August the 8th is International Cat Day. Created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare it is a day to advocate for cats. Therefore, we thought we would get involved and advocate for cats; because we love them.
Top cat charities
International Cat Day is about promoting cat welfare. The following charities all do excellent work to protect cats and to promote their welfare:
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Their vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and understanding of its needs.
Their objectives include:
- Homing – Finding good homes for cats in need
- Neutering – Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats
- Information – Improving people’s understanding of cats and their needs
They are currently holding an Autumn Cat Lovers Raffle to win £10,000.
Whilst Battersea is better known as a dog’s home, they are also one of the UK’s leading cat rehoming charity.
They welcomed their first stray dog in 1860 and have been placing animals at the centre of their activities ever since. More than three million animals later, they are still working hard to achieve their vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.
Battersea are currently looking for sponsorship to ensure every cat staying with them in a cat cabin has a new blanket, toys and treats. Sponsorship starts at £5 per month.
There are also many regional cat shelters needing donations to keep providing rehoming and welfare services.
Interesting cat facts
Whilst we domesticated dogs before cats, there is very little difference in the length of time that we have been sharing our homes with our furry friends. For over 10,000 years, dogs have lived with us; but archaeologists believe that we have shared our homes with cats for nearly as long.
Evidence from China suggests that cats lived alongside humans for 1,000s of years before domestication took place. Villagers tolerated cats because they helped control rodent populations; but in typical feline aloofness domestication was a long drawn out process.
Further evidence for early cat domestication was found in Cyprus, where a cat was buried with a person.
Pet and in particular, cat ownership has continued to increase in popularity with over 49% of UK adults owning at least one pet.
A more recent example of a famous moggy has to be Grumpy cat. Grumpy Cat found fame on Instagram because of her unusual appearance. Unfortunately, whilst millions will remember her, Grumpy Cat died at just seven years old.
Maru – The World’s most famous cat
Maru is credited as being the most famous cat on the internet challenging even Grumpy Cat for the title. He rose to fame because of his antics which have been filmed and shared on YouTube.
Dick Whittington’s Cat
Before the internet could raise cats to international fame there were still noteworthy famous moggies. One of the most well-known stories has to be about Dick Whittington and his cat in a rags to riches adventure. Regardless of whether Dick Whittington really had a cat or not there is a statue to the cat in Highgate Hill.
Memorialising your pet cat
There are some questions as to whether Dick Whittington’s cat was real. However, that hasn’t stopped people from creating a memorial. This is testimony to how adorable cats are, and how much we love them.
This love is evident throughout history. In fact, even to the point of worship. In ancient Egypt cats where thought of so highly, that there were sever penalties for anyone that injured or killed a cat.
There are a number of options on creating your own memorial. You can choose to create on online tribute on the CPCCares website or you can choose from a range of memorial products in our shop. If you would like more ideas, read our article on the Pet memorial dos and don’ts.
Please share your own cat facts in the comments section.