International Cat Day 2021

International Cat Day 2021

Humane Society Celebrates Rescue, Recovery of Solace on International Cat Day

International Cat Day 2021

August 8 is International Cat Day — a day to celebrate one of man’s most common and ancient pets. They have even been worshiped as gods (we see you, Egypt.)

Well, it is not surprising, Cats are one of the coolest beings on the planet: they are independent, inquisitive, adventurous, have an amazing physiognomy, and the power to heal by themselves — at least most of the time.


International Cat Day 2021

Cats are carnivorous small furry mammals — for the most part — with four legs, a tail, and claws, that humans have domesticated as pets since ancient times, even though they have descended from the African Wildcat and they used to catch vermin.

The first historical human record about cats could be found in Ancient Egyptian Civilization’s culture. We all seem to relate cats with Egyptians, because of their adoration and consideration of cats as gods. Mafdet was the first known cat deity and was regarded as the protector against snakes, scorpions, and evil during the First Dynasty, so for them, cats were not just deities, but also protectors.

Later, after the Egyptian Dynasty collapsed, Cats became popular everywhere! Greeks and Romans used them as pest control, and in the East, cats were originally owned by rich and wealthy people. But during the Middle Ages, in Europe.

International Cat Day 2021

Cats became associated with superstition and suspected of carrying the disease during the Black Death of 1348, that is the reason why too many cats got killed in that era, and it wasn’t until the 1600s that cats’ reputation started to recover.

In America, cats were part of the cargo on the colonization ships to minimize vermin and disease, so those cats went ashore and flourished. Nowadays, cats seem to be one of the pop icons in modern society – we have about half of a billion among us. And, since 2002, thanks to the “International Fund for Animal Welfare” cats have their own holiday!

International Cat Day 2021
International Cat Day 2021


International Cat Day 2021

Cats get the royal treatment on International Cat Day. Not that this isn’t already the case on most days, but they are especially pampered and showered with love today.

Cats are the finickiest members of the family, so the day is spent catering to their every need; buying them their favorite treats and expensive catnip, letting them shred to their heart’s content, allowing them to wail, and even tuning in to their favorite TV show (there are videos on the internet of cats obediently watching “Tom and Jerry.”)

Not every cat is lucky enough to have a good home where it enjoys a lavish lifestyle. Stray cats are subjected to cruelty and injuries due to car accidents and other harmful situations, so donations are generously made to animal shelters and welfare organizations. Cats are also adopted and taken to their new homes, especially by children who are getting their first pet.

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Example of Supporting Cat

International Cat Day 2021

Comfort available for adoption after recovery from cancer.Photo courtesy of San Diego Humane Society

The San Diego Humane Society celebrates International Cat Day with a survival story about a cat named Solace ready to find an eternal home.

According to SDHS Nina Thompson, Solace has been on the association’s San Diego campus since June 23.

She was brought in by a good Samaritan who found her roughly in western Otaimesa, without a collar or microchip.

International Cat Day 2021

A veterinarian at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine has diagnosed the types of skin cancer and Solace that are common in thin-haired cats who spend a lot of time in the sun.

The veterinarian performed surgery to remove the cancerous mass, including removing part of the cat’s ears.

International Cat Day 2021
International Cat Day 2021

Solace also underwent extensive dental surgery, including 10 tooth extractions.

“She is one of the sweetest cats we have in the hospital,” said veterinarian Neely Schvil. “I’m just amazed at her resilience and her ability to show love to everyone she meets.”

Solace (Animal ID # 742310) is now available. According to Thompson, she will do her best at home to protect her sensitive skin from the sun.

If taken outside, she should wear a pet-friendly sunscreen on her fine-skinned hair.

In addition to Solace, the local Humane Society has 56 cats available for adoption

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