Celebrate “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day”

Today is Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.  We suggest you start preparing your research, since you never know what question your cat may ask.


by Stanley M. Arthurs, unknown publication and date

Of course, the key to successfully celebrating this special day is to figure out exactly what question your cat is asking.

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by Robert O. Reid, in Saturday Evening Post, 1942

“What is so important about your toothbrush that you are holding on to it tighter than you are to me? And why was this method of transportation chosen?  I realize that I didn’t cooperate when you tried to put me in the cat carrier, but was this the only alternative?”

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by John Held, Jr., from McCall’s, August 1927

“Why am I the only one who doesn’t have a tissue?  Is this because the box of Kleenex got shredded?  I keep telling you, the dog did that.  Speaking of which, why isn’t the dog sick?”

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from Ladies’ Home Journal, October 1915, by unknown illustrator

“When did I ever agree to help out with the housework?  I’m certain I would have remembered, because I don’t do housework.  Ok, look — pretty ribbon!”

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by Al Parker, for Women’s Home Companion, May 1935

“Why did you ever choose this run-down place to stay?  Who recommended your travel agent?  You don’t expect me to help clean this place up, do you?  Although, I do know a cat who you might be able to trick into mopping the floor…”

Modern Graphic History Library wishes you lots of luck in answering all your cat’s questions today.


The O’Cedar Mop advertisement is from Modern Graphic History Library’s Periodicals Collection.

The Al Parker image is from the Charles Craver Collection.

The rest of the images are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.