So it’s International Cat day, but isn’t cat day everyday? Like, don’t we spoil our furbabies so much, we work our ass off to make them comfortable? 🙂 That’s a meme that cat moms and cat dads have shared a lot around.
International Cat Day is an unofficial holiday that celebrates cats and all things feline. It is typically observed on August 8, although there are other dates celebrated around the world.
International Cat Day is a day for cat lovers to spoil their feline companions with extra attention, love, and treats. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the special bond between cats and their humans, as well as to raise awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership and the welfare of cats.
On International Cat Day, many people share photos and stories of their cats on social media, participate in cat-themed events or activities, and make donations to animal shelters or other organizations that support cats and their well-being.
While International Cat Day is not an official holiday, it’s a fun and meaningful way for cat lovers to come together and celebrate their furry friends.
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How to Spoil Your Furbaby on Cat Day
Well, there isn’t really a lot more to do than give extra brushes, extra treats, probably an extra spoon of their favorite hooman food (ham, beef steak, fish).
Cats are known for being excellent sleepers, and it’s true that they do need a lot of sleep. On average, adult cats sleep for 12-16 hours per day, while kittens and senior cats may sleep even more.
There are several reasons why cats need so much sleep:
- Energy Conservation: Cats are natural predators, and hunting takes a lot of energy. By sleeping for long periods of time, cats conserve their energy so they can be ready to hunt when they are awake.
- Digestion: Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they require a diet that is high in protein and fat. Digesting this type of food takes a lot of energy, and sleeping helps their bodies conserve energy for this process.
- Rest and Rejuvenation: Sleep is important for all animals, including cats. During sleep, the body repairs and rejuvenates itself, which is essential for maintaining good health.
- Mental Stimulation: Cats may not be actively hunting while they sleep, but they are still mentally stimulated. They may dream, or their senses may be alert to any sounds or smells in their environment.
It’s important to note that not all cats sleep for the same amount of time. Some cats may sleep more or less depending on their age, health, and individual temperament. If you are concerned about your cat’s sleep habits, it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian.
Treats and Treats
Cats love treats! You can find a wide variety of cat treats available in pet stores or online, such as crunchy treats, soft treats, dental treats, and even treats for specific health needs. Just be sure to give them in moderation and choose ones that are appropriate for your cat’s age and health.
Brush and Scratch
Brushing your cat regularly can help remove loose hair and prevent hairballs, as well as stimulate the skin and promote a healthy coat. A scratching post or pad can help your cat fulfill their natural instinct to scratch, and can also help prevent them from scratching your furniture or carpet.
Again, cats love to sleep! Providing a comfortable place for them to nap is important. There are many types of cat beds available, such as cozy padded beds, heated beds, hammocks, or even window perches where they can bask in the sun.
Other items you might consider for your cat include:
Cats love to play! Interactive toys, such as feather wands or laser pointers, can provide mental and physical stimulation for your cat. You can also try puzzle feeders, which make mealtime more fun and challenging.
Litter Box and Litter
A clean litter box is essential for your cat’s health and happiness. Choose a litter box that is the right size for your cat and easy for them to access. There are many types of litter available, such as clumping litter, non-clumping litter, or natural litter made from materials like corn or wheat.
Food and Water Bowls
Choose bowls that are the appropriate size for your cat and made from safe, non-toxic materials. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are a good choice, as they are easy to clean and won’t absorb odors.
Help Others Help Cats on Cat Day (and Everyday)
There are a lot of non-profit organizations that need help everyday. Donating to cat shelters is a wonderful way for cat lovers to help support the well-being of cats in need. Here are some tips on how to make a meaningful donation:
Research: Look for reputable cat shelters in your area or online that align with your values and mission. You can use websites like Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet to find shelters near you.
Check their wish list: Many shelters have a wish list of items they need, such as food, litter, toys, or medical supplies. Check their website or call them to see what items they need most.
Monetary donation: Monetary donations are always appreciated, as they allow shelters to purchase necessary supplies and provide veterinary care for cats in need. You can donate online, in person, or by mail.
Volunteer: If you have time and energy to spare, consider volunteering at a cat shelter. Many shelters rely on volunteers to help with tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and socializing cats.
Spread the word: Share information about the shelter and their needs on social media, with friends and family, or at your workplace or community. This can help raise awareness and encourage others to donate or volunteer.
Remember, even a small donation can make a big difference in the lives of cats in need. Your support can help provide shelter, food, and medical care for cats who might not have otherwise been able to receive these basic needs.