We have loved our cats since the beginning of time — or close to it. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to harness the glory of the feline. Nearly 4,000 years ago, they domesticated our four-legged friends by keeping them near food stores. (This helped control vermin and other pests.) Cats quickly earned a reputation as great hunters, and later, Egyptians worshipped them as gods. For World Cat Day on August 8, we celebrate one of humanity’s most ancient pets. Of course, if you’re a cat owner, you know that everyday is World Cat Day. They’re not about to let us forget.
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World Cat Day Activities
Dress the Part
Whether you're spending World Cat Day at school, work, home, or out on the town, show your love for felines by donning a pair of cat ears. This cute accessory is sure to add a little fun to any situation. Bonus points if you can convince your friends or coworkers to join in!
Take a Nap (and Go to Bed Early)
Cats are the world's foremost experts in napping. Getting anywhere from 12-16 hours of shuteye per day, cats are not only incredibly well-rested — they can also contort themselves into countless nap-time positions.
Take a Selfie with Your Cat
Lest we forget, World Cat Day is all about our four-legged feline friends. Let the whole world know how you feel by snapping a selfie with your cat and posting it on social media.
Why We Love World Cat Day
Cats Are Hunters
Who needs chemicals, rat traps, or an exterminator, when you've got a lean, mean (but cute and cuddly) killing machine living in your house? It's no surprise, of course. Humans domesticated cats for their hunting prowess.
Cats Can't Hide Their Happiness
Even if they try to give us the cold shoulder, avoid our touch, or simply hide under the bed, they're physically incapable of masking their happiness. That motor-like purr gives them away every time.
Cats Are Low Maintenance
If you're a cat owner, chances are you've purchased a shiny new toy for your feline friend, only for her to completely ignore it. Instead, she'll attack a ball of discarded aluminum foil. Luckily, cats seem perfectly content playing with everyday household items — saving you some money in the process.