In less than a year, our fearless David Tracy has gone from a man living in a Detroit hovel filled with car parts, to Los Angeles in a place I assume has fewer car parts. Since then, David has transitioned from a caretaker of rusty Jeeps, to a caretaker of cats born in a Jeep. What an upgrade!
[Editor’s Note: Okay, this is actually Comment of the Yesterday, but we’ll try to be more on the ball today. I hope. – JT]
In our latest episode of Catopian, David described the life of a kitten born in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The poor creature has to battle searing hot Southern California temps, fleas, moving heavy machinery, an inconsistent supply of food, sickness, broken bones, a family of cats in various states of health, car parts all over, and oh yeah, a freaking opossum!
David found that the later he rescued each feral cat from the Jeep, the worse shape they were in. He finally extracted the fourth and final cat, Rusty, and he appeared to be in pretty rough shape. He was starving, he had gunk in her eyes, a respiratory infection, and Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis. Apparently, FHM is about as scary as it sounds as it means blood parasites.
Thankfully, the strong Autopian community has been there, helping David through this journey and cat crisis. With time, all four of those adorable kitties will be strong and happy. Though, perhaps it’s fitting, because maybe cats are like Jeeps and Jeeps are like cats? Parsko certainly makes a good argument for this:
Cat = Jeep. Got it.
Both purr like a kitten when maintained properly.
Both are 4 wheel drive.
Both are super fun to play with.
Both scream when not handled correctly.
Both, sometimes, need to be rescued.
Both, once rescued, will provide a long time of joy and excitement.
Both with leave carcasses on the front lawn (as evidenced from David’s Michigan home) for you to eventually clean up.
Neither like to be ignored for long periods of time without their being consequences.
Sometimes leak. Require lots of kitty litter.
Mike Harrell also gets a nod for this hilarious comment:
Fair warning: Cats will insist that you keep bringing home more cars for them. They are insatiable.
I wonder, what’s the pet equivalent of a Smart Fortwo? A bird? Have a great evening, everyone!