Paul Gaylord spent a month in intensive care due to infection from the bubonic plague. According to a Daily Mail article, Gaylord developed the symptoms after he was bitten by a stray cat his family took in. There are some horrifying pictures of what the plague did to Paul that can be seen here, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’m glad he’s OK, but when you invite a cat into your home you are asking for this kind of trouble. One minute a cat can be staring through your soul with its human-like eyes as if it wants to kill you; the next minute it can be transferring to you the most deadly virus known to man. You can’t win with these animals.