First, no harm done to the cat, thank Ceiling Cat (praise be unto Him). This would have made a good story for the Cat Confessions Contest, but, sadly, it came in too late. (BTW, I’m slowly sending out books to the winners.) It was submitted by reader Lorena Moore (“ironwing”):
Here is a true story from our house, the Island of Misfit Cats.
Evidence for the Infernal Nature of Basement Cat:
A few days ago I heard a noise coming from the kitchen: two short, harsh buzzing sounds in quick succession. Everything seemed OK and all seven cats were standing around waiting to be fed.
Then I saw the electrical outlet with soot around the holes and a puddle on the floor. Impy had sprayed the wall and the outlet had shorted out and burned.
I started cleaning up and the bleach fumes triggered the the outlet again. It crackled and shot a fountain of sparks.
After seeing that, I checked Impy’s fur and found a dusting of ash on his tail. I called an electrician. An hour and $200 later, we had a new Impy-proof outlet.
Old and new outlets:
Here’s Impy standing on the patio wall and wearing his harness and leash. We take him outside on the back patio for a walk every day.
Impy was our first black cat and is about thirteen years old. We trapped him as a stray in 2003. Still our biggest and blackest, he is now Top Cat.
He came to us with an infected dog bite on his shoulder and impaired vision. The vet diagnosed him with taurine deficiency retinopathy. He developed cataracts a few years later and is now nearly blind, though he can still see some contrast in very bright light outdoors. The black stripe in his right eye is an old claw wound from his time as a stray, and is nicknamed the “glint of evil”.
In addition to the self-inflicted lightning strike, he has survived pancreatitis, acute toxoplasmosis, and giardia.
He is very gentle, loving, and affectionate. When we adopted eight shelter cats over a period of several months, he welcomed them as buddies.
Here’s Impy (top of photo) with some of his friends on our bed. This is an old picture and only four of these cats are still with us, including Impy’s best buddy Leon, who is looking at the camera.
I think Lorena beats Linda Grilli for the reader having the most black cats.