Living: A Comeuppance for Cats

Ailurophobia is breaking out all over the place

The trouble with a kitten is THAT Eventually it becomes a CAT. —Ogden Nash

The American cat of any age or gender enjoys semisacrosanct status approaching that of the holy cow in India. There are some 25 million pet felines in the U.S.; their care and feeding cost up to $1.8 billion a year, which is more than the defense budget of Brazil. Yet, deep in the American psyche, there is evidently a bristling resentment of Felis domestica. This has erupted in a litter of...

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