Licorice’s brush with aliens

My poor Licorice has a sore tummy. How she came to get this ugly wound on her belly is one of life’s little mysteries. Before anyone else asks – no it isn’t an abscess and Saffron didn’t bite her. It’s larger than a 20 cent piece and looks more like a burn according to the vet. The vet asked if I had a heater that Licorice had been near. A logical guess but not the cause. Saffron hogs the heater consistently! Licorice on the other hand loves her heat mat. It is a mat designed for pets and it says it will not overheat even if covered with something. So I started to wonder whether my heat mat was faulty. How could I test it? I didn’t want Saffron or Licorice sitting on it in case of further injury.

I have checked the outside of the mat looking for blood. Nothing was visible but a stack of black cat hair. I then checked the inside of the cover for scorch marks (thanks to Cat Protection for this suggestion; when you can’t see through cat hair, turn inside out! Why didn’t I think of that). Nothing there either.

With the mat all clear there was one thing left to try before I declared Licorice has indeed had a brush with aliens. I picked up the mat, set it down and sat on top of it myself. I got warm and toasty legs but certainly not hot enough to burn me.


It must be aliens.

(PS: The sore is healing well with the assistance of antibiotics and cream and Licorice remains in good spirits with NO IMPACT on her appetite!)


Posted on July 26, 2011, in Cats and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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