It’s National Kitten Day!

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Today is a Kitten Appreciation Holiday!

Yes, that’s right! Today is actually a National Holiday to celebrate those cute little furry angels everyone loves. Not only have we adorable cats taken over the internet, but we actually are also the reason for a few National Holidays!

Did you know that we cats have been domesticating our humans for more than 12,000 years? That’s right! We may sleep a lot, but we work fast when we wake up. Since we started domesticating humans, people have found so many reasons to love us, that Pet expert and advocate Colleen Paige started National Kitten day to draw attention to the cute little kittens needing good homes and help them find the love and care they need and deserve.

I mean, look at that little face! I used to be a kitten once- and believe it or not, Sushi was too…maybe. Anyway, we kitties start learning early on how to make humans fall in love with us- It starts with our big eyes, and big ears and delicate little meows, and BAM! Before you know it, you can’t get enough of us!

Did you know that research has shown that people who take short breaks throughout the day to look at cute animal pictures are more productive? We’re not only adorable to look at and play with, but having a cat around has also been proven to lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, improve your mood, and even reduce your risk of heart attacks (unless you step on their tail in the middle of the night)!

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Image by 99mimimi from Pixabay

So go ahead and look at all those cute kitty photos, or take some fun pictures of your own kitties- if you don’t have a kitten, visit your local shelter where you’ll find lots of kittens (and adult cats) who are longing to be adopted. Bring a few treats- and give them some love, and you’ll have a furry friend for life!


10 thoughts on “It’s National Kitten Day!

  1. We’re all for those kittens getting a new home, but Mom better not bring any of them here. We think she’s trying to adopt those strays cats that keep hanging around, and we still have our cousin cat in the basement. As far as we’re concerned, the house is full. Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty (They are pretty cute though)

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  2. Along with individual people, society collectively can also be quite cruel towards cats, especially the ‘unwanted’, if not despised, felines.

    It was reported a few years ago, for example, that Surrey, B.C., had an estimated 36,000 feral cats, very many of which suffer severe malnourishment, debilitating injury and/or infection. And I was informed last autumn by Surrey Community Cat Foundation that, if anything, their “numbers would have increased, not decreased, in the last 5 years.” Yet the municipal government, as well as aware yet uncaring residents, did little or nothing to help with the local non-profit Trap/Neuter/Release program, regardless of its (and others’) documented success in reducing the needlessly great suffering.

    [That TNR program is the only charity to which I’ve ever donated, in no small part because of the plentiful human callousness towards the plight of those cats and the countless others elsewhere.
    When I made the largest of my monetary donations ($500) to the T/N/R program, a lady volunteer left me a tearful voice mail expressing her appreciation, which to me suggested a scarcity of caring financial donors.]

    Additionally, when 59 kittens and cats were rescued from a feces-filled Surrey home, the local newspaper didn’t give these afflicted animals any newsprint. Are these felines and their suffering worth so little?

    Dogs also get abandoned/abused but not nearly as prolifically as do cats; even cats that had been house pets before being cowardly, cruelly abandoned. … Perhaps resulting from past bulk contemptible treatment of their species, cats already innately sense that they’re somehow meant to be but a popular target of persecution as they’ve been throughout history.

    Also, with their reptile-like vertical-slit pupils and Hollywood-cliché fanged hiss when confronted, in a world mostly hostile toward snakes, cats may have a permanent public-relations problem, despite their social-media adorable-pet status.

    I believe there’s a subconscious yet tragic human-nature propensity to perceive the value of animal life (sometimes even human life in regularly war-torn or overpopulated famine-stricken global regions) in relation to the conditions enjoyed or suffered by that life. With the mindset of feline disposability, it might be: ‘Oh, there’s a lot more whence they came’.

    Only when overpopulations of unwanted cats are greatly reduced in number by responsible owners consistently spaying/neutering their felines, might these beautiful animals’ presence be truly appreciated — especially for the symbiotic-like healthy relationships they offer their loving owners — rather than taken for granted or even resented. Until then, cats may remain beautiful yet often misunderstood, prejudged and unjustly despised animals.

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    1. It’s true that there seems to be a growing disreguard and disrespect for life- of anykind. Thank God there are still plenty of good people who love and care for animals- even strays. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect life whenever and whenever we can. Especially in these extremely hard times when so many can barely afford food for themselves. Those of us who are able should surely be willing to look after any living thing that could be going hungry.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

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