A "Cat"-chy Fur CollarPublished December 2, 2011
Courtesy of Jo Singer
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Florida's (aka The Sunshine State) claim to fame is certainly not for its cold weather. And while I hear tell from the local yokels in the neighborhood of our Central Florida home that the chilly weather is excellent for speeding up the ripening of our oranges, lemons and grapefruits growing in our back yard, when the mercury drops down into the low 40s or even below our house can become uncomfortably drafty.
So on these occasions, I am more than eager to don my magnificent soft fur collar (which by the way is not fashioned out of faux fur), wrapping it around my neck to chase away the chill. I can’t think of anything more soothing and relaxing to stop my teeth from chattering. One of the things I most love about my fur collar is its beautifully warm ivory and brown color which blends in with our interior décor. I must tell you--without a doubt it is one of the best gifts I ever gave myself in the late fall of 2000.
But the best thing about this collar is its internally built-in massage device (provided at no additional charge), which vibrates against my aching neck almost on command. Its battery is self charging so I don’t even have to mess with it at all. After I have been sitting at my computer working for hours on end, there is nothing I can think of that is more soothing and relaxing.
I have to admit I frequently wear my collar while dining with my husband or close friends while we are at home. I wouldn’t dare wear this collar outside the house, for fear someone might want to steal it. It is far too precious to me, and of course, it can never be replaced.
However, there is one serious downside to this incredible fur collar. There are a few occasions when its heat gets overwhelming to me so I decide it’s time to take it off. This collar does not in any way relish its removal, and in fact can become quite testy. You see, this fur collar comes with 18 sharp little claws, which it uses to express its displeasure by instantly digging into my shoulders; yet it never stops loudly vibrating.
You guessed it! The fur collar that gives me so much pleasure is Dr. Hush Puppy, one of our beloved Oriental Shorthairs. His favorite spot at dinner time is perched around my neck and shoulders. But his highly appreciated warmth doesn’t come without a price. His swift front paw can grab a piece of steak off my fork in a New York minute. Yet in spite of those moments of discomfort from time to time, I wouldn’t trade this fur collar in for anything in the world. In fact, I feel honored by his presence.
Do you have a fur collar that purrs? Tell us about it in a comment.