Today is National Cat Day in these United States (although the worldlier among you may have already observed International Cat Day on August 8), an occasion that Netflix chose to mark with a trailer for a docu-series dedicated to an entirely four-legged species.
On the one hand: So. Many. Dogs! And so cute! Working dogs, wiggly pups, and every breed in between! As our the top-notch assessors at We Rate Dogs might put it, 14/10, would pet this trailer. And obviously, we look forward to seeing the docu-series when it premieres November 16 on Netflix.
But, despite our obvious delight at seeing all these very good fluffbois and girls, Netflix’s timing does give us paws. The streaming service’s social accounts haven’t promoted any feline-related content for National Cat Day beyond some retweets of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which features a gorgeous black cat, but whose role is nowhere near as prominent as the one in Sabrina The Teenage Witch. And just look at the search results for “cats” and “dogs” on the site—the former yields a scant list of options, most of which are actually filed under “cats & dogs,” while the latter includes some very pro-dog tags like “movies for dog lovers” and “dogs with jobs.” The “cats” search, meanwhile, turns up stuff like My Cat From Hell and “cats don’t dance.”
Is Netflix trying to stoke an age-old enmity among our furry companions and their proponents, or are we barking up the wrong tree? Look for the rest of our investigation at ca-nine central time.