Gut Rumbles

August 22, 2005

stupid cat

I told you that high-voltage power lines are dangerous. This cat found out the hard way.

The firefighters believe the cat was on the pole, because a bird's nest was found on top and there was a large black spot where something had touched a relay switch on the 25,000-volt line.

Can't blame ME for this one.


Nothing like a flaming pussy story to get the week started....

They will get so many calls to adopt the cat that they will start burning the fur on other cats to get them adopted, passing them off as the cat that survived.

Animal lovers will come in droves.

Posted by: Ruth on August 22, 2005 10:24 AM

Damn you bush! Damn you and your oil-electric hedgemonopolistic fascism!

Posted by: Yogimus on August 22, 2005 01:03 PM

Took all nine lives, huh?

Posted by: GUYK on August 22, 2005 01:29 PM

Cats are rated at about ten amps, at 220. Anything above that, and you need two cats in parallel, to avoid a messy explosion.

Or you can break the circuit by putting two cats in series, with a dielectric such as a Barbara Cartland novel between them.

Posted by: Steve H. on August 22, 2005 02:52 PM

Steve's right. A 220v 10a cat just can't handle 25kv, even with two in parallel. It would take 113.6, not two. Trying to install 114 cats in parallel would be out of the question, even with a world-class cat-herder. And at the top of a pole? Forget it.

Posted by: Ernie G on August 22, 2005 06:22 PM

How come squirrels can navigate those lines without a problem?

Posted by: Joni on August 22, 2005 09:11 PM


Not the Canadian squirrels. At my old place back in Ontario, the power would go out about once a month. Each time it happened, I'd go out to the power pole at the foot of the drive, and there at it's base would be a smoking lump of fur.

One night, I was in the livingroom looking out the window when the top of the pole lit up with a nasty explosion. The flash was quite impressive, but I felt sorry for the little bugger that had generated it.

I always assumed there must have been an exposed wire missing its insulation, but the Hydro guys were never able to find anything. Just kept coming back to light things up again.


Posted by: Light & Dark on August 22, 2005 10:38 PM

Anything can run along or perch on those power long as they don't complete a circuit to ground. That's when you get that flash and burning effect.

Posted by: StinKerr on August 23, 2005 02:00 AM

Did someone mention squirrels?

Posted by: Ruth on August 23, 2005 08:06 AM

Whilst all this theory is fine and dandy, nothing beats practcal testing.

The downside is that kittens are about $15 a pop, which would make this prohibitively expensive.

Does anyone know of an animals shelter that deals with felines in bulk?

Posted by: Yogimus on August 23, 2005 10:33 AM
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