Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The 25th Annual Meeting of the Associated and Accredited Chiropractors of Washington was halted and dismissed this afternoon after cats became too enamored by the use of a laser pointer used during the presentation.
The group of cat professionals meet annually to discuss quality of care issues and ideas for patient improvement at this highly regarded symposium which usually draws over 250 cats.
Presenters said everything was going “just fine” with the Power Point presentation until one of them whipped out a red LED laser pointer to highlight a particularly important HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Protection Act) regulation and suddenly there was mayhem.
“The cats just…turned on us” one organizer said
“We turned (the laser light) on and suddenly everyone dropped their papers and just started chasing it,” said Dr. Will Pepperoni, a 12-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair who has run the meeting for the past five years.
After controlling the sudden outburst, Dr. Pepperoni said he “didn’t really think much of it,” and put the pointer away, going back to his presentation.
Moments later after forgetting what had happened, he reportedly pulled the laser pointer out again and used it to underline a well-known muscle group on an anatomy chart.
“Ha ha ha, it was so awesome” said one participant
“One cat freaked! He jumped straight up and over three tables to try and get it,” said one participant. “He just about had it and then the laser turned off, he was so close!”
Reports indicate some cats chewed holes in the desktops, one ended up suspended upside down, hanging from the ceiling, and three cats crashed into the presentation wall trying to chase the laser and were taken to Stevens Hospital for their injuries.
“Every time they pointed it at a wall there was an accident,” said Debbie, a 9-year-old Domestic Short Hair chiropractor from Spokane. “It just wasn‘t safe, I tried to stay away from (the laser light) but I ate my way through a door just to get a good look at it.”
Debbie excitedly ate her way through this solid wood door just to get a glimpse of the rapidly moving beam
Overall, participants said after seeing the laser light appear, then disappear, then appear, then disappear again, they could only sit, black-eyed in a fit of sweat-ridden anxiety, just in case it appeared one more time.
The meeting was dismissed after it became obvious concentration was impossible. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Photos: Thanks to Janice
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 7:15 PM