July 10th National Kitten Day
Today was created by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, author and animal advocate. We celebrate kittens today, those cute, cuddly little cats that often can fit into the palm of your hand. The general idea is to try and keep kittens out of shelters and put them into the homes of cat lovers. Kittens are normally rescued pretty quickly, although thousands are born every year with no place to call home. Gestation for cats is anywhere from 64-67 days with anywhere from 1 to 10 being born in a litter. That means a cat can have kittens 3 to 4 times a year producing anywhere from 4 to 40 kittens during that same time.
How to celebrate – Adopt a kitten. Get you cats spayed or neutered to cut down the population. Give a cat a home.
National Hug Your Cat Day June 4th, 2018
National Hug Your Cat Day
We humans want to be pampered by soft, cuddly things in our lives. That bathrobe that awaits us stepping out of the shower, those slippers that hug our feet after a long hard day, that kitty that is wrapping itself around our legs as we try to walk. You pick it up, give it a gentle squeeze and then head to the bathroom to get band-aids and some antiseptic to ease those razor like scratches now running down your arm, face and anyplace else they may have penetrated.
There is no doubt that cats do like to cuddle, they even like the occasional hug, but make sure you do it on their terms, not yours. Just remember that because they are purring one second does not mean they will not rip you apart the next! So we suggest that one term be added to this day for those who want to hug your cat, that term is “cautiously”. Perhaps adding gloves, a helmet and full body armor to your wardrobe to cuddle with your kitty.
How to celebrate: Get or find a cat. Hug the cat you have or have found. Apply band-aids after washing off the wounds.
I don’t care what job you have, no matter how difficult it gets, no matter who you have to put up, with it can’t be as bad as herding cats.
It’s hard enough to get one cat to go where you want it to go, imagine trying to do that with a hundred, or a thousand! Imagine trying to get them all to do the same thing at the same time, or go the same place at the same time. Put an empty box down in the middle of the floor and a hundred of them will all try to get in it at the same time, but aside from that, you might as well forget it.
I am sure some of you have jobs nearly as complicated or impossible to do. I work with a hundred kids daily and it’s almost the same thing. Apparently Thomas and Ruth Roy know all about this as they created the day for Wellcat.com. Though my guess is that this is not an entirely new thing as there were posters speaking on this as far back as the early 1800’s.
That said, I don’t know if the position actually exists today. Sheep are bad enough, dogs would be a chore, but cats… well that’s really impossible. Can you imagine Santa having to deal with cats instead of reindeer?
Well cats are meant to be enjoyed, not herded. So enjoy your cat for all it does, and doesn’t do.
How to celebrate – Try herding you cats just for the fun of it – even if you only have one. Remember anytime your job seems impossible, someone was once a cat herder. Buy your cat some catnip for Christmas and let them go crazy.