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 to control vermin and other pests. Cats quickly earned a reputation as great hunters, and later, the Ancient Egyptians worshiped them as gods. For World Cat Day on Aug. 8, we celebrate one of humanity's most ancient pets—although if you're a cat owner, you know that everyday is World Cat Day.
Why We Love World Cat Day
1. Cats Are the Best Hunters Ever
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? Cats were originally domesticated for their hunting prowess, and humans have loved them ever since.
2. Cats Can’t Hide Their Happiness
No matter how hard our cats may try to give us the cold shoulder, avoid our touch, or simply hide under the bed, they are physically incapable of masking their happiness. That motor-like purr gives them away every. Single. Time.
3. Cats Are Low Maintenance
If you’re a cat owner, chances are you’ve bought a shiny new toy for your feline friend, only for her to completely ignore it and attack a ball of discarded aluminum foil instead. Cats are perfectly content to play with everyday household items—saving you tons of money!
How to Celebrate World Cat Day
1. Become a Cat
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 costume 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!
2. 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. If they fits, they sits!
3. Take a Selfie with a 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. And if you don’t have a cat, no worries—we’re sure a friend would be glad to let you borrow theirs for a few seconds.