October 29, 2020 – National Oatmeal Day | National Cat Day

It’s Hard To Believe That Cats Ever Had Jobs, But Today We Celebrate Their Role As Expert Nappers!

Welcome to October 29, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a good start to the day and the pets who know how to stretch out a siesta.

Samuel Johnson, creator of the first proper English dictionary, was no fan of oatmeal. In his definition, he called it “A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.” His friend James Boswell, a Scotsman, replied “Aye, and that’s why England has such fine horses, and Scotland such fine people.” If you’re one of these fine people, you know how good oatmeal can be. It may not be the most exciting breakfast food, but it is perfect for chilly mornings. Add some fruit, honey, or syrup, and you’ve got a tasty and healthy start to your day. On National Oatmeal Day, celebrate with a bowl of the good stuff, or even a batch of oatmeal cookies. And if you’ve got a horse, feel free to share the love.

A lot of attention is paid to the hard working dog and by comparison cats seem a lot lazier, unless you take into account their role as influencers in funny hats on the internet.  But thousands of years ago cats emerged from the wild to play a useful role as mice catchers, stemming the spread of disease and helping yield better crops.  The Egyptians revered cats for their priceless role and even mummified cats to do their job in the afterlife, but when the Egyptian dynasty collapsed, cats found an even better job in the laps of the rich in Far Eastern India and Japan.  This is where the breeding of Siamese and Burmese cats began and with it the notion that cats were a luxury and not a mere farm hand. On National Cat Day we celebrate their place in our hearts as expert nappers. 

If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day!

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