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Tips For Herding Cats
December 15, 2022

Today, December 15th, is a pretty important day for our feline friends: it’s National Cat Herder’s Day! The official term ‘cat herding’ seems to have appeared back in 1979, in Monty Python’s movie The Life Of Brian. Since then, it’s spread to corporate management materials, late night comics, and, of course, the now-infamous Super Bowl Commercial. But … is it even possible to herd cats? A Bellaire, TX vet lists a few things that may get the job done in this article.

Laser Pointers

If there was one tool every cat herder needs in their arsenal, it’s the laser pointer. Fluffy just can’t help chasing after that little red dot!


Boxes make extremely efficient kitty traps. In fact, Fluffy’s dedication to exploring and conquering empty boxes seems to come straight from the official housecat rulebook! (Note: boxes also ‘trap’ big cats, like lions and tigers.)

Can Openers

Back in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Fluffy knew to hightail it into the kitchen as soon as she heard the telltale hum of a can opener. Kittens these days are more used to pop-tops, but it’s still worth a shot.


Another thing kitties can’t resist? Baskets of clean laundry, right out of the dryer. Fluffy takes her ‘furring’ duties very seriously!


This one can be tricky, as it will only work with cats that trust you. Hold up a treat for Fluffy, and see if she’ll come to you.


Some things are just always going to be difficult to accomplish around kitties. Packing and/or unpacking suitcases is at the top of that list. However, this can come in handy!


Cats don’t actually run on solar power, but we’re not sure if anyone has told them that yet. A warm sunny spot can be an effective ‘corral’ for any kitty … especially tired, lazy ones.

Reverse Herding

What if you’re not trying to get a furball to come to you, but to go another way? The laser pointer is, again, a great option. You can also try tossing a toy or ball of paper down a hall. Fluffy will probably chase after it! If all else fails, make a loud noise: bang two pots together, sound an alarm, or even clap your hands.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Corner Vet, your Bellaire, TX pet hospital. Please contact us anytime!