If there’s a better combination than cats and books, I don’t know what that would be. According to Wikipedia, the relationship between cats and libraries is centuries old. Dating as far back as ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages, it is most likely that cats were utilized to prevent rodents from eating expensive manuscripts. Modern day library cats probably spend less time hunting mice and more time entertaining library patrons and staff. Ernie, the cat shown in the picture above, is the manager at the Bealeton, VA library. Ernie, who is polydactyl, was named after Ernest Hemingway, whose fondness for these cats is well known. Click here to read more about Ernie.
Mental Floss features a whole series of cats who live at libraries. Does your local library have a resident cat?
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we profiled Nine Lives Blood Bank, on Tuesday, we introduced you to the CritterZone air purifier, which now comes in a convenient travel pack, along with a special discount for Conscious Cat readers, on Wednesday, Allegra and Ruby discussed our sleeping arrangements, and on Friday, we brought you a brief interview with New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper, whose wonderful book, Love Saves the Day, is now available in paperback. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a $50 Whole Foods gift card!
Today’s video compilation of cats made me laugh out loud at times. I can’t get over how completely unperturbed some of the cats were by the dogs’ efforts to dislodge them from their beds!
Have a great weekend!
Photo of Ernie from Bealeton library blog.