Why is International Cat Day celebrated on August 8?

Today august 8is celebrated on International Cat Day, one of the best known pets in the world that fill many homes with tenderness and feline love. This animal, despite its reputation for being independent and even arrogant, for many people they are part of their family, providing many good moments of company to their owners. The choice of this date was promoted in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW for its acronym in English), which is a non-profit association that fights to rescue animals and protect their natural habitats.

According to data provided by the National Association of Pet Food Manufacturers (ANFAAC), an entity that depends on the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In Spain there are more than 29 million pets. Inside of her, there are a total of 5.8 million domestic cats in Spanish homes, being the second most common pet in the entire homeland behind dogs, which amount to a total figure of 9.3 million.

Three different dates for the same day

If you are a cat lover, you probably already know that in addition to August 8, there are two other days of the year dedicated to felines. The February 20this the first date of the calendar in which cats are commemorated, because of the Bill Clinton’s daughter’s cat, president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. This feline became very popular throughout the nation and died on February 20, 2009. For this reason, his followers decided to declare this date International Cat Day. The last date for the moment in which this festivity is commemorated, is the day October 29thwhich arose from the need to make stray cats visibleto eradicate this figure and promote the rescue and adoption of cats.

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Within the feline world, we can find cats that are more or less furry, with different colours, sizes or temperaments among them. According to the International Feline Federation (FiFe), it recognizes a total of 46 types of races, among which stand:

Persian cat

This breed stands out for its large coat, which requires special care with daily brushing so that knots do not form and bother you. He is a very affectionate cat, and somewhat lazy. It is a breed created in the 19th century in England and is considered a descendant of the Turkish Angora cat and the authentic Persian cat from Iran. A curious fact is that throughout history this breed has been associated with luxury, wealth and royalty.

russian blue cat

It is one of the breeds of domestic cat oldest and most popular of the world. They are medium sized with short silver hair, with a slender body and a triangular head. He is intelligent and affectionate, enjoys contact with humans and is ideal for a family home.

Siamese cat

The Siamese cat stands out for having a particular coat, and a slender and athletic constitution. Their legs are long and their legs are narrow, and in addition, their eyes are usually intense blue, a factor that explains why this breed is partially albino, producing a small amount of the pigment melanin. Lastly, he has a very active temperament and needs continuous stimulation and training in the home.

Cat sphinx the egyptian

The most striking feature of this breed is its absence of fur, in addition to having a slender and slim body. They have a layer of very fine and short hair, almost imperceptible to the eye or to the touch. Their heads are triangular and short, and they usually have a peaceful and friendly temperament.

Today august 8is celebrated on International Cat Day, one of the best known pets in the world that fill many homes with tenderness and feline love. This animal, despite its reputation for being independent and even arrogant, for many people they are part of their family, providing many good moments of company to their owners. The choice of this date was promoted in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW for its acronym in English), which is a non-profit association that fights to rescue animals and protect their natural habitats.

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