Normally when some kind of social media storm gets stirred up, I stay quiet. Let the kids eat their Tide Pods. Pay no attention to the public shaming of some stranger. Ignore the latest outrage.
But as a cat, I cannot let this lie stand. Contrary to what some humans are saying on Twitter, we cats are wholly in favor of the Presidential Alert System.
Cats like being informed. It’s common knowledge we are curious, but that’s just a patronizing way of acknowledging we like to stay apprised of our surroundings. That includes national emergencies, thank you very much.
Put yourself in my shoes for a minute. Yes, I know I don’t wear shoes, but imagine if I did. Why are you squeeing? Alright, different metaphor. Imagine you’re in my place. That work for you? Okay. You’re a cat, you have no idea how to turn on a TV remote, and there’s a national emergency. How do you find out? That’s right: the Presidential Alert System. A blaring klaxon is literally the only way I’m going to find out about it.
Sure, maybe sometimes cats completely flip out when they hear sudden, loud noises. And maybe a few cats did that when the national alert went out yesterday. I may or may not have been one of them. But you know who else flipped out? Millions of humans. Mine about choked on his cereal, in fact. Spilled milk all over the place. You don’t see me taking to Twitter to humiliate him, though.
So before you paint an entire species with a broad brush, how about taking two seconds to consider whether the majority of that species might feel a different way?