Mika Brzezinski Bizarrely Pulls Cat Out Of Bag On "Morning Joe"
On Wednesday's edition of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, co-host Mika Brzezinski didn't let the cat out of the bag -- but she let a cat out of a bag. The frightened feline, who apparently belongs to Brzezinski's co-host, Joe Scarborough, made her way onstage inside what appears to be a canvas bag, to the clear horror and bewilderment of most everyone on set.
Brzezinski claimed she'd been taking care of Scarborough's cat and "working with her" after reports that the feline was behaving aggressively. But, according to feline behavior expert Mikel Delgado, dealing with the cat's aggression still isn't quite reason enough to bring her on national television inside a bag.
"First, I would definitely want to know more about what kind of aggression the cat displayed -- perhaps he should seek professional help for working with her behavior instead of giving her to his co-worker," Delgado said. "Second, while the cat is tolerant of handling, she doesn't look totally relaxed -- note the lip-licking, hiding her head in the towel. She's also certainly not totally terrified -- although some cats tend to shut down a little when they are afraid, so that could be what is going on."
Delgado also pointed out that Brzezinski mentions the cat is unspayed, which she advocates against, and that the co-host appears to be holding the cat without proper support (cats shouldn't be held without supporting the rear), which could cause discomfort for the pet. "Basically, I'd want more context on the nature of the problems Scarborough was having with her, where he got her, what she's doing with his co-worker and why she isn't spayed! Otherwise, this seems like a gimmick -- and not really a good example of responsible pet ownership."