The notion of breaking out of the system, to step out of our capitalist roles is so hard to fathom that only cats (and/or other non-human animals (but mostly cats)) are able to do it - humans find entertainment in watching this happen due to the fact that it seems so impossible. The cat has shifted from being an icon of self-care to a symbol of disruptiveness, laziness, and disengagement from productivity. The silliness of cats and the idea of detachment prosper in harmony; both appear amusing, unfeasible, and non-human.