This is the tale of a kitty's tail. There are two eight month old kitties, named Fluffy and Eve, who live with a Farmer and her husband on their farm in rural Virginia. Fluffy, the boy kitty, is an orange tabby with white feet. Eve, the little girl kitty, is a tortoiseshell colored kitty with black, orange and white colors. Fluffy and Eve are typical kitties who love to run, jump, play and nap. The Farmer's husband enjoys playing with with Fluffy and Eve every day while the Farmer is out working on the farm. A string dragged across the floor provides a great deal of fun for the kitties!
As Fluffy and Eve grew from newborns, the Farmer and her husband noticed that Fluffy was growing at a faster rate than his sister Eve. And the fastest growing part of Fluffy was his tail. Fuffy's tail seemed to be longer every day! Visitors to the Farmer's home started remarking on the length of Fluffy's tail. "That is a really long tail on that kitty," said one visitor. Fluffy and Eve's vet, Dr. Wood, said "Wow! Fluffy has a long tail, doesn't he?" The Farmer and her husband had noticed that even when Fluffy was next to one of the old cats in the farmhouse, that Fluffy's tail seemed to be longer.
Finally, the Farmer and her husband could stand the mystery no longer: They got a tape measure and started measuring the tails of each cat and comparing the length of their tails to Fluffy's. Now the idea of measuring the tails of kitties may seem strange to many folks. The kitties that lived with the Farmer and her husband also thought that it was strange! Most were not happy with the tail-measuring! Since it was a strange thing to them, as the first kitty's tail was being measured, most of the other kittys scattered to their favorite hiding places. It took a while to try to find and measure the tails of all seven.
The Farmer and her husband were astonished to find that Fluffy's tail measured an extraordinary 15 inches! The closest in length to Fluffy's tail was the tail of Tigger, an adult male orange tabby, whose tail measured about 13 inches. But Tigger is about ten years older than Fluffy! Fluffy's sister, Eve, had a tail only 11 inches long. In the Farmer's house, Fuffy's tail reigned supreme! The Farmer and her husband were justifiably proud of their long-tailed Fluffy!
Then one day the Farmer remarked that Fluffy also had what appeared to be rather large feet. However, after the tail-measuring event, the Farmer and her husband decided that they were not going to try to measure feet as well. "Just not worth the effort." said the Farmer. Dr. Wood had already warned the Farmer and her husband that at ten pounds, Fluffy was about two pounds overweight. The Farmer is worried that when Fluffy grows onto his tail and feet, he may actually be a mountain lion!
At night, as the Farmer and her husband relax in front of the glowing wood stove, and Fluffy and Eve are napping in the warmth, they wonder if other families have long-tailed kitties. Are there other kitties with long tails that can measure up to their Fluffy? I guess they will never know...