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The Situation With The Kittens Living In My ‘Holy Grail’ Jeep Grand Cherokee Has Gotten Out Of Hand

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Realizing the glory of the rare manual transmission sold in only 1,400(ish) 1993 and 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokees, a cat climbed onto that gearbox earlier this summer and slithered into my Jeep through the shifter hole in the floor. Then it gave birth to four button-cute kittens, which were playing in the back of my Jeep just before I left for Germany two weeks ago. Now I’m back and three cats are gone! One remains in there along with an ugly-tailed monster!

Flying to Germany two weeks ago and leaving LA for a bit resulted in a lot of missed opportunities; I lost out on a chance to buy a great Ultravan RV (the seller bailed on me just before I left, then sold it while I was gone — womp womp), and three of the four kittens in my Jeep flew the coop! It’s okay, as that’s just nature’s way, and the kittens were getting big and energetic; it was only a matter of time. Look at these rascals just prior to my departure!:

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I spent fewer than two weeks in Germany, and the situation turned into a thorough shitshow:

 

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A possum!

The weird thing was that, upon arriving at the scene, I observed the mother cat, whom I’ve named Zee, sitting about a foot away from the possum, just watching it eat. There was no meowing or hissing — everyone seemed to be getting along great.

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As I approached the Jeep, Zee hopped out, but the possum continued chowing down. The thing seemed total indifferent towards me; I knocked on my Jeep window hard, but the marsupial just sat there in the cargo area of my Holy Grail and ate catfood. Not a care in the world!

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Eventually the possum scurried into the pile of spare parts that I’d shoehorned into the Jeep prior to towing it from my old house in Michigan to my current location near LA. This caused a minor issue: The kitten was also buried in that pile of parts! The photo above shows the kitten in the back of the Jeep the night prior.

 

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Upon seeing the possum, the kitten darted to the window sill on the driver’s side and prepared to take a leap of faith.

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Having never left the Jeep, the kitten hesitated and — just before jumping to the ground — it changed its course and climbed onto the driver’s side mirror, and then onto the hood. Then it saw me, a much larger, two-legged monster:

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As I approached, the kitten quickly climbed onto the passenger’s side mirror and decided to take its chances with the possum versus having to hang out with a balding car-nut. Can’t say I blame it.

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I saw the possum’s tail on the passenger’s side floorboard, though I then quickly turned away and before I knew it, it was scurrying out of the Jeep and towards the storage areas on the outer edges of the parking lot.

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The kitten I later saw sitting on the dashboard. I went back the following night and, well…

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There’s more Catopian content to come. I’m still trying to capture the other three to give this little kitty a friend and because I want them all immunized and fixed to keep that colony in check, but that’s for another day. My friend got bitten by this little kitten, whom we’ve named Jaws and who is actually quite pleasant when not cornered in a messy Jeep, so we have to handle that. And we have to get Jaws socialized a bit more, as it’s currently a certified Scaredy-Cat, but again: More on this later.

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Sandy Eggo
Sandy Eggo
11 months ago

I’d expect nothing less from David “The Situation Has Gotten Out Of Hand” Tracy.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
11 months ago

In your best David Attenborough voice:

“Here, in the suburban wilderness of Southern California, an ecosystem unlike no other persists.

Barren asphalt with diurnal temperature ranges in excess of 70 degrees would be intolerable for most domestic cats, but in this corner of the galpin desert a feline subspecies native to these parts, formally known as Felis cherokius, thrives on a diet of rotting cardboard, discarded In-n-Out burgers, and the occasional bowl of water from well-meaning humans.

Their symbiotic relationship with an introduced population of Opossum has, until now, never been documented in the wild. Little is known of the vehicular preferences of the Didelphis virginiana, as within their home range few vehicles last long enough for these pioneering mammals to colonize. However, new research suggests that a shared love of manual window cranks, unusual spare tire hangers, and surprisingly limited corrosion brought both opossums and cats together. It has been suggested that this collaboration may result in a functioning vehicle far sooner than would otherwise be the case if things were left to David Tracy, but the evidence is so far inconclusive.

What we do know is that over time this special environment will inevitably degrade, the mounting weight of feces, spare parts, and ‘unique’ accessories adding to the strain on an already tired habitat. But for now, at least until it actually becomes a Holy Grail overloading rig, this iconic sliver of nature can survive.”

