August the 8th is International Cat Day, and it’s not hard to see why our little feline friends hold such a special place in our affections.
Funny cat videos, memes and cute pictures of cats are some of the most viewed content online, which just confirms our obsession with the furry things. While research shows that watching funny cat videos online can boost a person’s energy and create positive emotions, according to the experts owning a cat can also be good for your heart. Petting a cat is said to reduce stress levels, and with people having such hectic lives, they can be an easier and less demanding choice of pet than owning a dog.
Cats are far from a new internet fad, humankind has been loving these fluffballs for centuries... sometimes even worshiping, which let’s face it, any cat owner will tell you that a cat considers that the most appropriate default mode!
The God: Bastet
In ancient Egypt, Bastet was the goddess of protection, pleasure, and good health. Probably the most famous of all the cat gods. You’ve likely seen images of her in her most common form, with the head of a cat and the body of a woman.
The Astronaut: Felicette
In 1963, Felicette became the first cat in space. She survived the spaceflight and was sent by French scientists in an effort to understand how reduced gravity impacts animals. It is said she was chosen thanks to her calm disposition.
The Oldest: Creme Puff
Creme Puff was the oldest cat ever recorded, she was a domestic cat living in Texas. According to the Guinness World Records, Creme Puff passed away in 2005 at the age of 38 years and 3 days old.
The Mayor: Stubbs
Named Stubbs after its stub tail, he was elected town mayor in July 1997 by voters after they felt the human candidates were not good enough. Amazingly, Stubbs was mayor of Talkeetna for 20 years until his passing in 2017.
Downing Street Staffer: Larry
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street since 2011.
The Fashionista: Choupette
A pretty little Birman cat who was the beloved pet of German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld until the designer’s death in 2019 at 85yrs old.
Cats have more than earned their extra treats and cuddles this International Cat Day, so go on, show your appreciation to that moggy in your life or buy that extra pack of cat food at the shops to donate to your local rescue centre as a little thanks to our four legged pals!