There is a Twitter Feed or a hashtag called “Academics with Cats” from the Twitterer: Academia Obscura. It is an extension of what we have all experienced: our darling cat getting involved in our work. This does not automatically mean that we are less productive although it usually does mean that but there are hidden benefits to being less productive such as calm and contentment! Our cat reminds us that there is more to life than rattling out another article or document. The percentage of academics with cats is probably higher than the average. Intelligent females are more likely to enjoy the company of a domestic cat.
Here is a series of selected photographs from that Twitter page. When the image is large you can see the larger version by clicking on the photo.
“This dog is a metaphor for my current to-do list. I am the cat….”
Dean Dudley: “How is one suppose to grade papers with ‘Leonardo’ helping?”
Trickster: “This is why my students won’t be getting their papers back on Monday…”
Ruth Oswald Wareham: “Our newest family member, Lily, getting to grips with some epistemology…”
Ruth Mather: “5pm Friday. Your work intervention assistant has arrived…”
Amanda Pavlick: “Optimus pawrest….”
Susan Gill: “Nope, I’m not getting off your papers till my chin is scratched…”
Emma Nielsen: “Can’t help but notice that my glamorous stats assistant has fallen asleep on the job…”
There is a nice gentle intelligence about the humor which could only come from the academic community I suspect.
Twitter source: https://twitter.com/AcademiaObscura