“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” – Mark Twain
Ever feel like you are constantly bombarded by bad news? I know I do. At the end of 2016, especially, I allowed myself to get bogged down and focused on all the negative stories that were circulating.
While I don’t advocate putting blinders on and pretending unpleasant things don’t happen, it does no one any good to let the dark drown out the light. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve decided to find reasons to celebrate something every day in 2017.
With that in mind, I’ve done a little research into the holidays and observances celebrated throughout the year to highlight on this blog. Some will be serious, some will not. Some will tie in to yoga, some will not (and in some cases I will stretch the imagination to find a correlation). So here’s our first lesser known holiday for 2017…
Happy Mew Year for Cats!
You read that right, January 2nd is the annual day to celebrate kitty cats brought to you by the good folks at wellcat.com. I’ve had cats since I was old enough to talk and I think they are totally awesome. My life has definitely been improved by my many feline friends (that’s Mickey in the photo above) and I can’t imagine not having one in my life.
Why Cats Are Awesome
- Cats are independent. This is a plus for those of us who love the attitude we get from cats and a minus for those who need the doting loyalty of our doggy friends. My cat is always happy to see me but she doesn’t get as stressed and act out while I’m gone as my dog does.
- Cats are unique. “Unique” is not a word I use lightly, but over the 45+ years that I’ve been around cats, no two have been alike.
- Cats are funny. If they weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many YouTube videos dedicated to them.
- Cats are smart. Cats are complex problem solvers and have brains that are somewhat similar to our own. People sometimes think because cat’s are hard to train, they’re not smart but that is more often than not our inability to figure out what motivates them.
- Cats have developed a language to communicate specifically with us. Adult cats “meow” for humans. They use other vocalizations to communicate with each other and other animals, but the traditional “meow” sound is pretty much for our benefit.
How to Celebrate Mew Year
- If you already have a cat, give him or her a little extra affection today. Give them some extra cuddles or their favorite food, or play with them using their favorite toy.
- If you want a cat, adopt or foster one from a shelter*. According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.4 million cats are euthanized every year in shelters. This obviously doesn’t include the number of cats who never enter the shelter system, so it’s a low estimate of the number of homeless cats who die every year.
- Volunteer to socialize cats at a local shelter. Shelter life is stressful and cats especially become scared and withdrawn in that environment.
- Spay or neuter your cat. You’ll help control the number of unwanted animals born and improve the health of your pet.
- Keep kitty indoors. Yes, all cats want to go outside; but I want to eat a carton of ice cream every night. Getting what we want isn’t necessarily what’s best for us. Cats are awesome killing machines. But that is all the more reason to keep them inside; they will kill not just unwanted pests but songbirds and other beneficial wildlife. Plus, your cat will be safer kept away from traffic, humans with bad intent, and other predatory animals.
*Here’s a list of some of the shelters in the Lafayette, Indiana, area:
- Almost Home Humane Society (adoptions are $20.17 from Jan. 3 – Jan. 7)
- Loving Heart Animal Shelter
- Natalie’s Second Chance
- PawSwaP of Greater Lafayette
- North Central Indiana Spay and Neuter
- My New Cat Rescue
- Lori’s Kitty Rescue