Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Scientific Method

Down here in the Tropics, winter is beating a hasty retreat. While the evenings are still nice and cool, the days are creeping into the mid to upper 80's, and the Kitties-O-The-Apocalypse have gone into fur production overdrive. Now our two darlings belong to the class of critter amusingly referred to as 'domestic short hair' cats. I say amusingly because were I to extrapolate their appearance based solely on the amount of fur I vacuum up off the floor on a now daily basis, they should both look like this:

However, that is not the case. Despite the rapidly increasing temperatures they both seem to look more like this:

And to be perfectly honest, Starbuck tends more toward this look, especially as the clock approaches mealtime:

Therefore, the only conclusion I can come to is that a cat's metabolism must be more than 90% dedicated to fur production. This explains why both of them can jettison at least twice their own body weight in fur daily, yet not lose one bit of fluffiness. This also explains why they spend so much time asleep. Fur generation and expulsion can take a lot out of today's active cat.

So there you have it, folks. Another of life's mysteries explained. You're welcome.

Dr. Marius

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