Because it's Pedantic Thursday, I'd like to point out that the actual allegory would be "cat's paw"; in the Aesop's fable, the monkey asked the cat to fetch some chestnuts from the fire, and while the cat nursed its singed paw the monkey ate the chestnuts.
A monkey's paw is actually a gift that has unintended (terrible consequences), after he horror short story by W. W. Jacobs.
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