Apparently, according to Twitter anyway, it’s National Cat Day (in the U.S. – see below for other locations), so @NationalCatDay #NationalCatDay. I normally avoid looking at Twitter‘s hashtags, but this one caught my eye. There’s at least one Twitter account, https://twitter.com/NationalCatDay, associated with the day. There’s even a website: https://www.nationalcatday.com/. According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cat_Day, Canada celebrates it on August 8 (which is close to National Dog Day on August 26 and doesn’t have its own Wikipedia article) which is also International Cat Day as opposed to World Cat Day on February 17 celebrated in a lot of Europe except Russia that celebrates World Cat Day on March 1; and Cat Day is celebrated in Japan on February 22. I didn’t realize when I started typing this post there were so many different days for cats around the world and that’s not including if other countries have their own day for cats that aren’t listed on Wikipedia. What means I now need to do a National Dog Day post – Belated Happy National Dog Day – August 26, 2018 to avoid alienating dog lovers who may be offended if I don’t mention it. Wonder how many countries celebrate it on a different day?
Growing up, we sometimes had a cat, but more often a dog (which appears to have their own National Dog Day), and occasionally both. Not to mention birds, fish, hamsters, gerbils, and squirrels (three who were orphans and we released back into the wild once they were old enough). If you have one or more cats, enjoy whichever Cat Day you choose to celebrate.
Growing up, we lived next door for several years to a woman who today would be called a cat lady. Nita was a sweet and nice older lady who had somewhere between 20 and 30+ cats living with her; not sure how many as they were rarely all together outside at the same time, but a best guess was a minimum of twenty (20) and could easily have been over thirty (30). They were several different species of cats with quite a few Heinz 57 versions in the mix. I believe she had one or more children, but her child(ren) rarely came to see her and she kept busy with her cats. I don’t remember Nita‘s last name, but I believe she passed away in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. At least she was no longer living in the neighborhood around that time.