International Cat Day is dedicated to a librarian’s best friend, our furry hot water bottles and companions, cats! It is a day for pampering your own cat or even the neighbourhood ones and recognising the impact they have made on our own lives and society as one of the most popular pets in the world. Not only have cats been loving pets for many a millennium, the Ancient Egyptians worshipped our feline friends, they have also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve mental health, yay cats!
To spur on your own worship of cats today, here are some interesting kitty facts –
- A group of kittens is called a kindle, because book lovers needed another reason to love kittens! A group of cats is called a clowder.
- Cats have been to space! The first cat to be such a high achiever was Felicette in 1963. Her name is French for Astrocat.
- Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, talk about purring machines.
- A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly or a Queen which sounds about right!
- When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut, awwww!
QUT Library has lots of cat related resources including online movies and documentaries. So if you’re feeling the love for cats why not watch The Cat Returns, an anime that takes you into the fantastical world of cats. Or if you want to learn more about our furry companions have a look at The Secret Life of Cats. You can find more cat videos by searching for “cats” in the How to find – Videos and DVDs search box.
So make sure you stock up catnip and string and bust out your best cat sweater or cats eye sunglasses because Monday 8th August is all about cats! And, if you’re a dog lover, don’t get catty, National Dog day is just around the corner on August 26th.