Saturday, August 27, 2011, 11:35 PM
Philadelphia-area humans are understandably highly nervous at the moment, in their anticipation of the most powerful elements yet that Hurricane Irene has to offer — beyond-gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and power outages — presumably to arrive sometime tomorrow (Sunday) morning. However, local cats have been taking a relatively more collected and cool-headed approach to the incoming storm.
Eight-year-old Calamari of Queen Village, aside from performing her typical monitoring for mice, cockroaches, bees, etc., has so far reacted to the approach of Hurricane Irene by being her typically laid-back self. Her owner, Charles Schnur, nevertheless reports that Calamari appears to be “looking forward to an extended power outage,” which would necessitate that he “break open the large supply of tuna he bought.”
At approximately 9 PM earlier this evening, Schnur filled his bathtub as a precautionary measure, in order to secure some water for flushing his toilet. Calamari looked on intently from the side of the tub during this process and successfully avoided falling in.
Late this afternoon, the ears of four-month-old bengal-cat kitten Purrlion of Society Hill suddenly perked up, as reported by his owner, Marianna Salz. As if some animal instinct were prevailing, “it appeared that he was onto something.” However, it turned out that Purrlion was simply preparing to pounce on some “people food,” namely some challah bread that Salz had left out during observance of the Jewish sabbath. (Apparently, young Purrlion, as confirmed by recent activity in his litter box, is somewhat confused about the fact that cats are supposed to be fully carnivorous.)
Beth and Bruce Levin of Society Hill own five bengal-cats: the mother, half-uncle, brothers and sister of the aforementioned Purrlion. (Incidentally, Purrlion’s 4-months-old sister and one of his 4-months-old brothers are available for purchase. Prices are negotiable. Please contact Jewish Culture Examiner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.) According to Beth Levin: “They are very curious, just following us around right now.”
When Jewish Culture Examiner pressed Levin as to whether her bengal-cats’ high curiosity was more related to animal intuition toward something ominous or more related to there merely being some food somewhere to be had, Levin confessed: “I’m not sure. They are not acting abnormal. They are always very curious.”
Pennsylvania State Representative Curt Schroder (Republican-155th Legislative District/Chester County) reports that his cat, Holly, is so far “unfazed.” However, Rep. Schroder was not so fortunate with regard to his dog Kitty, a greyhound, who “refused to pee.” This forced the nine-term legislator to “walk around the yard soaking wet in the storm for 15 minutes before she finally gave in.”
One cat in suburban Havertown, however, is quite displeased with a very recent development: namely, the tornado-watch warning sound on the television. According to Pixie’s owner, Lynn Goldie Sandler: “We in Haverford Township and Lower Merion Township are having warning sounds on the TV for a tornado watch. It sounds like a loud fog horn. Pixie is just kind of looking to get away from the sound.”
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