Feline Co-Authors Physics Paper

Furiends, we felines are smart creatures. And bengal cats like me, Jacey, and Koji are even smarter than most felines. But I’ll bet you never though a feline could co-author a scientific paper!

That is what happened in 1975. A human physicist had put together a paper about a very complex topic. The paper was titled “Two, Three, and Four Atom Exchange Effect in bcc 3He.” I do not know what this, means, furiends. And the human does not, either. But humans who are trained in physics say it talks about atomic behavior at different temperatures.

The human who wrote the paper sent it to a colleague. And the colleague told that human that the paper was good, except for one problem. Instead of using “I,” the author chose to use “we.” And the journal Physical Review Letters had a strict rule. They rejected any papers with less than two authors that used “we” instead of “I.”

Back when the paper was written, it would have been very hard to fix the mistake. The author would have had to do it manually. And they decided not to.

This Feline Co-Authored a Scientific Paper

Instead, they decided to credit their feline as a co-author. The feline was named Chester. And so they credited F.D.C Willard as a co-author. The F.D.C. stands for felis domesticus Chester. And Willard was Chester’s father’s name. The trick worked. Issue 35 of Physical Review Letters carried the paper.

For a while, the only humans who knew about this were the author and their close colleagues. But one day, a visitor came to the campus. The author was away. So the visitor asked for the co-author, which prompted laughter. And the story spread.

Once the university officials learned of the trick, they wanted to get in on it. They asked if they could list Chester as a distinguished visiting professor. And the human behind the paper produced a few signed copies of the paper, complete with Chester’s paw print.

I suppose it is fitting that a feline would publish a physics related paper, furiends. After all, one of the most famous cats is Schroedinger’s cat!


June 10 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, furiends. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar levels. One of the things that affects my blood sugar levels is my nomming. And furiends, I have to tell you, both the human and I laughed at Koji’s nomming technique yesterday.

The human puts two cans of food out in the morning and evening for me and Koji. When he does this, we generally attack the noms and eat a lot of them right away. But then we leave some for later, and go and consume those noms when we want a snack.

Koji Eating Off the Floor
Koji Eating Off The Floor

Last night, the way that Koji decided to consume that snack made both me and the human laugh. Instead of just eating the noms out of the dish, Koji pulled it out of the dish with his paw. Then he set it on the floor, and nommed on it from the floor!

The human said that Koji was being a dork, and I agree. If he wanted to move some of the noms, he could have left them in the dish! But no, he wanted to move them to the floor. Silly Koji!

Now, on to my blood sugar readings. For the week, my blood sugar levels averaged 153. That is higher than what we saw last week, when they averaged 125. But both the human and I are not too concerned about the average blood sugar reading.

What we are concerned about is that my blood sugar levels dropped way lower than we want a couple of times last week. The human does not think the insulin dose I received was the problem. It was because I did not feel like nomming, and left a lot of food behind. When I do that, my blood sugar level will drop. But then I got very hungry and nommed like crazy, and my blood sugar recovered.

I will tell you about my blood sugar readings for the week next Monday. Hopefully, there will be no really low readings!

May 6 Blood Sugar Readings

Koji Decided to Test The Water in the Tub

Hello, furiends. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings. Before I get to that, the human was not feeling well last week. He went to the white coated humans to get help. And when he went, one of the things they told him to do is to soak in hot water for 15 minutes a few times a day.

Koji Decided to Test The Water in the Tub
Koji Decided to Test The Water in the Tub

In a home of bengal cats, you know what that means. Koji and I immediately started to investigate the tub, since there was water in it. The human may have wanted to soak in peace, but we felines decided that we would join him. And Koji even decided to make sure that the water was good enough for the human!

When Koji was not in the tub, he and I splashed the water. The human was sitting in the tub, and we swatted the water. It was fun making it splash all over the place, even though the human did not like it. Koji even wet his paws and then licked them dry to drink from the tub, furiends.

As for my blood sugar readings for the week, I think they are good. For the week, my blood sugar levels averaged 110. That is much lower than what we saw the week before. But the human and I both think the lower doses of insulin are helping.

You see, furiends, we dropped my insulin dose to prevent my blood sugar levels from dropping too low. And for the week, the lowest reading we saw was 60. Even that reading is not dangerous. We didn’t have any times where the human skipped giving me insulin. And that prevented my blood sugar from spiking.

It seems like the new dosing is working to keep my blood sugar under control without putting me at risk for hypoglycemia. And that, furiends, makes me happy!