AllPets_iStock_000030080884_Medium.jpgCharles Dickens once said “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital couldn’t agree more! We can’t think of a better way to honor our extraordinary feline companions than by learning about and celebrating National Cat Day on October 29th.

National Cat Day History

The value of domesticated cats was first recognized some 12,000 years ago, when early agricultural societies kept cats to rid their grain stores of mice and other vermin. Cats are now found in 35% of modern American homes, making them a more popular pet than dogs.

Founded in 2005 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige, National Cat day was created to raise public awareness regarding cat rescue and as a way to honor the wonderful kitties in our own lives.

Ways To Celebrate

  • One of the best ways to celebrate National Cat Day is by making a donation to your local animal shelter. Shelters are always in need of blankets, food, toys, and funds. You can also volunteer your time time playing and interacting with shelter cats, cleaning cages and litter boxes, or anything else the shelter might need.
  • Feline environment enrichment is very important for indoor cats. Take a look around your home; are there enough interesting and safe things for your cat to do (toys, cat trees, etc.)? If you have multiple cats, do you have enough litter boxes and hiding places or high perches to give each cat it’s own space?
  • A wellness exam or grooming session probably isn’t your kitty’s idea of a good time, but both are vitally important to your cat’s health and well being. If your cat hasn’t been seen for awhile, call us to schedule an appointment.
  • The value of keeping our feline friends safe can’t be overstated. Make sure your cat’s microchip is updated and consider outfitting him or her with a (fancy?) breakaway collar and ID tags, if you haven’t already. Even exclusively indoor kitties can easily slip outside through an open door or window, and proper identification will help reunite you should your cat become lost.
  • Consider adopting a shelter cat, or encourage friends and family to do so. Spread the word about the large numbers of cats that desperately need homes.
  • Who doesn’t need more pictures of their cat? Ask a friend to snap a few photos of you and your cat together, or better yet, enlist the help of a professional pet photographer. Frame the photo and mount it in a place of honor in your home or office.

Happy National Cat Day, from your friends at Naperville Animal Hospital!