I saw this story at Lucianne.com, so I had to check National Review's Corner. Sure enough, Jonah and Cosmo were all over the story. Even giving equal time to cats.
The Cat Lobby spinners are fast. From a reader:
All right, I just can’t let this go. Any cat owner can tell you that cats are much more interested in playing with string than they are with what’s attached to the other end. Food as an incentive for a cat? Get serious. The cats have staff to deal with food issues. They were just playing and the scientist is the one that isn’t smart enough to know the difference.