So maybe I oversold the ominous nature of this video – a 1 minute animated short from Japan about a cat that keeps getting its tail trod on – but it seems a running theme. “Watch out!” we say, “Be careful!” we think, lest the cats count and scheme and plot and plan and eventually take us to task for our myriad of trespasses. In this video, they ‘Voltron-style’ combine into a giant, Japan stomping, cat for the crime of stepping on their poor tails.
In other stories, such as “The Dream of a Thousand Cats” story in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, the cats are called to dream of a world where cats are in their rightful place – giant masters of humanity, fickle gods to tiny human playthings, snacks and slaves. Worse still, are the nightmares caused by the (frankly terrifying-for-all-the-wrong-reasons) fan-made trailer for the story. NSFSanity.