Davi Celebrates National Cat Day

Sigmund Freud once said that time spent with cats is never wasted. Though it’s wise to approach anything said by Freud with doubt, I do agree with him on this one, especially after walking the block with the neighbor’s cat. This small furry ball of cute utterly destroyed my ability to tap into my natural instincts and made me realize that cats do live pretty cool lives – just like dogs.

October 29 is National Cat Day. It’s a holiday with a heart since it’s meant to raise awareness about the benefits of caring for cats and encourage the adoption of homeless cats. It also gives you a great reason to celebrate the weird, wacky, and wonderful kitties in your life and do something extra special for them.

While many cats will probably mark the day with a nap or romp with a paper bag, you can celebrate the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon you. These furry little gods have been cherished members of the family since long before the days of the Pyramids and continue bringing joy and laughter to millions of people around the world.

So, what are some ideas for celebrating National Cat Day? Besides your daily snuggling sessions and treat time, there is a slew of ways you can make your kitties feel loved and appreciated.

Talk to Each Other

Celebrating can be as simple as having a conversation with your cat. They will talk to you if you talk to them. You may both be talking about totally different things, but there’s definitely a conversation going on there. Communication is important for bonding and building a relationship, and while you may understand one another, it’s also important to think about how you and your cat talk to each other. Understanding your cat’s body language and other ways of telling you what they want can help you anticipate your feline friend’s needs and be a better pet parent.

Have Extended Play Time

Play time isn’t just fun for cats, it’s necessary. It’s one of the ways they learn about the world, form bonds with us, and get mental and physical exercise. If your cat is tired at the end of the day, you know you’ve done a good job of keeping them stimulated. Playing with your cat can help reduce their anxiety, cut back destructive behavior, and improve your relationship.

Get Some New Toys

Maybe your kitty has lost a few toys to the black hole under the couch, or maybe a few of them are getting chewed, scratched, and worn out. Now is a good time to look for some new ones. You don’t even need to leave home to do it, as there are plenty of cat toys you can shop for online. Make sure you check user reviews, so you know that whatever products you get for your cat are safe and fun. If you don’t have money to blow on toys, there are also plenty of household objects that you can use as cat toys, too, so long as you make sure they are safe to play with. The right toys will provide your cat with plenty of mental and physical exercises that will tire them out and keep them happy.

Make More Cat Space

As much as you and your kitty love spending time together, most cats also appreciate having a safe space to retreat to when they need a break. Some cats love to climb up high to look out over their domain. If you have a kitty who loves to climb, consider getting a cat tree if you don’t already have one, or dedicate some space on your wall shelves so your cat can hop up. Boxes are also a great option for giving your cat some space. Cats love spending time in boxes, as it helps them feel secure and actually reduces their stress.

And, hey, if you don’t have a cat, now might be the perfect time to go out and adopt one of your own because what greater gift than the love of a cat, except maybe a dog – or better yet, volunteer at a local shelter. Your visit is sure to be a bright spot in a shelter cat’s day!