It has been celebrated since 2002 with the launch of the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). The aim is to pay tribute to this exceptional animal and remind them of the need to care for it and respect its well-being.
The cat has lived alongside humans for thousands of years. In the past, he was identified with divine and mythological figures; we are obviously thinking of the Egyptian goddess Bastet, as well as the legendary Celtic creature Side, among others.
He also became a victim of persecution. Unfortunately, members of the black-headed species have suffered greatly due to superstition. Moreover, they also have their own event celebrated on August 17: International Black Cat Day.
Cats know how to make themselves irreplaceable, primarily as «useful» partners. As such, they were mainly bred to protect crops and food from rodents. Then as pets, emphasizing both their tenderness and their mischievous side.
Cat is a friend who wishes you the best!
Today, many of the benefits associated with cats are being studied and recognized. We know in particular that their presence helps us fight stress and helps lower blood pressure. Families with cats have been shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart attack.
Cat purring has also been shown to speed up the healing of damaged human bones. We even talk about «purr cure» to refer to the healing properties of that pleasant sound our hairballs make.
We also do not take into account the benefits associated with a cat for a child. The latter acquires, being next to him, such important concepts as empathy and responsibility.
International Cat Day is also an opportunity to highlight the fact that many felines are waiting in shelters and on the streets for the chance at the happy life they deserve.