Classics: How To Tell If Ur Feet Smell and Other Uses For Cats

February 23, 2011


When I was in high school, there was a popular book titled “100 Uses For a Dead Cat.” Some things were pretty funny, but it was a rather nasty book. This photo reminds me of it a little. How to tell if your shoes smell….

This may just constitute cruelty to animals…


Cats are good for more than just testing shoes. Here’s a true story, told to my husband by one of his co-workers.

This co-worker, Sal, has a cat. Every morning, the cat would bound into Sal’s bedroom to wake him up. Like a good cat, this cat would wake Sal up EARLY. Like, 4am! It’s a good thing that Sal needed to get up that early, to go to work; otherwise Sal wouldn’t have been so tolerant of this cat.

Anyway, one morning, Sal woke up later than usual. The cat had not bounded in on him that morning. Instead, Sal turned in bed to see the cat in his bed, peering down over his headboard, and staring at the wall behind. The cat was absolutely entranced with something behind the headboard. Sal sat up to see what the cat was staring at, but saw nothing.

The next morning, the exact same thing happened! Sal again peered down behind his headboard– maybe a mouse or a spider? He saw nothing.

The next morning– the same thing again! The cat was silent every time, but he was on the bed, paws on the headboard, peering down the wall behind. Sal was perplexed. He determined that when he returned from work later that day, he’d pull the bed away from the wall and see what the cat was staring at.

That evening, Sal moved the bed away from the wall and saw his electrical outlet receptacle. He got down on all fours to look closely. All around the receptacle slots were black scorch marks. Apparently, the outlet had shorted and was arcing. The cat had noticed the arcs! Sal said that his cat probably saved his life!

So, if you have a cat, count your blessings! They can test your shoes and watch your electrical system!

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6 Responses to “Classics: How To Tell If Ur Feet Smell and Other Uses For Cats”

  1. Secondary Roads Says:

    Looks like those shoes were nasty. Poor kitty!

    Nice story about Sal’s cat.

  2. Java Says:

    Hi Rebecca!!

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  3. lin Says:

    WOW. That is a cool story! How lucky Sal was and it sure was smart of him to see what the kitty was looking at! Whew!

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Chuck- cats just seems to bring out the creativity of humans. šŸ˜€ Thanks for your comment.

  5. Rebecca Says:

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  6. Rebecca Says:

    Lin- it’s just more proof that cats are TOTALLY AMAZING. šŸ˜€