It’s all about cats today. It has been proclaimed World Cat Day or International Cat Day by the International Fund of Animal Welfare and is coordinated by diverse animal welfare organizations all over the world. The goal is to increase the public’s awareness for the needs of cats. The exhortation is for species-appropriate keeping; the fighting of neglect and abuse are a major issue, too.
Cats have been company for humans for thousands of years. They are pets, not used for any kind of work or economic reasons that makes the connection between humans and cats extraordinary. The character of a cat is said to be idiosyncratic and independent, which makes them hard to train. Nonetheless, quite often the connection between the animal owner and the pet is emotional. Whether this is a one-way love or not causes debates among animal friends.
Worldwide there are about 60 known cat breeds while the European shorthair is the most populous. The mysterious nature of cats let people come up with many cat related sayings and fairy tales. Cats are considered very clever and patient, and sometimes unthankful and egotistic characters. Well known cats are “Puss in Boots” and the “Cheshire Cat” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (from www.cute-calendar.com and me)