OMG!!! Jess and I were just talking and somehow the incident when she was about 3 or 4 and colored our cat's tummy green wtih a marker came up. For YEARS I have wondered what was going on that made her think it was a good idea to color the cat?? At the time we had gone through the don't color on walls, furniture, etc... but pets never came into it. I also have NO idea HOW she got the cat to allow it - she was not scratched at all by him and he wasn't bothered by it except when I washed what I could out. He didn't think much of that. So, WHY did she color his belly green? It looked like a coloring book so she thought seh was supposed to. This cat had grey and black stripes on his sides, legs, face but his belly and neck were white. Just like the outlines on a coloring book. O. M. Word, what a thought process. She told me now because she didn't know I didn't understand why she did it then. she thought it was obvious. You have a white wall, you paint it. You have a coloring book with a white area, you color it. You have a cat with a white belly? You get a marker and turn his white belly green. This is VERY much in character with how her mind works. Once she said it I had a total "DUH" go through my head - because it is just so quintessentially Jessiemess. It just is. Maybe someday she will tell us how she got the cat to cooperate. he was HER cat though - the rest of us were just to feed him and open the door.