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Cats Are Basically Just Furry Jeeps: COTD

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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]

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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:

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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.

David concurs:

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.

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I wonder, what’s the pet equivalent of a Smart Fortwo? A bird? Have a great evening, everyone!

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EricTheViking
EricTheViking
9 months ago

I am surprised that California allows you to park the Jeep in various degree of disassembly and without the numberplates on the public car park.

In Germany, it’s a big no-no.

Gee See
Gee See
9 months ago
Reply to  EricTheViking

I think it is was at a private lot.

EricTheViking
EricTheViking
9 months ago
Reply to  Gee See

Thanks, but I prefer to hear it from the horse’s mouth, namely David’s…

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
9 months ago

So, when is David adopting the opossum?

Chris Moore
Chris Moore
9 months ago

I showed my wife the article yesterday and she said we needed a Jeep kitty to name “Beep Beep the Jeep Jeep”

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago

Yes DT’s evolution from rust eating junkyard refugee to Internationally famous kitty rescuer and animal rights spokesman has certainly been something to witness.

I fully expect him to next be seen soon on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Stranger shit has happened.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
9 months ago

Thanks for the nod! That’s my cat, B.C., inspecting the 2011-2012 UW Formula Motorsports T23 cCar. To his credit, he consistently lays down good lap times.

Last edited 9 months ago by Mike Harrell
Rich Hobbs
Rich Hobbs
9 months ago

Bumper sticker: Cats are just small people in fur coats!

Ben
Ben
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich Hobbs

Thanks for reminding me of that nightmare fuel in Cats when they took off their fur. 😛

Maymar
Maymar
9 months ago

Hey now, cats leave unwanted deposits in my back yard. The Jeep has kept its unwanted deposits to the driveway.

Rusty S Trusty
Rusty S Trusty
9 months ago

I wonder what the animal equivalent is to every car, actually. Tesla’s the easiest one since they use their customers as guinea pigs. Fiat already has their little mouse, Volvos are already moose (plural for moose), Lamborghini has their bulls, Alfa has their man eating serpent but what’s a VW or a Honda or a Chevrolet?

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
9 months ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

A diesel gate VW would be a skunk

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
9 months ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

Honda: sloth. Reliably slower than a snail. But sometimes they feed the sloth crystal meth.

VW: Hippopotamus. Slow, sleeps a lot, sometimes violently flings poo at you, will most definitely murder you or at least your wallet.

Chevrolet: Giant Panda. Keeps making horrible wrong-way bets on China, loves things that cannot actually provide nutritional benefit but refuses to eat anything else.

Ford: Striped Polecat. They wanted a skunk, but the process was typical Ford build quality. Also sprays evil smelling liquids all over friend and foe alike, convincing people to stay away – permanently.

Saab: Hyacinth Macaw. Incredibly brilliant, surprisingly fast, very blue, and the survivors are critically endangered.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
9 months ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

I guess Kias (true to their advertising) are hamsters. Small. Arguably cute. Low maintenance. Cheap enough to replace it when it dies because you forgot to feed it; which, to be fair, is too big of a responsibility for a 7-year-old girl, MOM!

Last edited 9 months ago by Pupmeow
Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
9 months ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

Can parsh be a bunny? I love bunnies. Both are usually round, a little puffy and adorable.

Zeppelopod
Zeppelopod
9 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

All the world will be your enemy, El-ahrairah, but if they cannot catch you, they cannot kill you.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
9 months ago

I think we need a supplemental daily entry of COTD; Cat Of The Day.

Artemis Mini
Artemis Mini
9 months ago

I’d like to see this daily entry COTD “Cat of the Day” too as showing the cat, the owner, and cat’s favourite car(s) of that owner. I would not mind more cat content regularly from The Catopian 😉

Last edited 9 months ago by Artemis Mini
Collegiate Autodidact
Collegiate Autodidact
9 months ago

Ha, better late than never! Especially since those comments are indeed eminently worthy of their status as COTDs (or COTYs.)

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