Why is International Cat Day celebrated during the dog days of summer when it could just as well happen any other time? That’s the mystery question of the day. It may well remain a mystery, at least to me.
The commemoration was organized in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, and other animal-interest groups. I could not find the reason that this time of year was selected for the holiday. The only guess I can fathom is that the day falls within the period that the astrological Sun Sign Leo the Lion occurs. So, just as dog days coincide with the appearance of Sirius the dog star, cat day coincides with a stellar event.
What else is to be said about the world’s most popular pet, that hasn’t been said before? Some 500,000,000 pet cats are thought to be roaming the apartments and houses of humans who enjoy felines. Having a cat around is known to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety.
My favorite cat is a tuxedo tom named Random Kitty. He’s a playful one-year-old that can be somewhat aggressive at times.
Even though dogs were domesticated first, cats have been a part of human culture for at least 12,000 years. They have been an important animal in our lives ever since we’ve stored grains that need protection from rodents.
During one period in ancient Egypt, cats were so esteemed that anybody who killed a cat received severe punishment, in some cases the death penalty was invoked.
At one time, the ancient Romans viewed cats as a symbol of liberty. In some parts of the Far East, cats protected official and religious manuscripts from vermin.
You may see a few more photos and videos of the unofficial mascot of the Internet today, as cat people celebrate International Cat Day.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quip from comedian, writer Paula Poundstone: “The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their faces whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.”