Last edited 11 months ago by Amberturnsignalsarebetter
...getstoneyII
...getstoneyII
11 months ago

You spent way too much mental energy on this one.

...getstoneyII
...getstoneyII
11 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Just like you sporting one snowboarding glove in LA for some reason:) hahaha

Torque
Torque
11 months ago
Reply to  ...getstoneyII

Glove is highly logical. Kittens have very sharp little claws & teeth

10001010
10001010
11 months ago

Possums suffer from Fleshy Tail Syndrome. Animals with bushy tails are all cute and cuddly but any animal comes along with a fleshy tail and it’s suddenly disgusting. Look at the squirrel for instance, essentially just a tree rat, but it has a big bushy tail so it’s cute.

That said, you need to quit leaving catfood in you vehicles.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
11 months ago
Reply to  10001010

Opossums are fighting on the front lines of the war against Lyme disease too – we should be celebrating the evil-looking little weirdos for their services to humanity, cute or not!

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
11 months ago

Those things are so damn creepy. Yuck!

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago

I used to think the same, not anymore. They won me over. Give them a chance and they’ll win you over too.

Protodite
Protodite
11 months ago

That top image is just straight Liartown USA

Last edited 11 months ago by Protodite
Dodsworth
Dodsworth
11 months ago

My sister has cats. Sigh. The neighbors cat used to hang out on her front porch so of course she would feed it. One day she looked out to see the cat and an opossum sharing the cat food. Eventually the opossum would turn up every night around 8:00 and peer in the window, waiting for food. It got to where the critter would hang out on the hand rail and nap whenever she sat on the porch. This lasted a few months and then it moved on, hopefully. They’e scary looking but quite docile. Opossums, not sisters.

Brian O'Neill
Brian O'Neill
11 months ago

I keep waiting for the article titled “Spirit Halloween thought my Jeep was abandoned and turned it into a pop up store!” with a big “Spirit Halloween” banner hanging across the back window.

...getstoneyII
...getstoneyII
11 months ago

Jeez, DT! I know you are clean and (almost always) sober, but you live your life like someone perpetually two months out of inpatient rehab. You are an absolute maniac and it’s hilarious!

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
11 months ago
Reply to  ...getstoneyII

You are right about that. Sort of half expecting to see DT as a defendant on The Peoples Court one day. Charges to include Running an unlicensed animal homeless shelter, and Operating an unlicensed junkyard.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
11 months ago

Aww

Get rid of the possum ASAP (humanely) because unlike adult cats, they will pee and poop all over its new domicile and you will *not* be able to get the smell out.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago

Dude that ship sailed months ago.

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago

This is an opossum, not a possum. There are no possums in North America.

This is a pet peeve of mine because growing up in Australia my mum called me “Possum” as a pet name for me as a kid, hopefully because Aussie possums are cute and so was I back then. So I resent when people call these ugly things possums.

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Thank you. I got smarter today.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Your complaint has been read and considered. But this is America son, and we do shit differently.
Most southern folks consider it pretentious to spell it with the “o” at the front. We spell it like it sounds here. POSSUM. Just like God intended.
As Jed would say, “that’s some good eaten’ there Jethro.”

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

You could compromise on ‘possum. Of course extraneous punctuation will get you shot in LA (Lower Alabama).

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
11 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

There is no compromise to be considered. We learnt good after you yankee bastards screwed us over the first time. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, won’t get fooled agin.
Now go away before we taunt you a second time…

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Anyway:

“… just like Opossums, Possums will pee and poop all over its new domicile and you will *not* be able to get the smell out.”

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

To be fair… opossums are very cute when they’re young.

Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago

The kitten were cute, but I generally hate cats so personally find the opossum cuter…

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
11 months ago

Yes they are!

That guy
That guy
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

I hear the American possums are quite tasty

Brian O'Neill
Brian O'Neill
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

According to Merriam-Webster:
Both possum and opossum correctly refer to the Virginia opossum frequently seen in North America. In common use, possum is the usual term; in technical or scientific contexts opossum is preferred. 

Also of note, the Australian possum was named so because of it’s resemblance to the Virginia opossum. And both terms “possum” and “opossum” were used for the Virginia opossum dating back to the early 1600’s.

tl;dr Yankees came up with the names opossum/possum and Aussies tried to steal and whitewash it’s history.

