International Cat Day is a full 24 hours of recognition and veneration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. The festivities were put together for the first time in 2002 by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, among other animal rights groups, to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.
Owning a cat has been shown to improve mental health and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. So when it’s raining cats and dogs outside and you don’t have someone to cuddle with, any black, ginger, Persian, Siamese, Burmese, Bengal, Shorthair, Munchkin, Balinese, RagaMuffin, or any old stray cat will do the trick!
So roll out the red carpet and the catnip for your furry feline friend, because International Cat Day is that one day a year when black cats bring good luck and cat-eye sunglasses match your entire wardrobe.
WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY 2021?
Our enigmatic furry felines are celebrated on International Cat Day on August 8.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
Felines are carnivorous furry well-evolved creatures — generally — with four legs, a tail, and paws, that people have trained as pets since old occasions, despite the fact that they have slid from the African Wildcat and they used to get vermin.
The primary verifiable human record about felines could be found in Ancient Egyptian Civilization’s way of life. We as a whole appear to relate felines with Egyptians, in light of their worship and thought of felines as divine beings. Mafdet was primarily referred to as feline divinity and was viewed as the defender against snakes, scorpions, and evil during the First Dynasty, so for them, felines were gods, yet additionally defenders.
Afterward, after the Egyptian Dynasty imploded, Cats became mainstream all over the place! Greeks and Romans utilized them as bug control, and in the East, felines were initially claimed by rich and affluent individuals. Yet, during the Middle Ages, in Europe, Cats became related with an odd notion and associated with conveying the sickness during the Black Death of 1348, that is the motivation behind why such a large number of felines got killed in that time, and it wasn’t until the 1600s that felines’ standing began to recuperate.
In America, cats were part of the cargo on the colonization ships to minimize vermin and disease, so those cats went ashore and flourished. Nowadays, cats seem to be one of the pop icons in modern society – we have about half of a billion among us. And, since 2002, thanks to the “International Fund for Animal Welfare” cats have had their own holiday!
INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY BY THE NUMBERS
18% – the percentage of households in the U.K. ruled by a cat.
9,500 – the number of years ago when the oldest-known pet cat existed.
70% – the percentage of their lives cats spend sleeping.
20 – the number of years an orange cat named ‘Stubbs’ served as the mayor of a small town in Alaska.
48.5 – the record number of inches for the longest cat ever.
19.05 – the record number of inches of the tallest cat ever.
£7 million – the net worth of the richest cat in the world.
1963 – the year when a cat was successfully sent to space.
30 mph – the maximum speed of a house cat.
6 FACTS ABOUT CATS THAT MIGHT BLOW YOUR MIND
- The loudest Purr!
Merlin, a Black and White Cat from the U.K., has the record for the loudest purr and his purr is 67.8db.
- Faster than you think
Your little kitty can hit speeds of around 30mph!
- The richest kitty in town!
According to “Guinness World Records”, when Blackie’s millionaire owner passed away, he got a 7-million-pound fortune.
- Not so sweet
Cats cannot detect sweetness, which explains why they are not drawn 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 to their mothers when they are kittens.
- Blind below the Nose A cat cannot see directly under its own nose
INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY DATES