Cats!

From Hot Air:

Confirmed: Liberals like cats more than conservatives do
POSTED AT 6:01 PM ON FEBRUARY 18, 2014 BY ALLAHPUNDIT
Alternate headline: “Time magazine confirms definitively that blogger is a RINO.”

You’ve all let me down. Again.

Lefties prefer dogs too, as you can see, just not as much as righties do. Why is that? The stereotype is that men like dogs while women like cats; men tend to trend Republican while women trend Democratic, so there you go. When PPP polled this last year, though, it found that women preferred dogs 49/22 while men preferred dogs 55/16 — a difference, but not a stark one. Maybe Time’s data is chiefly a byproduct of location, not gender. You’ve got more liberals living in cities, where there’s less space. Apartments are tricky for all but the smallest dogs but they’re fine for even the biggest cats. Taste may be shaped by simple logistics here.

Follow the link for 11 more questions exploring the left/right divide on subjects ranging from messy desks to fusion cuisine. (See if you can guess which side prefers documentaries and which prefers action/adventure. The answer may surprise you won’t surprise you at all.) The most interesting wrinkle is seeing where self-identified libertarians fall on the spectrum. I’m surprised to see them so far above water on whether kids need to learn respect for authority and whether the government should treat its own citizens’ lives as “much more valuable” than foreigners’. A movement that’s reliably pro-Snowden and anti-intervention wouldn’t be as far north of 50 percent on those issues as they are here, I’d have guessed, but maybe that says less about libertarians than about my stereotypes of them.

Pluto, our savage beast cat, watching a bunny in the next yard.    Pluto is a mighty huntress and more than one rabbit has become her lunch.  (Click to enlarge)

Pluto, our savage beast cat, watching a bunny in the next yard. Pluto is a mighty huntress and more than one rabbit has become her lunch. (Click to enlarge)

OK, this one bugs me. Think about the differences between cats and dogs. Dogs are needy and dependent, and if you take off for a day, leaving the dog at home, you are going to come back to a whiny animal who has pooped all over the floor. With cats, you can put in a large litter box and a huge bowl of food and water, leave for four days, and the cat will be fine and your floors unpooped-upon. The cat might want attention from you, but if he doesn’t get it, no big deal. Cats are exactly what we think people should be: self-reliant and independent!

If a domestic cat gets lost or somehow loses its home, as long as he isn’t too old or hasn’t been declawed, he will probably survive on his own just fine; cats are natural hunters, and can adapt to homelessness very quickly and efficiently. If a domestic dog loses his home, he is far more likely to be unable to survive on his own, other than by rooting through garbage cans, and some breeds have had virtually all hunting instinct bred out of them. Simply put, we have domesticated dogs to be liberals, while cats remain conservative.

8 Comments

  1. “OK, this one bugs me. Think about the differences between cats and dogs. Dogs are needy and dependent, and if you take off for a day, leaving the dog at home, you are going to come back to a whiny animal who has pooped all over the floor. With cats, you can put in a large litter box and a huge bowl of food and water, leave for four days, and the cat will be fine and your floors unpooped-upon. The cat might want attention from you, but if he doesn’t get it, no big deal. Cats are exactly what we think people should be: self-reliant and independent!

    If a domestic cat gets lost or somehow loses its home, as long as he isn’t too old or hasn’t been declawed, he will probably survive on his own just fine; cats are natural hunters, and can adapt to homelessness very quickly and efficiently. If a domestic dog loses his home, he is far more likely to be unable to survive on his own, other than by rooting through garbage cans, and some breeds have had virtually all hunting instinct bred out of them. Simply put, we have domesticated dogs to be liberals, while cats remain conservative.”

    A Rebuttal

    By DNW. Mr. Editor’s class, Feb 21 2014

    Cats are not really domesticated at all say zoologists. They have merely moved into an ecological niche they have found congenial; a human one. And whereas they once provided useful services, or side-effects, as mousers and the like, they no longer do so, lounging instead on the picture-window sill, waiting to be fed. Just like liberals.

    In this cats are like ladybugs that no longer redeem themselves by eating aphids. They just invade the house, get underfoot, and stain the carpet if you inadvertently step on one.

    Furthermore, dogs have two traits conservatives generally admire: courage and loyalty; whereas these traits seem to be invisible as far as cats go.

    Would you have any faith that your cat would concern itself with your welfare vis-a-vis a nighttime intruder? How many cats have rescued drowning toddlers at the lake? Add to that a dog’s sense of reciprocity (or real interpersonal justice) and a greater intelligence than cats, and it is easy to see why many people prefer them.

    The cat is a lazy self-centered hedonist playing its associates as suckers; “physically” emotional in its search for gratification, but without a mental overlay of higher level sentiment; pretending to “work” at empty “stalking”; demanding “affection” (stroking actually) when it wants it, while returning neither genuine affection, nor gratitude, nor loyalty.

    If you have mice in your barn, a cat may have some utility. Otherwise …

    THE END

    Ok, that’s best I could do on the spur of the moment.

  2. Furthermore, dogs have two traits conservatives generally admire: courage and loyalty; whereas these traits seem to be invisible as far as cats go.

    Then you’ve never seen a 5 lb, otherwise pampered house cat stand her ground to a 20 lb fox. This happened in my parents’ back yard a few years ago. OTOH, many a dog has run whimpering home to Mommy because a cat merely hissed at them.

    Cats are independent. Dogs are subservient. They’re the House Negroes of pets. Cats are more amusing because they’re unpredictable, and when they DO get into trouble, they’re just so darn cute when they do it!

    Now, a lot of this has to do with current pet breeding trends. Dogs have been micro-bred to the point of ridiculousness. If you spend a lot of time in the Great Outdoors, there are still a few manly type breeds still available. But most people today want a “Dog” they can keep in an apartment, a canine version of a cat, some little toy poodle or yap-dog of some sort. Dogs like that are only good for one thing – using as live bait to catch sharks.

  3. You guys like pets, eh? The only pet I have is my Obama Chia Pet. He’s fun to look at, quiet and doesn’t poop on the floor. Plus, if I don’t feed him the worst that happens is his hair falls out. The only down side is the little bastard freaks out my wife.

  4. DNW, you are just so wrong! Cats can be extremely loyal. And they are also brave, but are not built to defend humans against danger, while some dogs are.

    Pluto, pictured above, not only terrorizes the local rodent population — and she once snagged a bird out of mid-air — she also bosses the neighbors German Shepard. The dog, a female, is about mid-sized for a Shepard, and is pretty old, but Pluto thinks nothing of going into her yard and playing with/ messing with Blue.

  5. I tire of the ancient dog vs. cat argument. The very fact that we keep domesticated pets as companions, and not strictly as work animals, says something very good about humankind. Well, except for people with those little yap-yap dogs.

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