Transforming war criminals into cats, which to begin with seemed to offer an effective, low-cost and beneficial alternative to prison, has been shown to be a dangerous practice: starting off as cute, cuddly kittens, as they grow these neo-cats turn out to be voracious, devious, a little aggressive, and according to some accounts, in possession of a greatly above-average life expectancy, which, given their disastrous ageing, leaves one to fear the worst. Though their development is regular with age, it might be feared that at the age of 50, they be ferocious cantankerous and loudmouthed monsters, loaded with pustules and fleas, even capable of killing babies.