Monday, August 8, 2016

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Let's Celebrate World Cat Day!

In case you didn’t know, August 8th is a day for celebrating cats and kittens all around the world. We’ve collected some info about this international celebration because we were curious as to how it became so popular over the years, but we also included some fun facts about cats. We also own a cat and love it dearly, and we thought about making this post as personal as possible by including some pictures of our darling Bluezzy. All of the images are from our Instagram account, Books for What.

World Cat Day was introduced in 2002 by the International Fund of Animal Welfare, in order to raise awareness about the requirements of cats. Few people are aware of the fact that there are now over half a billion pet cats living in apartments and homes around the world. Cats have been around for many, many years, during which they’ve gathered quite a good degree of popularity. Some of the greatest fans of cats were the Ancient Egyptians who are said to have had a religion where they worshipped animals, cats included. The reason cats were critically acclaimed back then was that they were capable of keeping small communities clean and vermin-free thanks to their abilities to catch and kill cobras and rats. Although it might be hard to believe, around one hundred and eighty thousand mummified cats were sold at an auction in 1890, in Britain.
In the United States, cats are the most popular pets as there are over eighty million of them living in households, and there are just over seventy million dogs owned by Americans these days. In 2011, an Italian cat named Tommaso became the richest one ever to have lived on the planet because his 94-year old owner left him a 13 million dollar fortune. From rags to riches doesn’t get cooler than this because up to a point in his life, Tommaso was a stray cat living in the streets of Rome. When he was adopted by Maria Assunta, things changed substantially. The woman didn’t have any kids or relatives and was a widow, so she left all her money to the cat.
Many cats are lactose-intolerant, in spite of their owners’ tendency to give them milk once they adopt them. Our cat hates milk and any other milk-related product (including cream and sour cream) aside from butter, but we’ve figured that her preference for buttery dishes is probably due to the heavy fat content. Cats can’t taste sweetness, but they might love ice cream and other foods of this sort because they’re fatty, and they like the consistency. There have been cases (and our cat is not an exception) where cats have been surprised eating coconut oil.
Famous cat lovers include Abraham Lincoln, Isaac Newton, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Renoir, Monet, Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter, Yeats, Sir Walter Scott, Theodore Roosevelt, the Bronte sisters, and Lord Byron.

To make things a bit more fun, we’ve decided to make a short list of several gifts for cat lovers that will seriously blow them away. Some of these items are sweet and decorative whereas others are functional and useful.

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