What is International Cat Day?
International Cat Day could very well be the greatest holiday of the year, so we aren’t kitten around when it comes to celebrating. Every cat owner pretty much celebrates their cats every day, but this is a real holiday for us feline-fanatics! The day was first celebrated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare or IFAW, which is a Canadian-based and one of the world’s largest animal welfare organizations. On a broad scope, the day aims to raise awareness on how to properly care for your cats, and to promote feline adoption! For all you cat parents this day is another perfect excuse to pamper your fur-baby, but what are some of the best ways to do so?
Visit a local shelter or rescue
Occasionally visiting an Edmonton shelter or rescue is a great way to show love to your local kitties and to support your community. What better day to go say hello to some rescue cats than International Cat Day? If going to visit a shelter is not possible, consider donating to a local rescue of your choice or pet charity. Here’s a list of a few shelters to check out!
- WHARF (Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation)
- Little Cats Lost
- SAFE Team (Saving Animals From Euthanasia)
- Edmonton Humane Society
With the extenuating circumstances of COVID 19, some rescues may have restrictions in place, so be sure to check their websites or phone before going in to be up to date on current protocols!
Make a new toy for your cat!
Making an enrichment toy for your cat is another fun way to celebrate International Cat Day! Warning: Your cat will likely be completely uninterested in a toy that you put effort into making and will probably want to play with a random piece of dust or string instead. You might be able to pique your fur baby’s interest by sprinkling a little catnip on the new toy, if they roll around on it the toy can start to smell and feel more familiar to them… maybe, who knows, cats are cats after all!
Making cardboard rings is easy peasy and cats generally love them, all you need to do is cut along the width of a cardboard toilet paper roll. You can make multiple rings with each roll! Making a quick cardboard box “city” or tunnel system is also another great way to engage your cat. Cutting holes in the top of an old box and sticking your cat’s favourite feather toy through them makes for a fun game of whack-a-mole! If all else fails, throw a few cat treats in a cardboard toilet paper roll and partially fold the ends down and watch your kitty go for a treat hunt.
Have a feline photoshoot
You likely already have hundreds if not thousands of pictures of your feline friend on your camera roll, but why not snap a few more? Getting a cat to cooperate in taking photos is another valiant task that will likely leave you in compromising positions making ridiculous sounds just to get your cat to look at the camera, but it’s oh so worth it when you snap that adorable pic.
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