Today, August 8th, is International Cat Day. Meoooow!
Each year, this fun feline festivity is celebrated, and has been since 2002, when it was popularized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
It’s also called World Cat Day. Purrrrrr! But cats have it good; Russians people celebrate their own National Cat Day on March 1st, while we Americans also have our own National Cat Day on October 29th. That’s two days before Halloween! Puuuurfect for black cats who like to go trick-or-treating!
If your fussy feline is not satisfied celebrating three times in one calendar year, don’t despair. There’s also Cat Day, observed on February 22nd, straight out of Japan.
- Hug your kitty!
- Make a special dinner.
- Teach your cat to count.
- Read THE CAT IN THE HAT, the timeless favorite by Dr. Seuss, to your feline friend. Or, maybe try Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.
- DO some team art work with your cat; paws and paint mix pretty well! (Be sure to use nontoxic finger paints!)
- Spend some quality time doing yard-work, like tending to the garden. Cats raise the best tomatoes, I hear.
- Gift your cat with eight balls of colored yarn. (You know, eight for August 8th. Get it? Get it?)
- Watch some cool cat videos on YouTube.
- If you don’t have a cat friend, maybe you can befriend a stray cat or adopt a cat from a shelter.
Staten Islander reporter Kat Holmes (That’s me! Puurfect name for this assignment, no?!) and my companion encountered a feral cat a few days ago behind a North Shore supermarket. She was so cute, with green eyes and a tail striped like a raccoon. Was she part raccoon? Maybe her great-great-grandfather was part raccoon?
There was a discarded tray of Mexican fare nearby; first we took the tray and moved it out of the road, so the cat could eat.
And eat she did.
Afterwards, a passerby informed us that the cat lives there.
This was no average kitty; she was super affectionate, smart, and extremely loving. She liked having her head rubbed, and had the most kindly eyes!
Being homeless did not crush her spirits; she was only wary of passing vehicle. That’s actually a good thing; a little caution goes a long way, a lot goes even further!
We decided to go to the supermarket and buy her some cat food. We chose a brand that was higher quality without fillers.
When we were done, it was already dusk. In only a few minutes time, it was already dark out.
We called the cat, and she emerged from a flowerbed where the passerby said that the cat lived.
Opening the can of cat food, she was so happy. She seemed to be happier that people cared than the fact that she had some food to eat.
The cat enjoyed the meal and ate well.
Unfortunately, both myself and the person I was with are allergic to cats. We both love them, but neither of us could take this cute cat home with us.
If you see a stray cat, consider taking him home with you. Or, maybe feeding a stray cat is all you can do; of course, do whatever your life circumstances allow to help spread the love.
No matter what you do, celebrate International Cat Day.
If you don’t have a cat, draw a picture of one with your child.
Cats are such amazing beings, and are often under-appreciated. The meme of the snobby cat just isn’t true, in many cases at least. I’m not saying I never met a stuck-up cat. It’s just that I’ve also met cats that were affectionate and friendly.
Remember, cats are sentient beings like us, and feel pain, experience emotions, and can think.
What does a cat think about? Are they capable of abstraction, do they ponder the mysteries of the universe? Do they look up at night and wonder what this all is?
In the end, do you know any more than your cat? Can you definitively say? Why are we each looking out through a set of eyes, experiencing the passage of time?
Do cats think about things like this? Or do they daydream of catching mice and running around under the moonlight?
We may never know.