This has got to be one of the funniest incidents in a long long time, and in reminiscence, it will always bring a smile to my face. I have a known fascination with cats (though am a dog person), despite the occasional run in with them. I had a sort of a pet during my undergraduate course, where a cat camped in one of the cartons I used to use for storage, occasionally startling me by climbing on top of me when I was working on my laptop. I find them enigmatic – deep, brooding creatures. You never know what they may be thinking. Their actions do not make sense, and this particular incident exemplifies that.

The Devil!

I was outside talking on the phone, when this cat comes out of nowhere and starts following me. I start to pet it, and take pictures with it (it was not that interested, and kept avoiding the camera). A few pictures later, it is on it’s back, inviting me to come and pet it. Now, if you have read Oatmeal’s How to Pet a Kitty, you know exactly what to do, and what not to do. You especially don’t do Point No 4. I did exactly that, and the kitty took a swipe at me. Result: Scratched Hand.

What does the cat do after scratching me? Get back to business and inviting me to pet it again πŸ˜€

Though the scratch was pretty shallow, I was advised to show to the doctor, and off I went. The doc took one look at it, and gave me a band aid to put on. According to her, cats love to scratch their humans, she being a constant victim of those vicious claws. The band aid she gave me had me in splits: ‘Taz’ mocking me for getting scratched by a cat, and going to see the doc for it. πŸ˜€

Taz band aid

Time to take a revision course in petting kitties πŸ˜‰