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'He who made kittens...': Cat care tips from Jethro Tull

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153455__kitten_lGood news, kitties! Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has penned a lengthy essay on your proper care and feeding and posted it on the JT website! (Thanks to Stereogum for the heads-up, and to EW Associate Picture Editor Katy Caldwell for this photo of Prudence Pulitzer Caldwell.)

I know what you’re thinking, kitties: “But Whitney, does this mean that he is no longer available to blow our minds with his special mix of Celtic folk music and cutting, social-critique lyricism?” Never fear, my furry friends: the Tull have been out on an acoustic tour of Northern Europe, and if only you had been able to mew your way to Helsinki, Finland, last night, you would already know that.

What? Don’t cry, kitties! Anderson will be back out on the road in no time. Meanwhile, take heart in the fact that he gets it – check out this passage:

Pickingkittens (or cats) by the scruff of the neck may seem to some like thetraditional way to handle your pet. This is really not a good idea.They hate it!

You’re telling me that doesn’tblow your mind, fluffies? Sigh. All right. Here, then, are a couplesweet video tracks for you. They will have to do. I cannot get a saucerof sweet milk through the Internets.

Jethro Tull - “Heavy Horses”
Jethro Tull - “Kashmir” cover, a.k.a. “The Most Prog-Rockiest Video Of All Time”

Originally posted November 29 2006 — 10:23 PM EST

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