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Let us introduce you to this odd feline-themed holiday, which has a rich (if obscure) tradition.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Dec 15th 2015


It’s the time of year when we all gear up to celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. That’s cool, but while you busy yourself trimming the tree, tending to the menorah, and figuring out the Kujichagulia, please take time out to observe that most magnificent occasion, National Cat Herders’ Day, which falls on Dec. 15.

What is this holiday about? Well, according to a no doubt highly religious organization called Wellcat, here’s the official line:

“If you can say that your job, or even your life, is like trying to herd cats, then this day is for you, with our sympathy.”

If you’re still none the wiser — and, frankly, why should you be? — I’ve done what I suspect is the greatest ever amount of research into the National Cat Herders’ Day. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Cleanliness and cat herding do not mix

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At heart, cat herding is about letting go of the daily stresses and obligations of life and scheduling enjoyment of a little downtime. As this marvelous assortment of cats know, doing laundry on National Cat Herders’ Day is nothing less than a sin.

2. No food shall go to waste

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In ancient cat herding times, food was sacrosanct. These obedient kittens in a compost bin are upholding the traditions of their elders by ensuring that no morsel goes to waste.

3. One cat, one bowl

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With food playing such an important role in the cat herding celebrations, it is vital that each dutiful kitty has his or her own bowl to worship and feast at.

4. Each one treat one

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These eager orthodox kitties are patiently waiting to receive their ceremonial treat and blessing from their human overlord.

5. Acknowledge your history

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Behold this fantastic photograph from a simpler time when cat herding was a vital and respected profession. Sometimes progress is not always a good thing.

6. Patience is king

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These faithful cats are waiting patiently at the window for the traditional cat herding sparrow to appear. When he chirps, the festivities can begin in full.

7. It was a very good year: 1878

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The year when National Cat Herders’ Day was first celebrated is said to be 1878. This archival image is believed to show a dashing scene from the very first cat herding festivities. Salute the heritage.

How will you and your kitties celebrate National Cat Herders’ Day? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author: Phillip Mlynar writes about cats, music, food, and sometimes a mix of all three. He considers himself the world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats.