August 8 is International Cat Day, a day to celebrate one of the oldest and most common pets of man. They have even been worshiped as gods.
Well no wonder cats are one of the coolest beings on the planet – they are independent, curious, adventurous, they have an amazing physiognomy and the power to heal on their own, at least most of the time.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
Cats are small furry carnivorous mammals, for the most part, with four legs, tails and claws, which humans have domesticated as pets since ancient times, even though they descended from the African wildcat and used to catch vermin.
The first historical human record on cats can be found in the culture of the ancient Egyptian civilization. We all seem to associate cats with the Egyptians, due to their worship and regard for cats as gods. Mafdet was the first known feline deity and was considered as the protector against snakes, scorpions and evil during the First Dynasty, so for them, cats were not just deities, but also protectors.
Later, after the collapse of the Egyptian dynasty, cats became popular everywhere! The Greeks and Romans used them as pest control, and in the east, cats were originally owned by rich and wealthy people. But during the Middle Ages, in Europe, cats were associated with superstition and were suspected of carrying the disease during the Black Death of 1348, that’s why too many cats were killed at that time, and it wasn’t until 17th century that the reputation of cats began to recover.
In the United States, cats were part of the cargo of colonization ships to minimize vermin and disease, so those cats came ashore and flourished. Today, cats seem to be one of the pop icons in modern society – we have around half a billion among us. And since 2002, thanks to the “International Fund for Animal Welfare” cats have their own holidays!
CHRONOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
2004 – The oldest known pet
In 2004, French archaeologists discovered a 9,500-year-old cat grave in Cyprus.
2002 – Cat Day
International Cat Day was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to take place on August 8.
1963 – Felicette the Astrocat
On October 18, the first cat went into space, Felicette was the first Astrocat.
1348 – The death of the cat
Cats were rumored to be the source of the Black Death plague, so throughout Europe domestic cats were killed and thousands of cats were killed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
How is International Cat Day celebrated?
You can participate in the International Cat Day festivities by adopting a new kitten, feeding wild cats, or even pampering those in your own home. Wherever there is a cat, show it some good purring love.
Is Today National Hug Your Cat Day?
Hmm, well, if today is June 4th, you’re in luck! Go hug your kitty and tell them how much you love them.
Do cats like to be hugged?
Most cats are super loving and love to pet and cuddle accompanied by loud, relaxing purrs. However, some cats are a little more uncomfortable with too much affection, so always make sure to do whatever your cat is comfortable with, or you will risk hearing a warning hiss.
INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY ACTIVITIES
Time to share with those in need
There are many homeless cats around the world, so what better day to show them respect and love than by giving them food and supplies!
Spend some time with your furry babies
If you have a cat, International Cat Day is the perfect day to have a good time and show love to your baby.
Treat them with “tenderness”
Even if you don’t like cats, remember to treat them with respect and kindness, take the opportunity to spread awareness of respect for cats on your social media.
5 FACTS ABOUT CATS THAT COULD FLY YOUR MIND
The loudest purr!
Merlin, a black and white cat from the UK, holds the record for the loudest purr and its purr is 67.8 dB.
Faster than you think
Your little kitty can reach speeds of around 48 km / h!
The richest kitty in town!
According to “Guinness World Records”, when Blackie’s millionaire owner passed away, he made a fortune of 7 million pounds.
Not so sweet
Cats cannot detect sweetness, which explains why they are not attracted to it at all.
Meow to you!
According to science, cats only use their meows to talk to humans and not to each other, except with their mothers when they are kittens.
WHY WE LOVE INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
We love all living things
Holidays like this show that as humans we love all living things and we are more of us who respect and love kittens than we do not.
A lovely reminder
It is easy to get the idea that we are the most important beings on the planet, but as a lovely reminder: we are not alone, so we must respect the rights of other beings and do our part, starting with our pets.
Cats are scientifically proven to help improve mental health by relieving stress just by being themselves! Stroking a furry feline can cause our bodies to produce stress-reducing hormones.