Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun October cat activities.
NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled. But here are some virtual events you can check out.
Purina is asking pet lovers to support the Purple Leash Project to help bring an end to domestic abuse in all forms – which often includes both people AND pets. An unfortunate byproduct of the pandemic is that many victims have been forced to quarantine with their violent partners. Initial police reports from major cities suggest an increase in domestic violence incidents between 10% and 20%. Why pets? Currently only about 10% of domestic violence shelters are equipped to house pets. As a result, almost half (48%) of domestic violence victims will stay with their abuser rather than leave their pet behind. Through Purple Leash Project, Purina is creating safe havens for domestic violence survivors with pets who have the will to leave but nowhere to go. During October, Purina asks you to Take the Lead for survivors and pets by sharing a picture with your pet on Instagram and/or Facebook to show the unbreakable bond between pets and people, share information about Purple Leash Project and encourage others to do the same. Participate in Purple Thursday on October 22 by wearing purple (the color for domestic violence awareness) to show support for survivors. Post a photo of yourself using the hashtags #PurpleThursday and #PurpleLeashProject to join others in this movement; Consider donating to RedRover to support Purple Leash Project. Funds will help transform domestic violence shelters into pet-friendly spaces so pets and people can heal together. Visit PurpleLeashProject.com for more information.
The biggest cat-centric, pop culture event in the world debuts its first virtual event. Available this weekend, CatCon From Your Couch will feature exclusive content, curated exhibitors, adoptable cats, games and live chats all on a private platform. Tickets are $20, with $5 going to charity.
Here are just a few highlights:
*Famed photographer and author Mick Rock will discuss cats, collaboration and creativity with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.
*Advocate, author, influencer and feline foster mom Beth Stern will talk about being a cat lover and personally nurturing and rehoming more than 1,300 cats and kittens.
*The 2020 CatCon Awards are the A-CAT-amy Awards for the cat crowd, featuring awards like Best Biscuit Maker and #ififitsisits champion.
*In the Zoomies Conference Call, six cats and their people answer a series of cat-centric questions. Hilarity will ensue as the owners try to keep their cats in frame for the course of the call. Nala Cat and My Boy Belarus.
*Three shelters will offer adoptable kittens across the United States through CatCon From Your Couch: Ferndale Cat Shelter (Detroit), North Shore Animal League America (New York City area) and Planned PEThood (Atlanta).
For more information, visit catconworldwide.com.
Is your cat a little on the chubby side? Many pets in the United States could stand to lose a little weight, and it’s important that we get them back on the right track. This day reminds us to make a few changes for the good of our kitty. And the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention would love for you to take part in its 13th Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey. Find it at petobesityprevention.org.
There’s still time to catch this online-only art exhibition benefitting Best Friends Animal Society. For those cats who have served as muses and models for their artist people, Alpha 137 Gallery is hosting Pets of the Pandemic, which will feature the winners of an open call that invited professional artists from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to create original portraits of the pets who have helped them deal with quarantine and lockdowns.
The result is a show of 40-plus portraits of cats and dogs, as well as a horse, a bird, a guinea pig, a fish – and even a stuffed animal.
The unique pieces are priced between $200 and $1,200 to make them accessible to a wide variety of pet lovers and art collectors; buyers will be able to support both the artists and a worthy animal welfare organization. Works can be purchased directly online. The exhibition will run concurrently on Artsy, Artnet and Alpha 137 Gallery.
Tell the world how ameowzing community cats are on this special observance day. Alley Cat Allies launched this as a day of action and public education years ago. Go to its site for tips and info on how you can help your community cats: alleycat.org.
If you ask a cat, every day is national cat day. Of course, the humans picked only one. Celebrate your cat and other cats around the world with lots of social media pics, treats, volunteering or cuddles.
Keep your cats tucked safely inside tonight! Although cats are traditionally thought as part of Halloween, they aren’t really into humans’ tricks or treats. Give your cat something fun of her own – like a Halloween-themed scratcher or toy.
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