It’s Cat’s Day: Happy Clawing, Meowing and Playing by Harnoor Gill

Aug 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Youth Blog
Harnoor and his feline friend

Harnoor and his feline friend

Did you know that a cat’s field of vision is about 200 degrees and unlike humans, cats do not need to blink their eyes on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated?

Well that’s just one of the many things that make these furry animals amazing and there is much more to it. Cats have always been considered important on a worldwide scale because they are worshiped animals in various religions. Their remains have been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt! They have been companions of humans from the day they were born and this is why they deserve a day of respect to themselves. However, humans have harassed  cats in various ways by not taking good care of them, abusing them, harassing them or not feeding them.

International Cat Day is about learning what the sole purpose of a day like this is, the history of cats throughout the ages and the way cats should be treated in today’s society. Last but not least, cats may not be for everyone but this is to let people know how this day evolved and why it is celebrated in hundreds of countries worldwide.

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International Cat Day (August 8th, 2014) reminds us cats are to be respected, to be hugged and to be cuddled to show awareness to others in the world about the benefits of having an animal in your home. In Toronto’s 2012 celebration of International Cat Day, local pet shelters gave away two kittens for the price of one. This was a great way to raise awareness of people getting cats and it would be totally worth it as they are already vaccinated, micro chipped, spayed/neutered and completely checked by a professional veterinarian. I think this is amazing as the price of a kitten in this condition is only $75 which helps you save $75 from the other one. Although you still need to pay the $15 license you need to buy for the both of them to not have illegal pets. This was a great way that Canadians stepped in to show their dedication to these furry animals and showed the rest of the world how they can contribute to this day as well.

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Many people don’t realize that cats are ancient animals with remains being found in Egyptian tombs and how these are also worshiped in some religions as well.  In ancient Egypt, cats played a large role in society as they were considered sacred animals. In those days, cats were extremely useful by keeping rodent populations in the Egyptian harvests and crops down. This influenced Egyptians to worship these animals as they started to believe about life after death, cats guided the souls to the after-life. Back then, cats would also go through mummification as they were considered gods/goddesses.

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Feline domestic violence hurts cats and is not a good thing to do to a cat. It not only causes physical harm to the cat but it also causes emotional harm. International cat day is about raising awareness about giving cats a home to feel respected in, having the luxury of food every day, treated fairly and given the right to freedom just like everyone else in the world.  In today’s world mental health is a huge concern and this is where cats provide health benefits though comfort as well as companionship for people in danger of certain illnesses.  Most of this occurs in the non-developed world where people are not aware of the significant damage that they may be causing animals  whether they be endangered, hurt or almost extinct are things to consider.

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All in all, don’t forget to enjoy your day with your furry friend and if you have been inspired to get one from this article, then please do so! Happy International Cat Day!

Blog Submitted by Harnoor Gill

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