Meow Mix: Mika, Joe and Willie Plan to Exploit Reporter

Cat fever is heating up on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” as hosts Mika, Joe and Willie are stepping up their game of giving Politico reporter Patrick Gavin a hard time about his three cats. In recent weeks, the crew has gotten extra catty, baiting and scratching Gavin at every turn, meowing in the background and playing songs such as “Cats in the Cradle.” In one serious segment about Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Joe worried aloud that Gavin was “losing his sense of humor.” He asked, “Why is Patrick being so serious? Can someone tell him it’s Friday?”

While Mika declared, “I love Patrick,” and suggested he looked like he was losing weight, Joe isn’t relenting. He says while most male reporters would “crawl under the desk and start whimpering” over the hazing and question their own manhood, Gavin just takes it. And don’t worry, they plan to push the envelope and further exploit him.”We’re going to mock the hell out of him the next time he comes on,” said Joe.

Shhh….it just so happens that Gavin is scheduled to appear on the program Thursday morning. We’ll see how it all plays out.

Some history: Watch the ribbing Gavin gets here. And here. Which led to this.