Are you wondering what International Cat Day is? It used to also be called World Cat Day, with its origins and meaning kind of mysterious and vague. Fortunately, the custodianship of the holiday was acquired just this year by a non-profit group called International Cat Care. They set up a website and brought some sense and organization to this day.
Now we can celebrate International Cat Day by doing things to make cats happy. That’s the theme of today, as set up by International Cat Care. And it includes the fact that cats are all different, and different things make different cats happy.
So what makes your cat happy? Playtime with a favorite toy? A good meal and a nap in the sun? Wearing a dress and having people look at them? Oh wait, the latter one is just me. I don’t think that makes many other cats happy!
But seriously, each cat is totally unique. And some cats are happy not having any human contact whatsoever. And today is a day to respect and honor that. So if you live with a shy or semi-feral cat, or if you work with community cats, today just let them be themselves. If you live with a happy, friendly cat, then spend time with him.
Today you are encouraged to learn a little more about your cat, and what makes him happy. Really take note of ways in which you can enrich your cat’s life. Would she enjoy more vertical space? Would he enjoy learning a few tricks, or being leash trained? The fuller a cat’s life is, the happier and more well adjusted she is.
If you are active on social media, join the #happycat challenge! Take a photo of your cat at her most content, and post it with the hashtags #happycat and #international cat day, and tag @iCatCare. Unless your cat doesn’t like being photographed. Then of course, you can skip this challenge.
I hope you have fun making your cat happy today! What does make your cat happy? Let me know in the comments.