Dear Fur-Moms, Happy Meowmy's Day!
Once upon a time, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the years to come, Christians followed in the footsteps with festivals known as "Mothering Sunday". This custom eventually faded in popularity until Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, conceived the modern Mother’s Day in the 1900s. Ever since, we honor motherhood every year on the second Sunday of May. On this very special day all moms get just a little bit extra of the well-deserved love, attention and care. And here at Basepaws, we share this love with our darling fur moms too!
In honor of all the pawsome female cat guardians out there, we picked and chose our top 8 most favorite of all times! We say it’s cool to be a cat lady. And these great women prove our point.
1. Vivien Leigh was a gorgeous actress who had the whole world under her heels when she brought Scarlett O’Hara to life. This inspirational woman was a huge cat lover with a special place in heart reserved for Siamese felines. "Once you have kept a Siamese cat you would never have any other kind." - said Leigh. Her first Siamese was New Boy, a gift from her husband Laurence Olivier in 1946. New Boy was named after London’s New Theatre and wore an elegant collar ornamented with bells. New passed away in 1948 when he was run over by a car. After this unfortunate and painful incident, Leigh got a new Siamese and called him Poo Jones. Named after Jones Harris, he was a sharp-looking smoky-white cat with striking violet eyes. Both cats traveled with Vivien everywhere she went. With their own luggage, naturally!
Vivien with New Boy (credits)
2. Florence Nightingale was a prolific British writer of plainspoken medical literature and a founder of modern nursing. And she was truly a cat purrson! She had 60 felines throughout her life. Nightingale is often quoted to have said that cats possess more sympathy and feeling than human beings. She is best known for her lasting contribution in founding the modern nursing profession. She set an example of compassion, commitment to patient care and diligent and thoughtful hospital administration.
3. Clara Barton was often referred to as "the Angel of the Battlefield". This pawsome woman was a nurse and a founder of the American Red Cross. Nursing education wasn’t formalized in her time, so she provided self-taught care. She worked as a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and patent clerk. In 1873, she started a movement to gain recognition for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the United States government. When she finally succeeded in her mission, Barton became President of the American branch which held its first official meeting at her I Street apartment in Washington, DC, May 21, 1881. Although known for her humanitarian work, Baron was also as crazy about cats as we are! Tommy, a black and white feline, was Barton’s favorite companion for 17 years. A portrait of Tommy painted by Barton’s friend and fellow nurse Antoinette Margot still hangs in the Barton house in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Barton’s feline Tommy (credits)
4. Marie Antoinette, the last French Queen before the French Revolution, was a royal cat lover. Marie was born in Austria and married in France to France's King Louis XVI. She was very famous for her love of dogs and cats. On an occasion, The Austrian ambassador Mercy-d'Argenteau wrote back to Empress Marie Theresia that Marie Antoinette was very fond of dogs and had requested that another pug (tawny with a black nose) be sent from Vienna. The castle was always filled with dogs, cats and parrots and many complained about how unclean Antoinette’s apartments sometimes were. Antoinette supposedly also allowed her six white Turkish Angoras to roam the tables during court gatherings. Many family portraits of this animal loving royal family include their pets.
5. Taylor Swift is a modern American singer and songwriter. And she is just as crazy about her cats as we are about ours! Her fur babies Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey probably get just as much attention as their meowmy. “Men get me in trouble, and so, I go home to the cats” – said the popular singer. We feel you Taylor!
6. Miley Cyrus, a modern American singer, songwriter and actress, is a proud caretaker of 16 pets! She's got her very own little zoo. How purrfect! She has three kitties, seven doggies, four horses and two pigs enriching her life. It's challenging to keep the count though, as this amazing women keeps rescuing new animals in need!
7. Martha Stewart is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality and an avid animal lover. "Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my animals. My dogs, cats, birds, and horses - they are all very special to me and are such wonderful companions." – wrote Martha on her blog. There are three kitties in Martha’s life: Princess Peony, Empress Tang and Blackie. Her pets also include champion show Chow Chow dogs, French Bulldogs and Friesian horses.
8. Hannah Shaw is truly a big deal in the cat world. She is a professional kitten rescue and a humane educator "on a mission to change the world for the tiniest felines!". Her project, Kitten Lady provides educational media, training resources, and instructional workshops and consulting services that help individuals and animal shelters learn how to save the lives of kittens--in a fun and engaging format. Shaw was awarded the 2017 Advocate of the Year award by CatCon Worldwide.
Hannah Shaw (credits)
Dear moms, motherhood is the most wonderful and powerful profession of all times. We sincerely wish all the moms in the world to have the most meowgical Mother’s Day filled with love, laughter and snuggles. Happy Holiday, ladies!