Happy Herding Cats Day

Whoopee ti yi yo! At the end of this 2006 video is an ad for a company that is long gone, but the gitting along of little kitties lingers on.

As any feeder for a feral cat colony can testify, herding cats is easy under the right circumstances. “Harder than herding cats” is just a negative stereotype. If you consider herdability to be a good thing, that is, which I suspect many feliphiles do not.

(If the proximity of giant hooves to little furry heads makes you squirm, rest assured that cats and horses in this video were filmed separately.)


5 Amazing Things About Cats

I confess I share Mayim Bialik’s distaste for certain doggy characteristics, which probably contributes to me being a cat person (although I have a theory that I could’ve gone either way as a child, if I’d grown up with both dogs and cats).

Alert: there is a sad note at the end of this video. If you want to skip that, stop it at 4:36.

The Psychedelic Vision of Cats

Closeup of the face of a cat which is staring fixedly at somethingAccording to this post on PetMD, cats probably perceive the ultra violet light spectrum, and all of the things it makes shiny, which humans cannot. Before you envy our furry friends for their superior vision, think about it for a minute. Do you really want to be able to see urine and other bodily fluids wherever they might be?

I didn’t think so. 🙂

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Dear Cattykism,

Although I pride myself on my aplomb, between you and me, there are occasions that catch me by surprise. How can I buy a little time to consider the correct reaction to a situation without revealing my uncertainty?


Dear Obfuscat,

We all find ourselves in these situations, especially those of us who live with humans, who are so frequently bewildering or eccentric in their behaviors. There are several ways to postpone a reaction while determining a suitable course in a new or confounding situation.

If the circumstance is more one of confusion than threat, spontaneous grooming sessions are never inappropriate. Distraction by potential prey is also entirely permissible. This includes prey that may not be perceptible to the blunted vision of humans.

If the situation is potentially alarming, we recommend an interlude of post scratching (or whatever is available). While this is not as overtly hostile as a stare, hiss or snarl, it subtly underscores one’s readiness for battle, should battle become necessary.

Finally, retiring to a location of established safety from which you can reconnoiter may be a prudent strategy. This time-honored tactic is preferred by many of our readers who are of a more conservative disposition.

We hope these suggestions have been of assistance, and commend you for your diligence in upholding the dignity of all felines.

The Cattychism Panel