Kitten on Fire

Ana, the younger (and longer-haired) of my two cats, is definitely not the intellect of the family. She also loves  extreme heat. The other cat, Indah, finds this heater too hot to touch. Not so with Ana:

We also have a single fan heater, which is highly inefficient but great for spending thirty seconds warming just your feet. Since it glows prettily, this is a favourite for the beautiful Ana (we all look best under the gentle glow of firelight, real or simulated). And so it was that I turned on the fan heater and rather pointedly put my feet very close to it, so Ana could not lie down and block the warm air.

No problem for a cat, of course: she simply squeezed herself, snake-like, into the miniscule gap. Her fur tickled my feet pleasantly, so I didn’t stop her.

Not until I saw the smoke.

My first thought was that the heater, effectively smothered, was malfunctioning. I grabbed Ana away, and that’s when I realised the truth: Her far side was hot. Not merely “I’ve just been pressed up against a heater” hot, but “I’m on fire” hot. The pressure of my hand on her side put out the fire, and Ana looked at me reproachfully – as if to say, “Excuse me? That’s MY heater, and everything was going just FINE.”

We no longer leave her alone in a room if that heater is on.


Tomorrow: Spoiler-free review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

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2 thoughts on “Kitten on Fire

  1. Holy smoking cat batman! That’s not what you expect from a cat, even one that’s a few spoons short of a cutlery set.

    We had a cat years ago that decided she was going to mark her territory on a live power board…… I suspect there was a second or so delay as the liquid penetrated the board, but then ensued appropriate arcing noises and flashes of light – I was in onther room, and I heard and saw the arcing! Fortunately the main power switches for the house were inside, and I was able to flick the power off quickly. Said cat appeared unharmed (I’m sure she was putting on a front for her sudden audience) but we threw away the power board.

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