Posted by: Green Knight | March 14, 2013

Cats as Cheap Microclimate Sensors

Jim Augustyn wrote “The Solar Cat Book” in 1979, and put out a revised version about 25 years later. The idea is simple: your cat follows the sunbeam around the house to find a warm place to sleep. The book uses that concept as a primer for understanding solar energy. The cartoons and captions are amusing, and it’s still a great resource. I’ve had a few e-mail exchanges with him, and he’s a delightful person.

Many years ago I was looking at a label on a can of cat food, when I was considering buying some taurine additive powder to keep my kitties healthy, and I saw something about how it was approved by the NRC. Turns out it was the National Research Council, but me being enviro-me, I immediately thought of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, then I thought back to Jim’s book, and thought, “aha! I don’t have solar cats, I have NUCLEAR cats!” (Cheap thrills are all I can afford.)

At any rate, last night I noted that Mr. Shrimp Scampi, an injured alley kitten that my rescue friends Jackie and Christine helped me save, was exhibiting a new behavior. In the past, he’d play with the little cat bed that Jackie gave him, in one spot, trying to disembowel it with his hind feet, flipping it upside-down and sleeping on it that way, etc., but now he’s dragging it to different spots in my main room and sleeping there. He’s not sunbeam-chasing, so all I can think is that he’s finding the warmest microclimate spots in my place. Critters are smart!

scampi2(the photo is old, but that’s Scampi in his kitty bed.)

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Responses

  1. Scampi may have had an overdose of his nuclear food – he looks all worn out 🙂

  2. he had the art of sprawl perfected even as a kitten!


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