The only thing about Thanksgiving Day that a cat might like is the human food being cooked in the kitchen and perhaps some treats as a way of thanking your cat for being such a good companion. Oh, and perhaps the cat’s companions are around more than usual but they are too occupied preparing the feast to interact with their cat. Someone might make a fuss of the cat when the after-meal conversation has dried up. Someone might chuck a bit of Turkey his way and the guests will smile and go “ahh”.
On the Catster website there is a long page on whether cats like Thanksgiving Day. To be frank it is pile of boring waffle because there is nothing to say about cats and Thanksgiving Day. It is an entirely human concept and process. There is nothing in it for the cat.
Thanksgiving is intended to be a thank you to your God for a successful harvest and I suppose getting through another year. It probably had some real meaning when people depended on the harvest to survive.The original 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was a thank you for a good harvest apparently, so states the Wikipedia author. Even then, in those days, it would have been meaningless for cats. The cats would have been semi-domesticated or outside cats. There would have been more barn cats 100s of years ago.
Actually the cats around the party fire in those days would have been the first domestic cats in the country that would become the United States of America. They’d be English cats! Or European cats. The first immigrants were pilgrims and Puritans. They brought their religious festivals with them from England.
Thanksgiving was a religious festival, which is now a secular opportunity to take a day off and eat and drink too much.
I suppose hundreds of years ago until today, as stated, the cats of the family might be given a bit of the human food or special cat food as a treat, if they’re lucky. But the extra noise of the celebration and the strangers visiting would be the downside for a cat. Net result: neutral to bad.
What else can you say about modern Thanksgiving day in relation to cats? I guess it could be dangerous. Guests coming and going. Opportunities for indoor cats to “escape”. To be brutally honest there is almost no connection between cats and Thanksgiving. The two run parallel courses and cats put up with it or get locked in the bedroom ;).
Is your cat enjoying Thanksgiving Day. Go on, prove me wrong!