October 29 is an important date in the feline world. It’s National Cat Day, an annual “howliday” that celebrates one of the world’s most “purrfect” animals – cats.
National Cat Day
National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by Animal Miracle Foundation & Network founder, Pet Lifestyle expert, animal welfare advocate, animal lover and all around fabulous lady, Colleen Paige. Paige created National Cat Day in order to raise awareness about the millions of kittens and cats in animal shelters, rescue organizations and out on the street.
With the current economic situation, many animal shelters around the country have been inundated with pets. Sadly, millions of these unloved, unwanted, abandoned, abused and/or neglected felines will be euthanized through no fault of their own. Since National Cat Day’s inception, over 1 million cats and kittens have been adopted. Those lucky kitties finally found their “furever” homes and finally have a happy ‘tail.’
In an online interview, Paige said:
“My very first rescue was a cat, and the only pet I had ’till I was twelve years old when my father adopted a dog for me. I’m really proud of how far we’ve come in 8 years and that we’ve helped to save over a million cats. My dedicated and wonderful staff play a big role in this.”
Health Benefits of Living with Cats
Besides providing unconditional love, “owning” a cat is good for you, too. According to pet vet, Dr. Lorie Huston, cats may lower the risk for heart attacks and strokes. And living with a cat can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, anxiety and depression, too. Some experts also believe that children raised with pets, have fewer ear infections and a lower risk of respiratory infections and asthma.
Cats Rule, Dogs Drool
According to the Humane Society, there are now over 86 million “owned” cats in America compared to 78 million owned dogs. And 52 percent of American households have more than one kitty cat. So move over, Fido! Felines now rule!
In honor of National Cat Day, please consider opening your heart and your home by adopting a cat from your local shelter – before it’s too late.
Please note – With Halloween just days away, please keep your pets safe by keeping all pets indoors – especially black cats. Please read Top 10 ‘Howl-ween’ Safety Tips for Pets for more information.