“Don’t make me send in the bad cat.”

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Failed to get “Don’t make me send in the bad cat.”
(The New Yorker. Source)

Does it mean “(Better behave yourself) Don’t make me send in a bad-tempered cop (to interrogate you)"?
 
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    Senior Member
    American English
    You have the meaning down, but they have substituted cats for cops, so it literally means the bad cat. Naturally, it's a play on good cop/bad cop.
     
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