Ladies and gentlemen of the furry jury,
Today on The Crepes Case, I’d like to present to you all of the evidence I have gathered in the case of:
The Succulent Murders
The Crime: One peaceful winter day, with Spring just appearing in the air, MomFOD decided to start getting her plants ready for outdoor life. When the ambitious aloe plant pupped, she split it up into new pots, eight of them, in fact. Springy, green, and healthy, those aloe plants didn’t stand a chance with their tasty looking little bits. They were hunted down, systematically, one by one. Murder was attempted. They weren’t the only ones; the spiny succulents that had outgrown their pots were also on the perp’s radar.
The Perp: No perpetrator was found on the scene, merely a felled aloe plant, its sandy, dry soil haphazardly spilled across the floor. And then another, and another. This wasn’t an isolated case. This, my friends, was a cereal murder (though no pops, puffs, or smacks were harmed in the making of this case.)
I demand justice and will stop at nothing!
The Search: I carefully cordoned off the crime scene and inspected it for finger prints. After a thorough dusting, I found nothing out of the ordinary.
The Crime Scene.
The Verdict: I blame The Succulents themselves. If those little jerks didn’t look so wiggly and fun, nothing would have happened to them. They were asking for it. Asking for it, I tell you! And they got it, good! MomFOD has jailed them, with a sentence of three weeks to life. I’m going to keep an eye on those succulents.
Justice has been served. They’re in the Big House now. (Actually, the Big House is a lot smaller than I expected)
What do you guys think? Those succulents deserve to be jailed, right? Or MomFOD wouldn’t have done it! Yeah, I thought so.
NOTE FROM MOMFOD: Aloe Vera plants, although beneficial to people, are poisonous to cats and dogs, according to the ASPCA and other sources. I was keeping some aloe plants to overwinter in an area of the house where the cats couldn’t reach. After I repotted them, I left them on the table for a short period and they were knocked over by Crepes, who refuses to admit it was her (me think she doth protest too much). I found a plant case at Ikea for less than $20 and have now securely locked up the aloe plants. If your cat ingests aloe, watch for vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, and change in urine color. Contact your vet if you suspect aloe poisoning. Visit the ASPCA’s poison page for more info.