To be sure, much is made of the role of dogs in our families and the outsized contribution they make to our health and happiness - indeed much is made of that on this very website by this very author! But this month we want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the lesser-sung heroes of the person-pet axis ...
The ones who quietly go about their business and resist the attention-grabbing antics of their canine compatriots. The ones whose stealth is unmatched and whose sophistication unquestionable. The ones who were worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, revered by successive dynasties in imperial China, celebrated in song by T.S. Eliot, and are the stars of YouTube’s most popular content. That’s right, the cats. And since it's March, we’re going out on a dainty feline limb and proclaiming Thursday, March 17th as the inaugural Feast of St. Cats!
As befits the creation of a new holiday - and yes, we have applied to the federal government to recognize it, for who among us wouldn't benefit from an extra day off? - we will begin by listing the many accomplishments which cats can claim:
Given all this, and really, it is a remarkable list of achievements, how should we reward the cats in our lives? They are so glad you asked! As well as the day itself, the King Dukes’ Cat Council has some great ideas for gifts and treats. Follow us!
First up, let’s talk beds. Being awesome, historic, smart, and magical is EXHAUSTING, and any old bed won’t do. Our top pick is this Creative Solutions Heated Pet Bed. That’s right, we said heated! Madewith super-soft foam and a dual-thermostat heater, the Creative Solutions Heated Pet Pad is almost as magical as the cat who sleeps on it - once your pet lies on its heated pad, the temperature rises to match your pet's natural body temperature. Incredible, and, by the way, washable. Wow.
For a cooler customer, we also love the 4Legs4Pets Premium Cots, whose 5" elevation helps pets stay above hot or damp surfaces, and whose breathable open-weave mesh cover keeps them cool through increased air circulation. Easy to assemble - no screws, nuts, bolts or tools! - they are ideal for traveling, camping, and boating, or just napping in the backyard. With 6 Premium Tweed fabric colors to choose from coordinating with your decor is easy!
Once rested, it’s time for some games, to put a fine point on it, laser games. Our feline friends are never happier than when we whip out our Kong® Laser Toy for Cats. Point the bright laser at the wall or floor and let your cat try to capture the elusive prey. The fun and interactive nature of the toy will keep your cat enticed for hours!
Want to kick it up a few levels? Then why not grab a Meowijuana Catnip Get Higher Than A Kite toy? Add the pawsome, all-natural catnip into this multi-colored kite and your kitty will be floating above cloud 9. The durable construction keeps this kite in the air for an experience so good, your cat won't want to come down. Groovy.
All that hunting and, er, floating, is hungry work, but of course we can take care of that too! We love the full range of Northwest Naturals Freeze Dried Cat Nibbles, which had testers purring over all five flavors: turkey, chicken, whitefish, duck, and rabbit. Plus, they are as good as they taste, since they’re made from the same meats found at your finest natural food stores, like tasty muscle and organ meats (that are chopped not ground), and high quality fish oils for nutritional support. Yummy!
Last but not least, a healthy cat is a happy cat, and we love the autoimmune support, hip and joint support, and anti-anxiety benefits offered by Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil. This easy-to-administer supplement provides a complete source of protein, with all 20 amino acids, as well as calcium, zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins. It is rich in omega-3, 6 and 9s, as well as antioxidants like Vitamin E and beta carotene. It has no contraindications, so it won’t interfere with other medications, and has no negative side effects. You might say it’s a purrrfect way to end a purrrfect day, and we wouldn’t blame you!
Siamese, rag doll, munchkin, or tabby; kitten, or senior, or in betweener, we have yet to meet a cat we didn’t like - even the ones who didn’t like us! So this St. Cats Day, don’t forget to give them our love as well as yours! Ciao - and meow - for now. 🐈🐾😻
*We polled all the cats we know and as such, this poll is 100% accurate. .
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Dogs are truly exceptional creatures who have saved lives, advanced science, and generally been all round awesome. In fact, such is the contribution of dogs to the success of humankind that we are minded to propose a canine Mount Rushmore dedicated to the hound heroes of history. It’s a crowded field since there have been many, many brilliant dogs, but if there were to be a Mount Barkmore - and we think there should be! - these are the four furry faces we would most like to see carved thereon. Woof!