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian O'Neill

That tracks, we are criminals after all.

Brian O'Neill
Brian O'Neill
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

As opposed to Americans who committed high treason.

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian O'Neill

I mean, go big or go home.

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian O'Neill

It ain’t high treason if you get away with it.

Just sayin’….

Ron888
Ron888
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian O'Neill

Hey,we didnt steal nothin.And dont let that long list of former kiwi movie stars or bulgarian weightlifters tell you otherwise

Last edited 11 months ago by Ron888
EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
11 months ago

“God sends Opussum to warn local man against Jeep ownership. Local man continues to disregard God’s will for “Holy Grail” Jeep. More @ 11”

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago

And on the fourth day God created the opossum and feline and gave them dominion over the rot of the seats and the rust of the frame. And it was good.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
11 months ago

Better get that overlander project finished before it’s declared an official wildlife refuge or protected habitat.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago

It’s california, we’re probably too late for that.

Ron888
Ron888
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

OOF.Hilarious

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
11 months ago

Why drive into the wilderness when you can just collect it in your car?

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago

Hate to break it to you, but the situation was out of hand the second wild animals moved into your freaking car!

sentinelTk
sentinelTk
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

Back it up a tiny bit and I think we crossed the threshhold at “new boss’s want my junk car out of the parking lot.”

Scott
Scott
11 months ago

First time I saw a possum (which is how I choose to spell it) I was alone, walking down a quiet suburban street in Pasadena and saw this THING walking right down the middle of the sidewalk TOWARDS me, without an apparent care in the world (not about me, anyway). This was my first time you see, and though some part of me knew what it was, it still sort of looked like a huge, mutated, partially hairless (and probably sentient) rat.

Of course and out of an abundance of prudence, I crossed the street to walk on the other side, just as if it were a bunch of rowdy street toughs and I was a dowdy matron or something. And this was years ago, when I was still limber enough to run if necessary.

David, your video clip about this is delightful. If you’re not already doing so, perhaps consider putting it on Youtube after you agree to whatever terms they insist on to monetize the video. I can’t help but think the clip would earn you enough $ over a year or two to pay for as set of i3 tires at the very least. 😉

LTDScott
LTDScott
11 months ago
Reply to  Scott

It’s not a spelling choice, possums and opossums are two different things. You saw an opossum.

Scott
Scott
11 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Learn something every day (almost). Thanks Scott. -Scott

Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
11 months ago
Reply to  Scott

Rowdy street toughs:
The Van Buren Boys?

-George Costanza

Cerberus
Cerberus
11 months ago

Opossums aren’t aggressive. When threatened, they display like they’re vicious (or they play dead), but they aren’t and they tend to get along well with most other animals, except, I suppose for a video I saw of an opossum encountering a skunk near a pond, pausing for a moment, then shoving the skunk into the water before running off. They eat a lot of pest creatures (particularly ticks) and are virtually immune to rabies due to a hostile body temperature.

ES
ES
11 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus

No rabies, but they are a vector for equine encephalitis. Which is now treatable (if caught early), but not curable. we used to have a real challenge keeping them out of the hay barns at farms i worked on, before there was a viable treatment.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Equine_Protozoal_Myeloencephalitis_life_cycle.jpg

Wayne Rudiger
Wayne Rudiger
11 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus

In my experience they are nasty f’ers. They raided my chicken coop (dumb me, not netted on top) and just started killing. Not like kill one and take it home for dinner. Killed every one. When I heard that 3 kittens are gone my first suspect was the opossum, though maybe not?

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Rudiger

Finally, the answer to the age old question… “why did the chicken cross the road?”
To get away from the opossum. They never make it across.

Last edited 11 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Rudiger

I think if the opossum had gone after the kittens there would be evidence as such.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Rudiger

Strange the birds didn’t just fly away. Or attack.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus
Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
11 months ago

Yay Posso!

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago

Apparently ZJ stands for Zoo Jeep.

Cargeek!
Cargeek!
11 months ago

J-Joyfully
E-Entertaining
E-Encounters with
P-Possums (and kittens)

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
11 months ago

I didn’t even know LA had possums LOL
I was always told to stay far away from them, as they carry a bunch of diseases
Also what does the note on the back wiper say ?

