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12 August 2007 @ 02:48 pm
great minds are at work here  
The kitchen setup here has about a foot of countertop space between the stove and the sink. It isn't a lot of room, but the folks who remodeled the house wanted to be able to wash the dishes while gazing out the window, which overlooks a fair distance due to our position on the side of a hill. I had just set a pot of water on to boil and had turned my attention to doing the aforementioned chore while I waited, which for me is rendered no less odious by the view.

Earl Grey jumped up to the fake wood countertop. What happened next occurred in slow motion. He turned to face me, and in so doing, his tail came into contact with the flames. He did not seem to realize what was happening (it may be true after all that cats have little feeling in that extremity), but I let out a shout and lunged for him, which sent him scurrying. I grabbed his tail with my wet hands and the soap-filled sponge, and as he pulled away, the fire was extinguished. He leapt to the top of the fridge, apparently no worse for the wear, though just as started by the sudden bad smell as I was.

I approached him with a brush, as he likes to be groomed almost as much as he likes to be fed, and inspected the damage. The lucky dude only charred off some fur.

... somehow, I always thought cats were smarter, you know?
Current Mood: surprisedstunned
Dominiedomkitty on August 12th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
In my experience cats have absolutely no sensation in their tails, at least not in the case of fire. I used to have a gas fire in my living room and the cats would constantly stretch in front of it and burn their tails.
Starla Ragekemica on August 12th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ahhh I was really scared at where the post was going. I'm so relieved to hear your kitty is okay. D:
Sander Fucking Cohen: :Ochibik3r0 on August 13th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
o.O Wow glad your cat is alright!
Emily: Jijietoileeyes on August 13th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definately know what you mean about cats being smarter... they are eerily smart when they want to be....