Each year, an international day honors the cat. The event aims in particular to sensitize the public on the benefits provided by the animal and the steps to take to take care of it and protect. Details.
International Cat Day: August 8
International Cat Day is held annually on August 8. This celebration was launched in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in order to care for and protect rights felines. Many countries have cultivated the idea at their own level and added to this global meeting a day national Of the cat. For example, it is scheduled for February 17 in Italy and Poland, February 22 in Japan, on 1er March in Russia and October 29 in United States.
International Fund for Animal Welfare: what is it?
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was established in Canada in 1969 by the activist of Welsh origin Brian Davies. That same year marked the organization’s first major action: putting an end to the commercial hunt for baby seals (whitecoats) on the Canadian coast. Present in more than forty countries, IFAW is a global non-profit organization with missions to save, heal and release the animals but also to restore and protect their habitats natural.
What is International Cat Day?
Initially, International Cat Day was initiated by IFAW with the aim of encouraging feline owners and enthusiasts to celebrate and to take care. On this occasion, organizations for the protection and reception of cats are encouraged to set up actions to promoteadoption of cats. Since the rise of the internet, cat fans have taken advantage of this special day to broadcast videos or photos on social networks.
August 8: first an information day
During the international day of the cat, the organizers implement initiatives consisting of inform the general public of benefits provided daily by cats. On this occasion, it is generally recalled that:
- The cat has been a revered animal since antiquity. The major place occupied by the feline with humans has lasted for millennia! Ally of the Egyptians for its ability to hunt rats, mice, field mice, birds and snakes, the feline quickly became their favorite pet because despite its wild temperament, it was gentle and quiet. By ridding crops of certain harmful, cats symbolized protection and were therefore considered gods;
- The cat is a 100% natural relaxant. Protector of agriculture in ancient Egypt and not only … The feline would be beneficial to our brain and our heart. Several studies have in fact looked at the impacts positive both physical and emotional that cats provide on humans. It has thus been observed that after only ten minutes of petting a pet, the rate of cortisol (hormone associated with stress) decreased considerably. According to some experts, the low frequencies emitted by the purring of the cat act like a drug helping to reduce anxiety levels and blood pressure.
August 8: an international day of action
In addition to highlighting the benefits brought by the presence of a cat by his side, the annual event is also a privileged moment for:
- Encourage them adoption within the many SPA refuges and other associations. Summer is the period always corresponding to a rise abandonment of cats and especially kittens. If animal protection structures act on a daily basis, August 8 sheds light on the phenomenon and raises public awareness of their cause. As a reminder, theabandonment of a pet is an offense punishable by a penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros;
- Recall the importance of sterilization. Namely that a couple of cats can lead to the birth of 20,000 kittens in four years, i.e. a proliferation of small felines that can grow up in poor conditions, even pass away lack of care and food. On the occasion of the international day, animal protection organizations insist that sterilizing your cat helps to break the cycle ofabandonment animals ;
- Share information on their protection and well-being. Since International Cat Day takes place in the summer, it may coincide with an episode of heat wave to which animals are particularly sensitive. Websites and blogs can thus offer advice on how to help felines fight against heat but also exchange tips and know-how on health of the cat, its hygiene, its food or its distractions.
International day of tenderness and humor
For those who do not have the possibility of having a cat at home, Internet offers them this happiness by broadcasting a multitude of images and sequences showing their pretty faces and some funny nonsense. International Cat Day offers cat owners the opportunity to post their photos on social networks, while the Lolcats (videos or animations) have largely invaded the web in recent years. According to an Indiana University study of 7,000 people, these videos highly prized would tend to reduce theanxiety and to give punch to the spectator by making him in a better mood!
The black cat also has its international day
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA: the first animal welfare organization founded in the world) established International Black Cat Day on August 17th. You should know that since antiquity, the black cat embodied the Devil and vshis belief endured in the Middle Ages, when the ebony feline was associated with the witchcraft. The fear of witches has disappeared, but received ideas are tough. Thus, the black cat is more often abandoned and remains Longer in shelters than its light-haired counterparts. The international day set up on August 17 by the RSPCA aims to carry an essential message: there is no reason rational not to adopt a black cat.