Saint Pat’s Cat wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! She says, “Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick pounce and an easy one. A pretty hooman and an honest one. A cute kitten and another one!” (Slightly rewritten)
May the luck of the Irish be with you! Meow!
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated by many around the world to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. This holiday is often associated with the color green, leprechauns, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. However, did you know that cats can also be a part of this festive occasion?
The Irish Cat Kings: Cait Sidhe
In Irish folklore, there is a legend about Cait Sidhe, the fairy cat and King of Cats. According to the story, Cait Sidhe was a witch who could transform into a black cat with a white spot on its chest. It was believed that on Samhain (Halloween), Cait Sidhe would visit homes to bless those who left out saucers of milk for her.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it is said that Cait Sidhe roams the countryside in search of celebrations to join in on. Some people leave out food and drink for Cait Sidhe as an offering in hopes that it will bring good luck.
Dressing Up Your Cat for St. Patrick’s Day
If you’re looking to dress up your feline friend for St. Patrick’s Day, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure their safety and comfort:
Make sure the costume fits properly and doesn’t restrict movement or breathing
Avoid costumes with small parts or loose strings that your cat could ingest
Only keep your cat in costume for short periods of time
Always supervise your cat while they are wearing a costume
Some cute ideas for St. Patrick’s Day costumes include dressing your cat up as a leprechaun or adding some shamrock accessories like collars or bow ties.
Lucky Cat Breeds
While all cats are lucky in their own way, there are certain breeds that have been associated with luck or have connections to Ireland:
Siamese cats were believed to bring good fortune in Thailand
Irish Shorthairs are native to Ireland and have been featured on Irish postage stamps
Manx cats from the Isle of Man were thought to be lucky because they had no tails
Celebrating with Your Cat on St. Patrick’s Day
There are plenty of ways to celebrate this holiday with your feline friend:
Make green treats such as tuna or chicken flavored snacks
Play with shamrock-shaped toys
Have a cozy movie night together featuring films set in Ireland such as “The Secret of Kells” or “Brooklyn”
Including your cat in your holiday celebrations can make them even more special.
St. Patrick’s Day is not just about leprechauns and pots of gold; it can also be an opportunity to celebrate our furry companions! From dressing them up in festive attire to including them in traditional festivities, there are many ways cats can be incorporated into this holiday. So don’t forget about our feline friends this St. Patrick’s day!