10 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day
So here are ten random acts of kindness you can do for your cat(s) today:
1) Heavy Petting
Who doesn't love a little heavy petting? Most cats love the attention, and it might help decrease your blood pressure if done regularly.
2) Spa Session
Grooming: Groom your cat to remove loose hair. This helps reduce hairballs, and makes your cat feel better. Older cats have extra grooming needs because they can't groom themselves as thoroughly as youngsters. It also gives you the opportunity to feel for lumps, hot spots, ticks, and tender spots.
Pawdicure: Give your cat a nail trim. Not trimming your cat's nails can result in damage to you and your cat. If the nails rival Howard Hughes' in length, they can get stuck in carpeting or other material, and your cat could pull out the nail to extricate herself. If left long for too long, you can run the risk of the nail curling around and growing into the paw pad.
3) Tell Her You Love Her
Cats have a limited ability to understand language, and I have no doubt that they have emotions as well. When my Siamese, Mao, is cuddled next to me and I say, "I love you, Mao", he begins purring. If I say it again, he'll rev up the purrer even more. He does not react to random phrases like "broccoli books and funny hats"
But that's just my unscientific observation. What if, twenty years from now, it is proved that cats understand every single word we say? Wouldn't you then like to go back and say "I love you" to every cat you ever had? You can start today.
4) Buy a Pet First Aid Book and Kit
You can buy a pre-made kit, or put together your own.
PetFinder recommends that a basic Pet First Aid Kit contain the following:
- Sterile gauze pads (3" x 3" and 2" X 2") and gauze bandage rolls (1" and 2")
- First-aid adhesive tape, 1" roll
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
- Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
- Antibacterial ointment
- Antiseptic cleansing wipes
- Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol
- A current pet first-aid book
- Mineral oil (a lubricant and laxative when given by mouth)
- Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
- Leather work gloves (to protect you from being bitten)
- Latex gloves
- Thin rope
- Splint materials (tongue depressor, 12-inch wooden ruler or thick magazine)
5) Tag and Microchip Your Cat
If she's already microchipped, take a few minutes to ensure that your contact info is accurate.
When buying tags, we recommend a pet recovery service like Together Tag which allows the finder of your pet to go online and find out who your pet's vet is, any meds your pet takes, and out-of-area contacts (good in the case of emergencies like wildfires, earthquakes and flooding.)
Both tag and microchip work together to ensure that your cat can be returned to you. For more information, check out The Cat's Meow's Guide to Pet Recovery.
6) Play with your Cat
Cats rarely get enough playtime, especially if they're under five years old. Spend some quality time with your cat and play her favorite game. Then resolve to spend 15 minutes (or more) each day in playtime.
7) Volunteer at an Animals-as-Therapy Group
If your cat has a mellow disposition and is a good traveler, consider volunteering for a therapy animal program. It will give you a chance to spend quality time with your cat, and help out your community.
8] Buy your cat a water fountain.
9) Channel Mr Clean
Wash your cat's bedding (use fragrance-free laundry soap) and empty and scour her litter box. Both off these tasks should be done weekly, but time often slips away from us and before you know it, neither bedding nor litter box has been cleaned for a month. Do both today, and set a weekly reminder.
10) Adopt a Cat
If you have the time and resources to do so (and not many cats to begin with), adopt one of the 4 million cats in local shelters and save her life. Is there anything better you could do for a cat than that?
About National Cat Day
National Cat Day was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.
Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don't usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owner of danger.
Cats have so many puuuurrrrsonalities and there is so much to love about them! Even if you can't adopt a cat, offer to volunteer to clean a cage or sit and play with a cat for a while. Who knows? You may just fall in love!