August 8th International Cat Day

So today we celebrate the household cat, all 500 million of them worldwide. Here in the US there are 95 million alone, I sort of would have expected more. We have 10, well nine that stay with us and one that wanders. Every day they find some reason to hate each other but eventually, around suppertime, find a way to get along. The oldest cat known to have lived was Creme Puff who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. That’s a long time for any animal with a few exceptions. Today was created by in International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.

How to celebrate – Check to see how many cats live at your house, you might be surprised. Cats were originally a working animal used to keep the rodent population down. There are 40 different species of cats, yes that includes tigers, leopards, see how many you can name.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

This should really be every day of the year, not just the 20th of February, but if you have to put a day out there to remind you then I guess this day is just as good as any other. For the most part, you picked your pet and they fell in love with you because you cared for them. They may not always act the way you would like them to, but still, they love you, you should love them back; they really ask for little more. I have the greatest dog ever and it’s all because someone gave her up because she played with and tore up their shoes. Their loss, I won.

How to celebrate – Love your pet. Take them to a park unless they are a bird or another leash-less animal. Give your pet a special treat, just for them.

August 8th International Cat Day

Okay, so for all you cat lovers today is the day you can put them up on a pedestal for a reason, it’s International Cat Day. There are over 500 million domesticated cats in the world (most of which I think are in our home) with 71 breeds known to man, a probably a few that aren’t. The domesticated cat is still 96% tiger, which explains why they can turn on you in an instant and most are near sighted, which explains why they don’t know who you are from a distance. Today was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002. Cats can be cool, so long as humans are willing to give up their pride.

How to celebrate – Get a cat (if you don’t already have one). Learn about the 71 breeds. See is a tiger in the wild will play with your ball of yarn.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

Why have a pet if you aren’t going to love them? They pretty much love you whether you are nice to them or not. I do love animals, and I have lot of them – cats and dogs (all rescues). Not so thrilled about snakes as pets but I do understand a lot of people love their snakes. You should show your pet love everyday, but maybe love them a little extra today. More treats, more hugs and though they probably don’t understand what you are saying, they do love it when you talk to them.

How to celebrate – Love your pets. List as many pet types as you can without looking. Adopt a pet if you get a chance.

October 27th Black Cat Day

Talk about being born bad. Most of the world considers the black cat as an omen of bad luck and with Halloween coming on, if you are a black cat you’d better be careful! Not all places believe black cats are unlucky, Great Britain, Egypt and Japan consider the black cat a sign of good luck. I wonder if cats even know what color they are? And if so, do they even care? A cat is a cat no matter what color they are. Any luck they bring, good or bad, is not because of the cat. Don’t abuse animals. They don’t care what color you are so why should you be worried about what color they are.

How to celebrate – Adopt a black cat. (They are the least likely to get adopted). Defy superstitions today! Have a Happy Halloween.

August 8th International Cat Day

There are some 500 million cats in the world, most of which hang out at my front door. August 8th was chosen for International Cat Day by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) in 2002.

Among the favorite breeds are Persian, Burmese, Shorthair, Siamese, Maine Coon, Balinese, Ragamuffin, Munchkin and Bengal.

Enjoy your cat and treat it like the King or Queen of any jungle it happens to be living in.

How to celebrate: Share pictures of your cat on the internet. Get your cat a special treat just for them for the day. Give your cat some catnip and let them have a mellow day. Adopt a cat if you do not have one.

July 29th International Tiger Day

Animals need our help, or rather, they just need us to let them live in their natural environment without interference. In the case of tigers, there are probably only 3,000 left in the wild and maybe even less by now. The day was created by the International Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010. As we destroy their natural habitat to build a new mall or cut down trees so someone can sit on a new chair, we destroy a home for some other animal. It’s not that we can’t have those things we want either, just do it responsibly.

How to celebrate – Go on a safari before they are no longer available. Contribute to the International Tiger Fund. Learn where the products you use come from.

July 10th National Kitten Day

July 10th National Kitten Day

Today was created by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, author and animal advocate. We celebrate kittens today, those cute, cuddly little cats that often can fit into the palm of your hand. The general idea is to try and keep kittens out of shelters and put them into the homes of cat lovers. Kittens are normally rescued pretty quickly, although thousands are born every year with no place to call home. Gestation for cats is anywhere from 64-67 days with anywhere from 1 to 10 being born in a litter. That means a cat can have kittens 3 to 4 times a year producing anywhere from 4 to 40 kittens during that same time.

How to celebrate – Adopt a kitten. Get you cats spayed or neutered to cut down the population. Give a cat a home.

June 4th Hug Your Cat Day

The main requirement for today is that you personally have a cat (I do not suggest trying to hug a neighbor’s cat, that probably won’t end well). It may not end well with your own cat either but at least they know you and the things you do. Most cats look to you for affection, they crave it just like a dog or a human being. They just require it on their terms. You might want to wait until they come to you rather than you go chasing after them. Oh, and if your cat is bigger than you are you might want to proceed with extreme caution. June is also Adopt a Cat month.

How to celebrate – Hug your cat. Adopt a cat if you don’t have one. Learn how your cat shows affection and accept it for what it is.

January 14th Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today was created by Colleen Paige. You go girl! The thing is, most of our pets would rather that you go right on by this day and act like it never was. Sure, it’s cute to dress you pet up to make them look funny or cute. The thing is, I don’t think they really like it. Oh sure, they enjoy the attention for a while and naturally they love spending time with you, but as far as getting dressed up, not so much. In fact, I bet they have a dart board set up with today’s date center that they target. So if you got up this morning and found the date ripped out of your newspaper or if you can’t find your pet where they normally would hang out, you know what day it is.

How to celebrate – Make your pet your mini me. Dress your pet and get your picture and get rid of the clothing, hats and such. Let your pet just be your pet.