Case in point: the Van Cortlandt Cat Cluster Phenomenon. Similar to the flu virus, it infects northwestern Bronx households that are predisposed to cat accumulation. It can take several forms as it progresses, but at maturation the affected household will find itself in possession of one orange cat, one black cat, and one tabby cat at minimum. Surrounding households will then tend toward infection as well. Noted VCCCP epidemiologist and neighbor Margarita also notes: "The Cat Cluster Phenomenon does not result in immunity to further outbreaks by collecting a complete set. The virus mutates quickly and renders the host susceptible to adding black-and-white, calico, tortoiseshell, or other felines to the cluster."
Exhibit A: Our cats.
Exhibit B: John's and Margarita's cats (around the corner from our house).
Note that both households were infected independently, without prior knowledge of each other or their cats. Also note the advanced state of John and Margarita's infestation, with the addition of a grey cat.
At present there is no known cure for VCCCP. Any donations readers may want to make will go toward catfood, kitty litter, and little felt catnip mice, and can be forwarded to the VCCCP Foundation through this blog. Paypal is fine, although cash works too.
This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your time.
(And thank you Margarita for pretty much writing this whole post for me. Is it really only Day 7?)