SATURDAY SMITHERS BLOGGING….Yes, this is my darling cat, Smithers. And yes, that is a leash. We started getting her used to a harness when she was but a kitten, and while other cat owners are frequently surprised to hear it, she’s never minded it a bit. In fact, she usually comes running the moment we take it out of the drawer.

I’ve never entirely understood why it’s considered odd. Sure, leashes are generally associated with dogs, but we’ve taken Smithers for many a stroll. (We do, to borrow a phrase, get the funniest looks from everyone we meet.)

Is walking Smithers like walking a dog? Well, no. She stops quite a bit and, compared to a dog, she’s far less interested in going in the same direction we’re going in. That said, it’s probably not as awkward as one might expect.

And with that I give you, 24 hours late, a hearty dose of cat blogging for your reading pleasure.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.