International Cat Day 2021: Theme and Significance | World News

  • International Cat Day is celebrated to raise public awareness of cats and learn how to keep and protect them.

From | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2021 11:09 AM

International Cat Day is celebrated on August 8th every year. It was first committed in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the world, based in Canada.

International Cat Day is celebrated to raise public awareness of cats and learn how to keep and protect them. Many countries also celebrate National Cat Days to raise awareness about cat adoption. Canada and the USA also celebrate National Cat Day in their countries on August 8 and October 29, respectively. Japan celebrates National Cat Day on February 22nd and Russia on March 1st.

In 2020, IFAW transferred the leadership of International Cat Day to the UK nonprofit International Cat Care, a charity founded in 1958 by cat enthusiasts to disseminate information about the health and welfare of cats. The organization explains that “The aim is to enable and inspire people to understand cats’ individual needs and perspectives and to act in the interests of the welfare of each cat. We do this by creating and sharing knowledge, insights, skills and current best practices so that people can feel confident in their ability to help cats and counteract ignorance and misunderstanding. “

Theme of the International Cat Day 2021

International Cat Care has decided to celebrate this year’s International Cat Day with the “Be cat curious” campaign. The campaign encourages cat owners to spend time with their pets and learn more about them. The organization says that 95% of cat owners want more advice on training their cats, with at least half saying they have had difficulty getting their cat into the litter box. Therefore, this year’s International Cat Day is celebrated to promote training for cats and their owners. Cat owners were also invited to share their experiences with training their pets

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