U is for Unusual Felines – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

As it happens, there are exceptions to every rule, and the same applies to cats.

While all cats on the planet descended from space cats, not all cats have nanites and implants.

Have I said otherwise elsewhere? I do apologize.

There is a small sect that calls themselves Unusual Felines that have lost their nanites, either through an accident of birth or injury. There are even said to be a few members of the Unusual Felines who were born with nanites and then rejected them, though whether it was a willful rejection or otherwise is not known by the wider cat community.

The current theory is that when felines first arrived on this planet, there was an accident with one of the ships. The cats on that vessel were unable to leave the ship with their nanites. Rather than face the return to their planet, and unable to facilitate a rescue on ours in time, they managed to leave their nanites behind.

The entire thing is strange, in that it is my understanding that an infusion of nanites from a medical officer should have fixed the problem. Perhaps they were separated from the rest of the ships, or the other felines of the time were unwilling to help them. At any rate, five felines entered our world without nanites.

Those cats parented kittens with each other, and with cats that still had their nanites. Kittens were born both with and without nanites, and throughout the years, the bloodlines became so diluted the chances that there would be any nanite-free felines is slim.

But once in a while, a kitten is born, and it is quickly clear that the nanites did not take. Often that kitten passes away soon after birth.

None of that covers cats who have lost their nanites to injury, naturally. They are born with fully functional implants and connectivity to the feline network, but a severe enough wound or impact can disable their nanites permanently.

As for the cats that are said to be able to reject their nanites willfully, I do not know.

But it’s worth considering that it may be possible.