CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I have no psychic abilities whatsoever, but feel I can safely predict with great accuracy that somewhere out there, someone has had to fight a cat off their paper in order to read this.
I suspect I know why.
I think the secret ingredient in newsprint is catnip.
And I believe they use it in computer keyboards as well.
The act of opening a paper or pressing on keys must be what activates the catnip, thereby drawing the feline.
My keyboard is new, so I looked on the box. No ingredients are listed.
Perhaps the catnip content is why newspapers come in little plastic bags -- to lock in the scent so carriers can toss papers on porches and stray cats strolling by don't catch a whiff and tear them to shreds.
My husband doesn't agree. He insists the attraction is a matter of mathematics, that cats calculate the location or item upon which the placement of their body will cause the most nuisance or draw the greatest attention.
Sometimes I try to trick ours by carrying an old paper in along with the new, just to see if they can determine which holds the freshest news. They've never been wrong. (I'm pretty sure I once caught one checking the dates.)
Sully, our longhaired black cat, was mostly feral when we first met. It took a vast amount of time and patience (and meat) to tame him, but these days, he's my most constant companion when I write.