Cats, whether they are big or small, black or white, long-haired or short-haired, make excellent pets! These furry felines have strong, flexible bodies and quick reflexes. They are also nocturnal and have acute hearing and an ability to see in near darkness. This is why cats usually prey on mice: the rodents make high frequency noises so the cats can pinpoint exactly where they are.
National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare advocate Colleen Paige in order to help the public recognize the number of cats each year that need to be rescued. There are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters each year, with 1-2 million of them being euthanized.
Cats are often overlooked as pets because they don't help people like police dogs or guide dogs. But research shows that having a cat as a pet can lower an owner's blood pressure and stress level. Cats also have many different types of vocalizations that they use to communicate with their owners including meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting.
On National Cat Day, celebrate cats and the unconditional love and companionship that they provide to their owners. If you don't own a cat, today is a great opportunity to volunteer at your local animal shelter to play with the cats and give them some attention. You may just fall in love and want to adopt one!