It’s true that cats can suck the souls out of other living creatures. No question. Human babies most famously, but also rodents, reptiles, birds, bugs, dogs and certain ornamental plants, and they do it as casually as you or I might pluck low-hanging fruit from a tree.
Only under extreme circumstances do cats consume the bodies of animals larger than themselves, of course, but make no mistake. My Acadia bites me almost every day and sometimes, after I’ve taken a shower, she exfoliates my scalp with her tongue.
Tasting me? I’ve wondered. Testing the ripeness of my soul? I’ve wondered that, too.