Collage by Julia Lillard
Cats had a wonderful existence filled with immortal pleasures of the most tantalizingly deliciously satisfying nature when they lived on their paradisaical cat planet free of all cares and full of humorous fun and games and limitless sensual creativity. For example; what better way to enjoy a perfect day than to while away the hours pretending you are piece of sushi floating listlessly on placid waters before fanciful palaces of sugarcoated fantasy?
The decadence of the Lyran Cat Civilization is amply demonstrated in the above diagram that shows the many elaborate costumes donned by the cats in their elaborate role-playing charades. Most insidious was the predilection for assuming the form of various foodstuffs, mostly unhealthy, such as hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and sushi. The popularity of being food - not merely eating it but being it, was a trend known as "Transcommodification" (which supplanted the earlier metaphysical ideal of "decommodification"). This penchant for metamorphosis developed into an addiction epidemic that ravaged feline society and precipitated the downfall of extraterrestrial cat civilization.