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Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

I got the idea from this article in The Atlantic a few months ago. I probably won’t keep the title.

Crazy Cats

So here’s the deal – T. gondii needs a cat
To reproduce, but it can live in us
And many other mammals — say, a rat.
Now rats, of course, don’t much like dear Puss.
But we do. And we make a lot of trash
Which rats do like, so what’s a rat to do?
Being small, most are cautious. The rash
Are cat food, and have fewer children, too.

Now what’s a parasite to do? Make male
Rats brave, and sexy to the females, which
Will bear infected kitty chow, and cats
Who eat it share with us, and when we ail,
T. gondii plays with us — guys get the itch
To drive too fast, and gals heat up like cats.

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1 Mary Alexandra Agner { 11.11.12 at 10:34 am }

Glad you’re back to posting! And with such a wonderful piece 🙂

2 Mike { 11.11.12 at 11:37 am }

Thank you, Mary! It’s good to know someone’s still looking. I wasn’t sure — I’m still not sure — about rhyming “cats” with “cats,” but either I’m getting used to it or it really isn’t a Bad Thing here.

3 MAS { 11.14.12 at 7:35 pm }

The cats would certainly agree to be rhymed.

4 Jack { 11.17.12 at 5:26 am }

The “cats” rhyme works. The Puss reference took me a moment but paid off handsomely, well done.

5 Mike { 11.17.12 at 11:10 pm }

Mary Anne, how you doing? And thanks to you and Jack!

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