Today I need to talk to you about a devastating illness that affects kitties everywhere. The symptoms of this illness include sudden loss of the ability to stand, extreme sleepiness, elevated body temperature, prolonged squinting, and excessive euphoria. The disease of which I speak is called, “Sunlight Incapacitation Syndrome”, SIS for short, and it may shock you to learn that your kitties may be infected.
Brother Oliver has been fighting the effects of this disease for years, but with little success. Fortunately, the Guardians have fully educated themselves on this illness. Since they know that he will be paralyzed, sometimes for hours by SIS, they have placed comfortable resting spots all around the house in areas that SIS attacks are most likely to occur.
Sometimes though, the attack happens so suddenly that cats are unable to make it to a soft bed before the paralysis sets in. Brother Henry (yes, he too is an SIS sufferer) found himself in just such a position yesterday when an SIS attack struck right by the front door.
I don’t know whether SIS is contagious, or if it is just something cats are born with, but it certainly seems to affect a huge number of kitties. I suspect that Thomas may also have it, but he stays in Valhalla all day long and I have never made it upstairs to check on him when the sun comes out. You see… I too suffer from SIS, and even the slightest bit of sunshine hitting My fur will knock Me right off My feet.
So please, keep a close eye on your kitty for the tell-tale symptoms of this disease. You may want to place many soft beds throughout the house. Perhaps the kitty will be able to make it to one of these “safey-safes” whenever he or she feels an attack coming on. And remember, after each attack, the kitty will need lots of love, snacks and possibly brushing so they can shake off any lingering effects of SIS. There is no known cure for this insidious affliction, but with a little care and preparation, you can at least help your kitty manage the symptoms. Oh, and some good, medical grade catnip will probably help too. It certainly couldn’t hurt.
So Sayeth Otis