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Zach Randolph, on cats: ‘Oh no, this dude about to scratch me — I know it!’

Jan 11, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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Memphis Grizzlies' Allen tires to pass the ball to Randolph around Boston Celtics' Garnett and Pierce during their NBA basketball game in Boston

I’ve always said if you look deeply enough into the eyes of a cat you’ll realize you can’t trust them. Dogs, trustable. Cats? NOPE. And Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, despite being 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, shares that sentiment with me.

Any time he sees a cat, he’s busy trying to avoid the chance that they scratch him. As a person who received their first cat scratch at the age of 10 when I tried to pet a friend’s cat and it mauled me, I can understand.

Plus, why are they so acrobatic? Nothing should ever be that acrobatic. Not even an acrobat.

Randolph appeared in a recent episode of Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls and Parolees, in which he helps rescue a pit bull trapped in a drainpipe.

“You can’t be both a dog lover and a cat lover,” Randolph says. “I’ve got a crazy phobia about cats. For some reason, I’m always thinking they’re going to scratch me. If a cat walks up, I’m going, ‘Oh no, this dude about to scratch me — I know it!’ Cats scare the hell out of me. I love animals, but I’m no cat lover. Guys usually aren’t.”

I’ve always said, “If this cat was 200 pounds heavier he’d be trying to eat me right now”. I’m sure Zach would agree.