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Army man tries to disprove 'crazy cat lady' myth
LOS ANGELES -- You don't have to be a crazy cat lady to have more than one cat at a time -- and Army Spc. Nathan Davis wrote the essay to prove it.
Davis' essay about a day with his cats, Cmdr. Frank Sinatra and Sgt. Snog, won a contest to debunk stereotypes of "crazy cat ladies." He gets $5,000, a year's worth of Purina's Tidy Cats and a role in a Webisode promoting the litter.
The money comes just days before Christmas and four months before Davis has to leave for his first tour of duty in Iraq.
Davis, 26, of Petersburg, Va., was one of hundreds to enter the contest. His essay recounts the day in Army-time increments. At 0815 hours, for example, "Sgt. Snog does weaving drills between my feet as I make coffee."
And before turning in at night, there is this: "1700 hours: Return home to find cats off duty, but my work is not done. A feather on a string doesn't fly itself, the look on their faces say."