribed them with food to stick around and not become fox or hawk food. I always do a head count as I go into the house because we live in the country and life's hard for outdoor animals. Initially, I'm one short and it's not even the mama cat, who's a mighty hunter that gophers whisper about to scare their baby gophers into going to sleep at night. I turn around and there's a sopping wet, literally freezing to death cat. I didn't even know she was wet until I petted her and my glove stuck to her head. Her fur was covered in ice crystals.
It's ten below zero. ❄️ ❄️ This is the second time this has happened. Where are they finding anything liquid in this weather?!?!? I thought maybe they crawled into an engine, but they are soaked from nose to the tip of their tail. The heat lamp in the garage doesn't put out enough heat to dry her. So, I bring her inside and ask my kids to bring me a scrap towel. They bring three different dish towels... I take the kitty into the bedroom to get an old scrap of something and find both my husband and a beach towel--not together. As I wrap Jelly Bean in the towel, I tell Mr. J that I have a wet pussy for him. Because why have all these cats if I can't make a thousand pussy puns?
When I called my mom and told her about my heroic kitty save, we're pondering how she got wet. I mentioned that maybe Jelly Bean was crouched under a vent and Mom remembered reading an article about animals hunkering down under vents kicking out wet moisture and freezing to death. Guess what was running? Our dryer.
Now, because we're suckers for our cats, we do extra kitty welfare checks when we run the dryer during cold spells, or skip it all together, which the kids love.
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