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It’s a purrfect day to celebrate your kitties

Cynthia Smith sits in her favorite flower pot on her front porch.
Cynthia Smith sits in her favorite flower pot on her front porch. tmsmith@sunherald.com

Aug. 8 — that’s today — is International Cat Day. Of course, any cat parent would quickly tell you that in a feline’s mind, every day is Cat Day.

The day was set aside beginning in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an animal welfare organization based in Canada.

In case things get hairy for you today and you don’t get to celebrate your kitty, you can make it up to him or her on Feb. 17, when World Cat Day is celebrated in much of Europe. Russia observes World Cat Day on March 1.

Here are some fun cat facts, courtesy of Catster:

▪ A group of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of cats is called a clowder.

▪ Abraham Lincoln was a cat guy. He domesticated four cats while in the White House. Julius Caesar, Charles XI and Napoleon? Not so much. They were afraid of cats.

▪ Much like our fingerprints, each cat’s nose pad, or nose leather, is unique.

▪ In 2015, there were 73 million cats and 63 million dogs in North American homes.

▪ No, your cat isn’t lazy. Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.

We’d love to see photos of your feline fur baby. If you want your cat featured in our online gallery, please post your photo in the comments. Please be sure to tell us the animal’s name and breed if pertinent.

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