Last edited 11 months ago by Icouldntfindaclevername
Dumb Shadetree
Dumb Shadetree
11 months ago

Wait, I thought possums were the ones who did NOT carry diseases. I know they’re immune to rabies and a bunch of other diseases. They mostly hang out in garbage that no one wants and eat rotten food that would otherwise go to waste, so … living with DT seems weirdly appropriate.

GoesLikeHell
GoesLikeHell
11 months ago
Reply to  Dumb Shadetree

Hanging out in garbage no one wants is accurate. I have had at least 3 possum in my car experiences in junk I’ve owned.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
11 months ago
Reply to  Dumb Shadetree

From what I read, Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments. This flea infestation on opossums is particularly concerning for transmission of flea-borne typhus, which is increasing in prevalence in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Brian O'Neill
Brian O'Neill
11 months ago

As opposed to feral cats which can carry rabies,
toxoplasmosis, cutaneous larval migrans because of various nematode parasites, plague, tularemia and murine typhus. 

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago

Easiest way to fix that is to dust the inside of the Jeep with FGDE and Borax. Both are highly effective at eliminating fleas as well as ants, roaches and other bugs.

If the cats can be dusted with the FGDE (NOT the Borax) so much the better. Bonus points for trapping the opossum and dusting it too but that is really above and beyond. Just feeding it a bit of FGDE should at least purge it of internal parasites.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 months ago
Reply to  Dumb Shadetree

Do they eat shower spaghetti?

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago

It doesn’t. Opossums, yes.

Unless he brought one back from Australia somehow.

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
11 months ago

Thank you, opossum it is. CA most definitely has them, my wife saw one on our patio one night, decided to put out a little food for it (she helps all creatures, even me), and next thing you know we had the whole family coming by. Asked her to stop when the raccoons starting claiming the entire meal.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
11 months ago

It’s all fun and games until the snakes show up.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

Opossums eat snakes, including vipers.

Last edited 11 months ago by Cheap Bastard
AlienProbe
AlienProbe
11 months ago

Tune in next week when a full sized adult bear is discovered in David’s holy Grail. Lolz will ensue when he has to adopt that too.

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
11 months ago
Reply to  AlienProbe

If a squatter human settles in, he might as well sign over the title in CA.

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Beckman

Actually he would be legally responsible for providing mobile shelter, food service, and healthcare for as long as squatter and his immediate friends, family, and drug dealer wished to remain.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
11 months ago
Reply to  AlienProbe

I smell a sitcom!

AlienProbe
AlienProbe
11 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

Oh God and the annoying opening theme song pretty much writes itself. “DT and the bear. DT and the bear. DT and the bear bear bear bear bear. *Whistle* “

Last edited 11 months ago by AlienProbe
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 months ago
Reply to  AlienProbe

My bear has the DTs

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
11 months ago

Jaws, huh?
You’re gonna need a bigger Jeep.

Bomber
Bomber
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Or look for the Bond villain who’s employed this adorable bitey kitten

Mocamino
Mocamino
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

This is COTD material.

Dennis Birtcher
Dennis Birtcher
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

I think he still has the Golden Eagle. We’re probably fine.

Drew
Drew
11 months ago

Well, now you need to adopt some kittens and a possum. It’s the only reasonable course of action.

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
11 months ago

That Jeep needs to get sealed up, yesterday. There’s no telling what kind of varmint will wind up in there next.

Also: I’m enjoying DT’s progression to Cat Dad.

Drew
Drew
11 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Buchholz

I’m waiting for a whole ecosystem to develop in there. Plants, various animals, and a whole food chain. California has the occasional cougar, so we can even get an apex predator to take up residence if we really nourish this ecosystem.

GreatFallsGreen
GreatFallsGreen
11 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I heard there’s a Dollar General opening in the right front headlight assembly, and a Mattress Warehouse in the cowl.

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
11 months ago

at this point its safe to close up the jeep or.. you know actually work on putting it back together. All the soft parts of the interior are going to need to go. Cat urine is no joke the hardest thing to get rid of, rip and replace is really your only play.

Best of luck!

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

“Cat urine is no joke the hardest thing to get rid of, rip and replace is really your only play.”

Not true. A wet dry vac and bacterial based enzyme cleaner can do the job.

Source: My decades of cat ownership and fostering.

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