International Cat Day on 08.08.2022
On 08.08. we celebrate the International Cat Day again this year. This day can also be confidently called the mother of all cat holidays – or World Cat Day. In today's blog post, we explain why we celebrate our cats every year on 08.08.
How did World Cat Day on 08.08. come about?
For 20 years now, we have been celebrating International Cat Day every year on 8 August. Since there are hardly any records of who originally started this day, it is all the more wonderful that the WWF and Pro Wildlife have taken this date as an opportunity to promote the living conditions of endangered wild cat species. But that is not all, because numerous pet shops and pet food shops are also generating cat content on 08.08.
If you look a little deeper into the origins of World Cat Day, you will find that the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) established International Cat Day. If one looks exclusively in Germany for information, independent sources provide the Tiertafel as the initiator. However, both companies deny to have been involved in the establishment of the day.
Good reasons to celebrate your cat!
Cats are among the most popular pets in Germany – closely followed by dogs, which take second place. So on Cat Day, we can not only celebrate, but also spread an extra portion of love to our velvety paws. Besides International Cat Day, you can also celebrate the Happy Mew Year For Cats Day on 02 January.
Not enough? Then you can celebrate Answer Your Cats Question Day on 22 January or Respect Your Cat Day on 28 March. Your cat is black and you love Friday the 13th? Fine, then you can celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day in mid-August on 17 August. Do you like very strange holidays? Then you shouldn't miss „Meow Like A Pirate Day on 19 September.
Why are there so many cat holidays?
Every holiday, no matter how curious, has a special purpose. Often, the purpose of the action is to raise awareness of the situation at hand. The cat holidays are always about not only putting the cat in the centre of attention, but also calling for species-appropriate animal husbandry.
Every Cat Day is also a day to combat neglect and abuse. It is the day on which targeted attention can be drawn to abuses. The cat has accompanied humans for several millennia, but has never really given up its independence. Self-willed, independent and unapproachable, it is considered difficult to train. Once tamed, however, she seeks contact with humans and is happy to receive an extra portion of love.