They are tender, affectionate, cuddly, often lonely or unfriendly, but always a company for people. For these qualities and many more, cats not only have a International Day to celebrate, but They have three! February, August and October are the three months where they are recognized.
Today, August 8, is one of three commemorative dates for cats. This was arranged in the year 2002 on the initiative of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), together with other animal rights groups, with the aim of make the rights of felines visible.
Many people even determine August As the month of cats and this has a scientific explanation. Various studies show that in the northern hemisphere the activity of the kittens increases due to the temperature and the amount of sunlight they receive during the day. All this generates consequences when it comes to reproduction of the animal.
Some institutions related to animal reproduction, state that domestic cats can have spontaneous ovulation, in which heat occurs at an interval from 14 to 19 days in those felines exposed to a photoperiod of 14 hours a day. This clearly explains why the highest reproductions of cats in the northern hemisphere occur in the month of August.
Regarding these data, another reason for this date is raise awareness about sterilization of animals. Do you wonder why? To avoid overpopulation of cats (valid for dogs too) and the later abandonment to the street thereof.
What do the other two International Cat Days refer to?
The other two commemorative dates are the February 20 and October 29, with different motives and objectives. While one goes back to a former president of United States, the other seeks to promote animal adoption.
Every February 20 the International Cat Day as a commemoration for the death of the presidential cat Socks Clinton, mascot of the former president of the United States Bill Clinton, who was president from 1993 to 2001. But why so much repercussion with this presidential cat?
Socks was very famous in the 90s, for being the only feline in American history to roam the White House. Not only that, it had its own website and the large number of photos that were taken of it in the vicinity of the Oval Room were all the rage at that time. Millions of fans they sent letters through the mail from all over the country.
The date of International Cat Day It was determined by several animal protection organizations, in commemoration of his death that occurred on February 20, 2009. Socks was born on March 15, 1989 and passed away after 19 years and 11 months.
For his part, October 29th is the last date of the year in which the International Cat Day. Although this date is born as a national day in United States, then spread to the rest of the world. This is due to Colleen Paige, a pet expert, who chose this date to promote feline adoptions and promote a culture of responsible tenure and coexistence with animals.
“We live to celebrate cats and help them find forever homes and that is why, through our great press and social media platform, throughout the year we encourage everyone to take part and get involved in the wonderful world of cats. cats already put in the magnifying glass the difficult situation that cats suffer in shelters”Explains Colleen on her website.
On these three dates, social networks explode with images of cute kittens in various situations. But they do not only serve for this, since these three opportunities serve to spread the animal rescue centers, family homes for cats or the need for adoption that the kittens live.