Memorial Day and Cats in Service
We here at Siamese Cat Spot are based in the United States, so the last Monday in May is a holiday–Memorial Day! It means a lot of things: the kickoff of summer, neighborhood BBQ’s, shopping discounts, home improvement projects. But most importantly it is a day to remember and honor all the men and women who gave their lives in military service to the United States of America. We would like to take a moment to do just that.
Cats in the Military
Cats hold a special place in the military as well. The U.S. Naval Institute compiled wonderful pictures to illustrate the history shared between cats and sailors at Cats in the Sea Services
In addition to offering sailors much needed companionship on long voyages, cats provided protection by ridding ships of vermin. Without the presence of cats, a crew might find their ship overrun with rats and mice that would eat into the provisions, chew through ropes and spread disease. The more superstitious sailors believed that cats protected them by bringing good luck. It was also common for crews to adopt cats from the foreign lands they visited to serve as souvenirs as well as reminders of their pets at home.
This is one of our favorites:
We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day! We’re spending ours refinishing the hardwood floors–under strict kitty supervision, of course, so we’d best get back to it 😉