Celebrating Cat Herders Day

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is officially upon us. There are a lot of important holidays at this time of year. However, there is one that you may not know about. December 15h is Cat Herders Day! How does one go about herding cats? A Folsom, CA vet discusses this kitty-centric holiday below.

What Is Cat Herding?

Do cat herders really exist? Not literally. According to the Wikipedia definition, cat herding is “An idiom denoting a futile attempt to control or organize a class of entities which are inherently uncontrollable – as in the difficulty of attempting to command a large number of cats into a group (herd).”Cats, as you may have noticed, are very opinionated little furballs. They can also be, well, a bit stubborn. It isn’t easy to get your kitty to do something she doesn’t want to. For example, Fluffy may not come when you call her. In fact, studies have shown that kitties sometimes deliberately ignore their owners’ calls!

Is Herding Cats Even Possible?

There are some things that our feline pals just can’t seem to resist. Boxes are one example. If you put an empty box down on the floor, there’s a good chance that your pet will immediately hop into it. Fluffy even sometimes jumps into the mere outline of boxes! Other things that attract kitties? Sunbeams, sheet-changing time, and recently vacated seats. (Note: can openers used to be on that list, though this one has died down a bit since pop-top lids have become popular.)

Tips For Celebrating Cat Herders Day

Your kitty won’t really know about Cat Herders Day, and, to be honest, she probably wouldn’t care if she did. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t give Fluffy a special treat. A can of tuna would not be inappropriate way to celebrate this feline holiday. You can also offer your furball a cute new toy, or perhaps a new bed. A fun play session is also a great way to pamper your feline friend. Of course, the best way to get that little motor going is to simply pay attention to your cat, and let her snuggle up to you when she wants.

All of us here at Veterinary Healing Center of Folsom, your Orangevale, CA animal clinic, want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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