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Every day (but especially today) is the day to respect your feline companions

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Happy National Respect Your Cat Day! We know you respect your kitties every SINGLE day, but why not put in a little extra lovin' today?

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 28/03/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:50

Why is there a day for this?

Well, cats are one of our most beloved furry companions. They come only second to dogs as our favourite pets, making up 26% of pet-owning households in the UK. There are an estimated 11 million cats living in the UK as we speak.

In a recent survey, 64% of people declared they would prefer to spend an evening with their cats rather than with their SO’s…understandable…the snoring isn’t as loud!

Oh my Dog!...uhh…Cat!

But what else is it that we love about cats? Other than being quieter sleepers, they’re also hilarious and are a constant source of entertainment. They are playful, inquisitive, and can be very affectionate too! They’re also more independent than dogs, which is what draws a lot of pet owners to them. 

We all know of the Egyptians veneering cats in their ancient culture. They worshipped a Cat Goddess called Bastet and were severely punished if they ever dared harm a cat. 
Well there’s no reason that veneration should not endure, especially on a day made especially for this purpose!  

So how can you celebrate?

1.    Cuddle your cat

81% of cat owners surveyed said they show their cats respect by petting them. So make sure you take the time to do this today. You know how far a little TLC can go.

2.    Get your cat a new toy

16% of cat owners surveyed will do this to show their cat respect. Why not refill the catnip mouse, get a brand-new scratching post to replace the old one, or get a cat tree for the living room? Spoil your kitty.

3.    Play a game with your cat

Why not have your kitty chase a ribbon today? Or play peek-a-boo behind the curtain? Unpopular opinion, but cats love to spend time with their humans too!

It’s important to have a day for our favourite felines – to honour their greatness, to remember why we love them so, and to thank them for being such an integral part of our lives. So go find your kitty now, and give him a nice good scratch behind the ear! Here are a few cats that are definitely getting the royal treatment today:


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