• Question: In your interview you tell a joke, can you please explain it to me?

    Asked by ella97 to Cat on 23 Jun 2011.
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      Cat O'Connor answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi Ella,

      You know you are the first person to ask me about this, and I’m shocked that you are only one! maybe you’re the only one who has read my profile (

      So the ‘Miximatoasties’ thing i mentioned is a bit of a word play on the disease called Myxomatosis that infects animals. I think you could kinda guess that I would put a joke down about an animals disease!

      In rabbits in this country myxomatosis causes a really nasty disease. At first, normally the disease is visible by lumps and puffiness around the head and genitals. It then may progress to acute conjunctivitis and possibly blindness; however, this also may be the first indication of the disease and this is how must people recognise the disease. The rabbits become listless, lose appetite, and develop a fever. Secondary bacterial infections occur in most cases which cause pneumonia and purulent inflammation of the lungs. In typical cases where the rabbit has no resistance death may take place rapidly, often in as little as 48 hours. Death usually occurs within 14 days. So yeah it’s a really horrible disease, something i shouldn’t really be joking about if I think about it! Woopsie.

      Does this explain it? Let me know if it doesn’t and i’ll try and do a better job!

      Cat 😀