Are you Kittying me? looks at unbelievable cat stories that have happened. In this first story Norwegian woman Nano Er Katt believes she actually is a cat.
I know you’re reading this and believe there’s a joke upcoming…well there’s not. Still in disbelief? Take a look at the video she released.
“I realized I was a cat when I was 16 when doctors and psychologists found out what was “the thing” with me. Under my birth there was a genetic defect,” are the words she used within the video if you didn’t want to take her seriously! She also makes claims of being able to see better at night (which of course cannot be proven) and that she will remain a cat her entire life.
The condition is called species dysphoria and can be explained in the following fashion:
As described by those who experience it, species dysphoria may include sensations of supernumerary phantom limbs associated with the species, such as phantom wings or claws. Species dysphoria involves feelings of being an animal or other creature “trapped in” a human body and so is different from the traditional definition of clinical lycanthropy, in which the patient believes they have actually been transformed into an animal or have the ability to physically shapeshift. However, some cases that have been labeled as “clinical lycanthropy” actually seem to be cases of species dysphoria, involving persons who have no delusion of transformation but instead have feelings of being in some way a non-human animal, while still acknowledging they possess a human form.
If someone suffers from species dysphoria or species identity disorder what can be done for them? Advanced treatments do not exist as studies done on the topic are highly controversial and without much scientific backing. So, for now we have to wait and wonder what the true medical reason for this disorder. It would seem to be highly unlikely that someone would want to be mocked for the attention.
But at the end of the day is Nano hurting anyone? Nah. To be honest who wouldn’t want to be a snarky cat?!