Like Herding What?

“Leading, which means herding 240 or 435 cats in the same direction, ain’t easy anywhere and particularly in D.C.,” said Rep. Tim Scott fromSouth Carolina.

Mr. Scott may have thought this a good analogy, but my two cats, Owen and Twinkle, found it downright insulting.  And they have spared no meows in expressing their opinion. 

They may have a point.  Let’s do a bit of comparison, cats versus Congress: 

Which is Smartest

According to researchers at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, cats are capable of learning, thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and—perhaps most of all—adapting.

Lawmakers?  Well, let’s see. No marks for thinking this debt-ceiling issue through. Reasoning and problem solving were not demonstrated either. Learning?  We’ll have to wait and see about that.  But all the posturing indicates it is also a no.

One for the cats.

Which is Most Popular?

In an Associated Press poll, 41 percent of respondents say they like cats a lot.

Polls indicate that the overall approval rating for Congress is at 14 percent, an all-time low.

Two for the cats.

Which is Better at Problem Solving?

Give your kitty a good sniff of catnip, then try hiding it.  See how long it take you furry friend to solve that dilemma.

Congress?  In a CNN poll released yesterday, 77 percent of the public says lawmakers behave like spoiled children.  And then they go home to vacation with important legislation waiting… and costing the country over 1 billion dollars in lost taxes.

Three for the cats.

Which Operates Independently?

Well, cats certainly do. You say, “Here, kitty, kitty!” and your fluff ball ignores you. He lies down and goes to sleep, or runs out into the street, or does whatever he wants.

Congress?  Beholden as they are to lobbyists, with their eyes firmly fixed on the polls, they ignore their constituents and do whatever they want.

This one’s a tie.

What Twinkle and Owen?  You meowed?  Ahhh… You say sometimes getting a quiet nap is as hard as herding Congress?

“A catless writer is almost inconceivable.  It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.”

Barbara Holland



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4 responses to “Like Herding What?

  1. Jeanette

    This post made me laugh and lifted me out of a difficult day.

    Our cats, Princess and Tatiana (aka Tati) definitely run the show around here. Their names give away how highly they think of themselves. So in that way, they are like Congress (ha ha!!!).

    Love the quote at the end! I haven’t read an official rule, but I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement for a writer to have a cat if they aren’t allergic. Tati spends most of her day in my office, sitting in the window. She gave up her spot on the back of my chair when I wouldn’t let her use it as a scratching post. The cat that I had before her snoozed behind my computer and often walked across the keyboard. At least once a week Nathan would call to me, “Mom! Lucia typed something again!” I still miss her little notes.

    Give Owen and Twinkle a snuggle for me.

    🙂 Jeanette

  2. Aw, thanks Jeanette. I agree that every writer needs a cat. Unfortunately, everything in the quote is true!!

    • Jeanette

      It’s completely true! This morning I was turning the pages of a book and Tati wouldn’t stop batting at my hand. I banished her from the room. Don’t worry, she’ll be back.

  3. LOL… Don’t you love it?

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