After months of arguments, Oscar the cat agreed to go to family therapy. He thought he’d finally be able to work through his differences with his brother and roommate, Terrence. The pair’s first session reportedly didn’t end well.
“I guess things just got too real,” said close friend Myles Tanzi.
The two cats have been living together since July and the fighting began almost immediately.
“As soon as Terrence moved into Oscar’s pad they were at each other’s throats,” said Tanzi. “Fighting over the best sun spots, over the water dish, over crumpled wads of paper, and so on.”
Tanzi said the therapy was his idea, and he suggested it after having success working through some of his own family issues with his psychoanalyst. But the results of the first session don’t bode well for the future. The two cats got into a physical altercation during a role play about who could sit on windowsill.
“It’s a process,” he said. “I’m just not sure if Oscar will want to go back next week after the fight.”
In a bid to appeal to wider audiences, Netflix has been investing significantly in original content for cats. And it looks like the streaming service might have a hit.
Birds, an episodic drama that, as the name implies, follows a group of birds as they migrate South for the winter and struggle to avoid all manner of hazards (including cats), has become a hit with feline viewers. Mashable reported today that Netflix has put in an order for seasons 2 and 3, and will expand from the existing 6-episode format to a full 13 episode arc for each new season.
“This type or order isn’t unprecedented,” said Mashable entertainment writer Zane Patterson, “but it usually indicates that Netflix is seeing strong viewer numbers.”
The show certainly has positive social indicators. Twitter said that it has been the number one most tweeted about television show on the network since it debuted last week. Meanwhile, Google searches for “Downy Woodpecker,” one of the bird species featured on the show, are up 261% week-over-week.
Netflix does not release actual viewer numbers.