Celebrate International Cat Day on August 8th



In a world filled with furry pups, our feline friends often go unnoticed. However, on August 8th cats get their day in the spotlight as International Cat Day is celebrated across the nation!


Back in 2002, a group of animal lovers known as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) created International Cat Day as a way to bring awareness to and provide information about the wonderfully wacky (and lazy) world of cats.  


This celebration confirms that dogs aren’t the only best friends of humans; a kitty can make an equally fun, entertaining and loyal (albeit lazy) pet. Felines provide their owners with unconditional love, companionship and oodles of entertainment (think funny cat videos).  


Cat lovers everywhere can celebrate this fantastic feline frenzy in a variety of ways.  Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

  1. Give your kitty a brushing to remove excess hair (this may help with hairballs later).
  2. Take funny pictures of your cat in costume and share them!
  3. Treat your feline pal to a special meal, a new bed, or some distracting toys that they can chase around the house.  Maybe fill a favorite toy with a bit of naughty catnip and watch the elegant slinky fun ensue.
  4. Get your kitty a shiny new collar with a fancy name tag – even if you can’t take them for a walk, they will appreciate the thought.


At VIP pets, we would love to see how you and your pet celebrate International Cat Day – share your favorite furry cat photos with us by tagging us at @vippetslove.  


Celebrate National Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17th

August 17th marks National Black Cat Appreciation Day in the United States. This day was created to honor solid black kitties and bring awareness to their plight.

Did you know that black cats have a more difficult time getting adopted than cats with almost any other coat coloring?  It’s true!

While half of all potential adoptive families in one survey stated that color wasn’t really a factor in their decision when choosing a cat, black cats are far more likely to be passed over than almost any other solid or mixed color.

In the same survey mentioned above, 13% of people admitted to believing that bad luck would ensue if a black cat crossed his or her path. Unfortunately, the only unlucky party in this situation is the black cat.

Having been accused of being associated with black magic for centuries, and even having been called the “incarnation of Satan” in the year 1233 by Pope Gregory XI, these poor unfortunate cats have been feared, avoided, and even killed simply for their misfortune of being born black.

Black cats are every bit as loving and affectionate as their more colorful counterparts. Their mysterious beauty has remarkable appeal. They make great pets, companions, and family members.

It’s 2015 (almost 2016!) and way past time to finally end the superstition and stigma surrounding the irrational, dated notions of old and embrace the black cat for its elegance and potential.

If you are looking to adopt, be sure to give a black cat more than just a passing glance. He or she may be responsible for bringing immense joy into your life, or the lives of your family!

For more information on National Black Cat Appreciation Day, please contact us.

Got black cats? We are more than happy to provide pet sitting services, and welcome them to cross our paths!