July 4th is not exactly a cat’s favorite holiday, what with all the fireworks going off everywhere. But cats everywhere still celebrate the beloved liberties hard won in our noisy revolution. And even as our government and business leaders completely defy our most beloved democratic values that we were told our nation is all about, we have to celebrate, celebrate those freedoms. Because that’s the kind of cats American cats are. When the going gets tough, we don’t get mad. We get ballistic!!
Dog parks, schmog parks. What about the cat parks, people? In feline-forward Oakland, CA (home base for the entire Self Help for Cats empire), cat-activists are asking just that. This dog-happy hamlet offers its city-bound canines no less than FIVE DOG PARKS in which to frisk about and catch frisbees. Meanwhile, the local cat population suffers without so much as a sidewalk strip dedicated to their pure, dog-free enjoyment.
This and other inequalities were recently brought to Oakland city leaders’ attention by Chairman Meow, spokes-human of a group that calls itself Ay Gato!, “the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Cat Army’s nonviolence front group.” In a statement apparently read to city council, Chairman Meow said the group envisions, “a cat play area with large sandboxes, bird and rodent habitat, trees for climbing,” etc.
In another statement, these cat visionaries assert: “Building a cat park at Lake Merritt would provide cat owners with a lovely opportunity to teach our cats to swim in the lake and bike the area. Dogs aren’t even litter trained!”
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