National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day (January 22)
Check out the weird holiday National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day on Jan 22. Learn its history and get ideas on how to celebrate.
One weird holiday on January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!
History of National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
Not going to lie, this is probably one of the weirdest holidays on this website! It was first started by Ruth and Thomas Roy of wellcat.com, and it’s not the only holiday they’ve created. This is definitely one of the stranger ones, though!
Sure, curiosity killed the cat and everything, but does your cat really have questions you need to answer?
It may seem like it sometimes – can I scratch up this couch? Where can I go to the bathroom? Can I sit in the clean laundry basket?
But let’s be honest – does your cat really ask for permission to do those things? Or do they just do whatever they want?
There might be other questions – why do you take pictures of me with that flash? Why are you bringing people to the house when I hate it? Why can’t I go outside? Why did you throw away the dead mouse I left for you?
Good luck with those answers! Perhaps understanding cats a little better can help you answer those questions as you try to put yourself in your cat’s shoes for the day.
People in the Near East began living with housecats as early as 7500 BC. In ancient Egypt, cats were used for social and religious practices. They were considered holy housepets and were actually mummified with the same reverence as humans! Many Egyptian gods had heads of cats.
The real reason the Ancient Egyptians valued cats so much was because they had the ability to kill venemous snakes. Europeans, on the other hand, appreciated their cats for killing rats and other pests.
Cats wer brough along with the Romans to the British to the Vikings, but during the Middle Ages, the rulers thought the cats were the source of the Black Death and thousands were killed. Unfortunately, the cats could have kept the rats (the real cause of the plague spreading) in better check.
Cats finally began to be appreciated again in the 15th century, when they were allowed on board ships to help keep pests away. Some may have even been on Christopher Columbus’s ship. The discovery by ship of the Americas led to cats thriving in the new land.
In 1978, the cartoon Garfield – about a beloved, grumpy, fat cat who loves lasagna – was launched and quickly became popular. Then in 1993, cats finally outnumbered dogs as the most popular housepet.
Once the internet became widely available, videos and memes about cats were quickly spread via email and eventually social media. At the end of 2014, the Grumpy Cat Facebook page reached 7 million likes.
To celebrate this weird holiday about answering your cat’s questions, you could make a TikTok video of you having a conversation with your cat. Another idea is to just follow them around your house and see what they do. (Yes, go stalk your cat today.)
The point of this holiday is to help people understand their cats better so they can be happier, so spend today just focusing on understanding your cat and its motives and reasoning.
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