I have to warn you that today’s entry is a bit disgusting. My usual morning routine after I wake is to get the paper off the front porch, and then I go to the back porch to let the cats out of their night lockup. This morning I noticed that Galen had a hairball stuck to his chin. It appeard to be stuck by a string of something, so that when ever he moved his head this little hairball thing would swing like a pendulum. I tried getting it off of him but since he doesn’t usually like me touching him he ran around, looking very silly with his pendulating hairball. I finally caught him and was able to remove it. At first look it appeared to be what I thought it was, a hairball. But upon closer inspection I noticed two small projections. When it started moving, I looked even closer and saw that the two projections were the eyes of a slug. A slug that Galen had managed to eat and keep down long enough for it get wrapped up like a cocoon in the hair that normally inhabits a cat’s stomach. Either Galen finally decided he didn’t like the taste of slugs, or he really objected to it sliming around the inside of his stomach. But either way he decided to get rid of it and so there it was, hanging on his chin. So remember folks, when you’re eating those slugs, make sure you kill them first by biting their heads off first.
This morning it was raining so when I went out to get the paper I decided to go around the yard and kill snails and slugs. I figured Galen would appreciate it. I lost count of the number of victims that fell to my trusty but rusty X-acto knife, but it was certainly a devastating blow to the gastropod community. Not that they aren’t likely to recover from my slaughter.