Caturday: Japanese cat in a box

A cat in a box, from shironekoshiro.


    1.  Dude, I have worked with Alley Cat Allies and have seen quite a few kittens with botflies. We are not sure whether C. emasculata is attracted to the urine smell in mama kitty’s lair and infests the kittens directly, or whether mama kitty brings back botfly infested prey and the larvae crawl out of their dead prey into the warm and yummy kittens.

      And there are multiple cases of human botfly around here too. Mostly in people who travel to El Salvador and Costa Rica. But there is some evidence that this botfly is establishing a local breeding population. It hasn’t been a problem so far because winters are still cold enough to kill them off, or more importantly, cold enough to keep the mosquitoes from flying. The human botfly females capture a mosquito that likes to bite humans. She lays her eggs on it, and lets it go. The eggs hatch and cling to the mosquito. When the mosquito lingers on a large warm mammal long enough, the larvae let go and burrow into their new host.

      BTW, I think botflies might be a source of new antibiotics. They burrow into flesh, but are able to prevent opportunistic bacterial infections. If their borrow got infected, the host would have an immune response that would ruin the botfly’s home.

      Maybe botflies have the cure for MRSA. That disease is now killing as many Americans as HIV. I have an FWB relationship with a pretty seriously advanced MRSA+ woman. Her immune system seems to betaking control of things  and she has not had any new lesions for two years. But we still practice infection control when we meet. Freshly washed sheets, Bactroban in my nose, no rubbing of eyes, quick check for any cuts or abrasions. I really hope for a cure for MRSA. I hate to think that as my friend gets older she could be cut down by this disease.

  1. I notice that many Japanese cats, like Maru, have the very round British-shorthair type heads.  I wonder if that is deliberate breeding.

  2. Be the box. Let your being flow into the box, and become one with the box. Let its essence merge with your own. All is box.

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