Saturday, October 30, 2010

Feline Thermal Units

Fall is here and the days are shorter and colder. Being staunch New Englanders, we resist turning on the heat until at least Thanksgiving. (New Englanders joke that this gives us something to be thankful for!) Without heat, how to keep warm? Warm sock, sweaters, staying active (e.g., I never feel cold when I’m vacuuming). That’s a few ways.

But our favorite: feline thermal units (or FTUs)! To you, they may look like ordinary house cats. But as warm blooded mammals, they give off a good bit of heat. While heat and air conditioning are often measured in BTUs (British thermal units), we’ve converted from BTUs to FTUs.

Our FTUs come with other nice features: soft fur, a pleasant meow, and deep purrs (they have a 4-stroke motor – after 4 strokes on the head or back, they start a gentle yet strong purr). They also come with 4-on-the-floor, pointed ears, and a sandpaper tongue – all standard equipment.

So, whether watching TV sitting on the couch or sleeping in bed, before we turn on the heat, we take advantage of our FTUs!


bingkee said...

The only problem is I'm not fond of cats...hehehe

RedKnight said...

In my household, instead of house cats, we have Chihuahua dogs. They serve the same purpose, but have to wear sweaters when going outside in chilly weather.

Rachel said...

Your comment reminds me of what I just heard from my guitarist and friend Gregg on the ride home tonight about the origin of "3 dog night" (not the rock group). If the night was extremely cold, you needed 3 dogs in your bed to keep warm. In other words it was a 3 dog night!