The Tragedy Of EB

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

This is a sensitive topic, but one that I think is very important. Not many kitties talk about this openly, but as a relative newcomer to the phenomenon, I feel like the more we talk about this, the more likely it will be that we can find a cure. In case you do not know what I am talking about, let me show you.

Thomas EB 1

It starts out innocently enough. You want to be brushed and your Guardian does as you silently command.

Thomas EB 2

The Guardian does his or her duty well, and you reward them by leaning into the brush to show them that you are pleased.

Thomas EB 3

The brushing continues and you really start to lose yourself a little bit… especially when they brush the cheeks… I LOVE IT WHEN THEY BRUSH THE CHEEKS!

Thomas EB 4

The Guardian next brushes the top of your head and, although it is a little bit awkward, it still feels awesome!

Thomas EB 5

But then something starts to change. The Guardian starts to move the brush backward and you think, “Uh-oh… here it comes.”

Thomas EB 6

The brush feels pretty good on your back, but you are very aware that it keeps moving back along your body heading toward… the danger zone.

Thomas EB 7

As it arrives at “the spot”, you brace yourself, vowing that this time will be it. This will be the time you will be able to resist and hopefully keep your dignity.

Thomas EB 8

You feel it starting to happen, but still you think you can fight it. You think you can beat the odds and be the first cat ever to conquer EB. You resist with all your might, but it is no use. It happens anyway.

Thomas EB 9

Yes… once again you experience the tragedy of Elevator Butt.

No one knows why Elevator Butt happens, they only know it has a devastating affect on the dignity of cats. I hold out hope that they will one day find a cure, but until that day I just want to tell kitties everywhere that this is not under your control so it is nothing to be ashamed of. So please, hold your heads high… even when you are involuntarily doing the same with your butts.

Thomas Out

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20 responses to “The Tragedy Of EB

  1. smseattle

    Ah-ha! I always suspected that EB resulted in a loss of dignity. Thank you for clearing that up, Sir Thomas!

  2. Don’t worry Sir Thomas….our Ivy feels your pain. In fact, she not only has EB she sticks her tongue out if mom gets the right spot.

  3. Cats all over the world are grateful that you have brought this subject to light. Now that it’s out in the open maybe we can start working on a cure 😉

  4. Have been owned by cats for 65 years and each one has displayed the EB. Think this muscle movement has developed to indicate to we care providers that we are brushing correctly, without need of verbalizing.

  5. Yep, there’s no way to control the EB. Just go with it….

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  7. I almost didn’t read this post because of the word “tragedy” in the title. I was afraid it might concern some poor lost kitty named EB. I’m so relieved! And honestly, Thomas, your innate dignity shines through, even when you’ve succumbed to LP (Lofty Posterior). Not to mention the huge paw-stride forward that you’ve made in allowing yourself to be brushed!

  8. Kylee

    Very Cute 🙂

  9. It’s ok Thomas, Humans think EB is awfully cute! For some reason EB is cute, while the non-brush-aided action called “here’s my butt” is not.. In case you don’t know that one, it’s where the kitty purposefully turns that portion of their anatomy toward the face of a human, or even to another cat, but that’s usually a ‘drive by’ where they walk by, suddenly lift the rear, tail high and try to brush either the tail or rump on the other kitty’s chin.

  10. Kathy Freeman Tolleson

    I never thought of EB as being undignified in even the least respect. How else would we lowly guardians know that we are performing our service to you correctly? Your dignity is Solid Sir Thomas. EB is nothing more than an encouragement to us to continue in our efforts to please you.

  11. *paws covering eyes* oh Sir T, I have been struggling with EB ever since I came to my forever home. I have been so ashamed and have never been able to talk about it. Thank you for making this condition open for cats to finally talk about. Let’s hope one day there will be a cure.

  12. Oh yeah, EB. The ultimate cat dignity remover. Thanks for the laughs 🙂

  13. Mee-you Sir Thomas mee wundered why mee bumm goess uppy inn thee air all bye itself when LadyMum eether brushess or strokess mee…now mee knows!! There iss nuthin wrong with me!! WooHoo!!!
    You are thee most diggnyfied mankat mee knowss…
    LadyMum sayss yur thee handsumest kittyboy shee hass ever seen.
    Sendin you reegardss an reespect,
    Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum ❤ ❤

  14. Reblogged this on As I see it and commented:
    OMG a new syndrome for cats I’ve never heard and never laughed out loud before to know…”EB – Elevated Butt Syndrome” Thanks for making me laugh out loud today!

  15. My first laugh out loud, and I’m sorry it’s at your expense with such a thrashing to your dignity that EB is! Both my cats Amber and May suffer from this condition and I don’t think they much care if there is a cure! LOVE the brushies!

  16. Gabriel and his mom

    I’m sorry Thomas, but I had to laugh — Gabriel’s Mom

  17. This is hilarious 🙂 Thomas you have a cute furry butt my friend

  18. Okay, now that’s funny!

    Noodle and crew

  19. Heather

    I love the pics, Sir Thomas! They sure tell the story!

  20. msphoebecat

    Clove is completely under the spell of the Elevator Butt and begs for more after receiving it, purring the entire time. I bet you boys secretly enjoy it too..!

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