It’s International Cat Day!

Yes, August 8 is International Cat Day, except in parts of Europe and Russia, where it’s celebrated in March and February, respectively. You can see a bunch of cat-related tweets at the two hashtag sites, #internationalcatday and #InternationalCatDay on Twitter. The BBC has a short announcement with a video and a poll, and the cats are cleaning up at the poll (click on screenshot):

Bustle has some Instagram captions with puns, which aren’t all that funny, so it’s better to look at a few tweets. I’ve chosen a few for you:

An oldie but a goodie:

Taylor Swift’s cats are in on it:

and one more geology/cat tweet:

Be sure to give your moggie extra fusses and treats today, mindful of this quote from Terry Pratchett (via reader Paul):

h/t: Grania, Dom

 

19 Comments

  1. George
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I am surprised that PCC(e) does not mention a cat much closer to home. I am talking about Quasimodo Rockefeller, the official cat of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. You can read an interview with Modo here. And an instagram post with his pic here. Yes, stuffed Modos are available.

  2. yazikus
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Cats are delightful. Near my region, a serial cat murderer is on the loose. I think they have a fund to raise for a reward, if anyone is inclined to google it. They’ve told people to keep all pets inside if possible, as I think the count is up to nine. Terrible stuff. Luckily, my cats are indoor cats.

    • busterggi
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Two years ago that happened in my neighborhood, my can The Gef was killed and Beast was wounded. I set up posters warning everyone for several blocks.

      The cops were useless, never even returned my call. Bastard prolly graduated to serial killer of people by now.

      • yazikus
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I’m sorry for your loss. I don’t understand it at all. This one has picked up more attention because of how the person is going about it. Catnapping them at night, taking them elsewhere and then leaving them displayed where the public can find them. I’m hesitant to post the details of what he/they does/do, but it is grisly and cruel.

    • Posted August 9, 2018 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      There were stories in London of a cat killer who was cutting off their heads – it seems however that it is almost certainly foxes, who are not very strong-jawed & so often chew at extremities like heads/tails.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    In honor of the day we got Bumper to the vet yesterday for all shots and teeth cleaning. That was an all day event. The other cat had the same about a month ago. Pretty costly but something that must be done.

  4. Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy International Cat Day is on my birthday. (No greetings, please.) Of your 56K subscribers, there should be about 150 others who share this luck.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      My birthday is International Humanist Day, which I think is pretty cool, but International Cat Day is better!

  5. barn owl
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    The natural history illustration is charming, but is it like the “impossible bouquet” works of Dutch painters, i.e. an “impossible litter of kittens?” Clearly, I should know more about the genetics of cat coat colors and markings!

  6. Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, August 8 is International Cat Day, except in parts of Europe and Russia, where it’s celebrated in March and February, respectively.

    Maybe I’m missing something but surely the point of having an international day for something is so that everyone can celebrate it at the same time?

    If we can’t agree on when to celebrate cats how can we hope to tackle climate change? Honestly, trying to get countries to coordinate their activities is like herding something notorious for being difficult to herd.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      There are only two countries in the world that aren’t that aren’t signed up to the Paris Accord on Climate Change – Venezuela, because they don’t think it’s tough enough, and the US, because Trump pulled the US out. So, we’re doing better on climate change!

      The US Republican Party is the ONLY major political party IN THE WORLD that doesn’t accept that climate change is a problem. They used to, but not any more. I’ll try and link this without embedding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Q8Nm4ksVU

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 9, 2018 at 1:32 am | Permalink

        I wonder if the Rethuglicans have even noticed what’s happening in California?

        If the fires are going to happen, better in the US than anywhere else, I suppose. If it were only possible to magically ensure that only Republicans got scorched, that would be even better. I wonder how much it will take for them to pull their heads out of the sand?

        cr

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

          I wonder how much it will take for them to pull their heads out of the sand?

          As always, too much.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted August 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

          I’m thinking of creating a few fake quatrains by Nostradamus plus pointing out to the Evangelicals how unhappy God must be at them for electing Trump given all the natural disasters He’s created since the election. Fire, floods, hurricanes, red tides etc. It’s time they took notice of the “signs.”

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:36 am | Permalink

      International Cat Day absolutely does not matter. If it gets celebrated, or if it doesn’t, nothing different will happen to cats or anything else.

      So comparing that with climate change is really a non sequitur.

      cr

  7. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    “Yay”! Apparently Sweden celebrates today [ https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-08-08/det-ar-internationella-kattdagen-skicka-in-din-basta ].

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    On August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens, a black man, won his fourth gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This greatly angered Hitler, who thought that Aryans should win.

    Jesse won his fourth gold medal in the 4X100 meter relays — but only because the crypto-fascist US Olympic Committee chairman, Avery Brundage, inserted him and another US sprinter, Ralph Metcalfe, to run in the stead of the US team’s only two Jewish athletes, Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman (who went on to have a celebrated career as a sports broadcaster), so as not to offend der Führer.

    That still frosts my ass every time I think about it.

  9. Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    The two cats poems are by Frank Sterle Jr


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