Democrats v. Republicans. Cats v. dogs. How do they relate? A few years ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association researched preference of house pet in red and blue states with an unsurprising result: red states have the highest rate of dog ownership, and blue states are more likely to have cats as pets.
Nine of the top ten states for dog ownerships voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, despite Romney’s leaving his dog Seamus in a carrier on the car roof for a 12-hour road trip. Nine of the ten states with the fewest dogs per household voted for President Obama, in spite of the Bo, the First Dog. Four of the top five cat-loving states voted for the president although California, at 28.3 percent feline owning households, has one of the lowest rates of cat ownership. Cats in the United States do rule—74.1 million pet cats to 70 million pet dogs.
Four years ago, Keith Koffler tried to persuade his readers that cats are Republicans because they like freedom and don’t follow rules. Dogs herd sheep, help the blind, and sniff out bombs—showing that they like government jobs—according to Koffler.
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/27/1339526/-Why-cats-aren-t-Republican?detail=emailclassic Koffler evidently has never lived with a cat. Or understand the nature of Republicans. He might benefit by reading a piece from last fall called “Why Cats Are Not Republicans.”
- Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don’t try to legislate away your freedom to do it.
- Cats may take away your cushion, but they’ll give it back to you with a gentle push.
- Cats give you attention and sympathy when you’re sick.
- Females are treated with importance in the cat world.
- Cats make use of solar power, often all day long.
- Cats lick their own problems and take care of other cats too.
- Cats don’t blame black and brown cats for their troubles.
- Cats know how to ration their resources.
- Fat cats are not at the top of the cat hierarchy, are not cat role models, and have more trouble surviving and thriving, not less.
- While Republicans blindly follow authority, it is said that getting Democrats to act in unison is like herding cats.
- Cats don’t foul their own nest.
- Cats are popular and well-liked on the Internet and elsewhere.
Even conservatives know that they are dogs. Why else would the conservative Democrats be called Blue Dogs? [Thanks to Karen Nichols for the funny.]