Is Take Your Dog to Work Day Feline Discrimination?Published June 16, 2010
Our cats are avid followers of Petside's Facebook site.
While they don't spend time playing those interactive farming games to which my husband and I are addicted, they do enjoy spending a few minutes each day purrusing the fascinating items, reading the interesting comments and looking at the pretty photographs for which Petside.com is famous.
It is even rumored our creative kitties may one day design their very own Facebook page to invite like-minded felines to become "friends." My unshared computer time may be at risk here, folks.
This said, the other day Hubble, our white Oriental Shorthair cat appeared quite upset. He whispered in my ear that he "felt discriminated against" while viewing the announcement posted on the site, "Take Your Dog to Work Day" on June 25. Petside.com even invited the folks who participated in last year's celebration to submit photos of their pooches at their jobs, no matter what their occupation. No matter if it is a spa, an office, or a shop, Petside.com was looking for canine photos "with a quote from your dog's point of view!"
Hubble was disconsolate while I explained that there is already an established "Take your Dog to Work Day." I advised him to become more proactive for his cause. Since a formal "Take your Pet to Work" day exists during the third week in June, and "Take your Cat to Work Day" proposed by The Curator's Corner blog was only celebrated once, in August 2008, it looks like a "National Bring Your Cat to Work Day" concept is still rather unsuccessful. A herculean task lay ahead if he wanted this important day to be featured.
We all know how effective cats can be in manipulating humans to do their bidding. With his big sorrowful blue eyes, he begged me to share his concern about the blatant omission of a holiday which gives felines the equal right for a visit and to publicly spend time at their human's work place. Oh, and also those captioned photos!
Of course, as a feline devotee I am equally distraught about what may be subliminally labeling cats as second class Catizens. While there are many "Take Your Cat to the Vet" and "Neuter and Spay Your Cat" days set aside to which I am in no way demeaning, my cats and I feel there is an equally compelling need to inaugurate a holiday which gives our felines the honor they deserve and to celebrate their importance in our lives.
At least we were happy to have found one feline loving gal, skeezixthecat, who celebrated "Bring Your Pet to Work Day' last year, and made a video starring her beloved kitty.
Hey cat lovers! What are your thoughts about bringing cats to work and commemorating a special day? Leave a comment.
Photo via "Mad Men" The Office Cat