La Journée Internationale du Chat Noir

Today, 17th August, is Black Cat Appreciation Day.

I know. Cats don’t quite have enough days in the year which are all about them, so what a splendid idea to make more.

Anyway, the Special Day Makers of this world are way ahead of us. We missed Hug Your Cat Day on 4th June and International Cat Day on 8th August, but we can still look forward to Feral Cat Day on 16th October, erm … Cat Herders’ Day (?) on 15th December, and – I promise I’m not making this up – Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day on 22nd January.

Now, before we start answering any of Louis Catorze’s questions, I think he owes us some answers. This is what I would like to know:

1. “Why do you always do the opposite of whatever people expect (or want)?”

2. “How do you teleport from The Back to The Front and back again?”

3. “What was it that made you so ill and, apart from the copious amounts of drugs, what made you better again?”

4. “Where did you find that enormous curly-haired rat?” (In case you missed that delightful tale, here it is. And I have one friend – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE – who still remains very upset with me, all these years later, because I didn’t photograph the rat:

Me, to Cat Daddy: “What questions would you ask Louis, if you could?”

Cat Daddy, without looking up from his laptop: “Why are you such a [expletive]?”

[Silence, tumbleweed, crickets]

I assume that that was his question to Catorze, and not something he was saying to me.

Here is Catorze, pondering his answers to our questions (apart from that last one). This is exactly the same face that my students give me in their speaking tests, when they’re about to say, “Répétez la question”:

“Je ne comprends pas.” All lies. He understands perfectly well.

La Fête Nationale des Chats Noirs

It’s National Black Cat Day in the UK! Unfortunately Louis Catorze’s internal calendar runs on French time and it seems that, in France, it’s “Slope Off To The One Place You’re Not Allowed To Go And Ignore Your Maman” Day. It was that same day yesterday, too. And I suspect it will also be that day tomorrow. Here he is, pictured looking unrepentant in the Forbidden Greenhouse.


Happy National Black Cat Day to Le Roi’s subjects, and to their furry overlords/overladies of all colours.