On a serious note, there may be a slightly sinister side to this mini-genre of cat imagery, which worries me slightly.
I don’t want to be a killjoy or a grumpy old man. However, some malicious people like to poison cats (this link opens in a new window).
Although I cannot see alcohol listed as a poison in the excellent cat health reference book, Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook fourth ed. by Drs Carlson and Giffin, a simple internet search indicates that alcohol is poisonous to cats even in small doses. This should not surprise us as it is poisonous to us!
It is said that a small amount of whisky can be fatal to a cat1. It is also said that alcohol “causes liver trauma”; cats being unable to metabolise alcohol.2.
The point I am making is that the joke about cats drinking beer may, on some rare occasions, encourage people to see if they can force or trick a cat into drinking it, with disastrous results.
Please don’t do this and let’s see the serious side.
Cat drinking beer — Notes:
1. Columbia Animal Hospital
2. Temperance Animal Hospital in Temperance MI
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