Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

So, September is Happy Cat Month? Yes, please. Sign us up. After all, who doesn’t want a happy kitty? We all know how unhappy cats let us know unambiguously about their displeasure. So if they are happy, we humans are happy, too.

The CATalyst Council — a coalition of veterinarians and animal-welfare nonprofit groups — invented Happy Cat Month as an annual September ritual. The group started the promotion to help inform cat parents about the health and welfare of their companion kitties.

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Often, people think of cats as emotionally aloof and less in need of medical care than dogs — which isn’t true. Happy Cat Month aims to counteract these misconceptions and help cat families understand how to care for and enrich the lives of their feline companions.

Each week of September, the CATalyst Council posts about a new cat-care topic on its Facebook page. You can also learn more on the Happy Cat Month section of its website.

About the author: Kellie B. Gormly is a Pittsburgh-based jour- nalist otherwise known as “Mother Catresa” to homeless kittens and cats. She blogs about her adventures in fostering at Mother Catresa’s Chronicle.