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Cat Days of Summer

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It’s the time of year that everyone refers to as the Dog Days of Summer. The Dog Days are typically those mid summer days punctuated by relentless heat waves and often referred to as “lazy, hazy” days. Maybe it also has to do with the fact that a lot of people take vacations around this time.

Anyway, I was over at a good friend‘s blog and he was talking about the origin of the expression “Dog Days”, which goes back to the time of the Romans and their association of hot weather days with the star Sirius, aka the Dog Star. Oddly enough, they called Sirius the Dog star because it was the “brightest” star. Well, the Romans might have been good at a lot of things like building aqueducts and taking over the known world, but they were pretty bad in their naming conventions for stars and constellations!

Felis the cat constellaionThankfully, there was this French astronomer dude called Jérôme Lalande and when he noticed the complete absence of any constellation named for cats, he said “That’s it”, shoved his telescope aside, and got all “You’ve got to be freaking kidding me!”

So he did what any self respecting 18th century cat loving astronomer would do:

He created Felis, the cat constellation, and placed it between Antlia and Hydra, which is weird because Hydra is a water snake and you won’t usually catch a cat in their vicinity. Plus, Antlia is an air pump. What does that have to do with anything? Probably, Jerome was just super angry at the whole situation that he didn’t pay attention to Felis’ placement. However, we have him to thank for the galaxy’s sole true cat constellation which oddly enough, is now obsolete. Go figure.

For today’s Cat Day of Summer (well over 90 degrees), Dobson’s taking it in stride by staying inside and lolling about on a pile pf laundry. How do your kitties beat the heat?

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7 Responses to “Cat Days of Summer”

  1. Hey Dobson, you got a terrific idea there!

    Posted by Brian | July 23, 2012, 6:59 pm
  2. My human didn’t know there was a cat constellation! I am mad at her - she is supposed to know that type of thing!

    Posted by Sparkle | July 23, 2012, 8:34 pm
  3. I wanna be a constellation…

    Posted by Cheysuli | July 23, 2012, 8:58 pm
  4. Mine all live the indoor-only life now. Dood actually lived his first 7 years outside, but I never noticed the heat bother him. He had lots of woods to roam in, so I guess he stayed cool. His buddy, Red, was known to lay in the gravel driveway in the summer - in the sun. Heat did not bother him in the least.

    Sophie and Rosie have always been insiders so heat has never crossed their minds. Rosie (he’s the gray one) has fin silky hair, and I would think he’d feel the cold. He used to lay in front of the heat vents in the winter, but doesn’t do that so in his later years. Love the pics!!!

    Posted by Linda | July 28, 2012, 7:37 pm
  5. We’s nefurr heard of the Cat Constellation either.
    Why is obsolete?
    Where is/was it in tha skies.
    Mom ML uses binoculars to ID stuff like that in tha sky… silly humans, tha good stuff is running around on the ground waiting to be chased and catched.
    BTW, Mom ML got us a stainless steel water fountain and we drink tons of water now. We gotted steel because tha other kinds grow mold and germs. We can put this one in tha dishywashy.

    Posted by KC | September 7, 2012, 2:03 pm

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