"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Sigmund Freud
Cat lovers rejoice! Thursday 8th August marks the return of International Cat Day. Created in 2002 by the International Fund of Animal Welfare, the annual moggy-friendly holiday is a day to celebrate one of the world’s favourite pets.
Currently the most owned pet with an estimated global population between 200 and 600 billion, cats provide a number of scientifically-proven benefits, including improved health, wellbeing, and sleep.
They may appear to be simple creatures, but our furry friends have been shown to be great companions during difficult times. They say that dogs are a man's best friend, but it turns out that cats may be just as good of companions as their canine counterparts. Studies have shown that cat owners are more likely to show less physical symptoms of pain and move on more quickly after the loss of a loved one.
Cats can be entertaining as well as incredibly beneficial to your health. Felines have been shown to reduce the risk of certain illnesses, including heart disease in high-risk individuals. Studies also suggest that the calming sound of a cats purr or simply petting a cat can help lower stress levels, anxiety and even depression.
Not only do cats have a calming influence, but numerous UK studies have found that people prefer to sleep in the same room as their pet cats, with reports of better quality sleep as a result. It is thought that cats rhythmic breathing can help to sooth a busy mind and reduce night terrors as well as aiding us to drift off to sleep more quickly. However, cats are nocturnal animals by nature, so snoozing beside your furry friend may prove to be counterintuitive and disruptive to your typical sleeping pattern. In which case, this pocket coach will come in handy.
Being undeniably cute and offering a host of therapeutic qualities, it's no wonder cats are one of the most popular pets. Whether you're a cat owner or simply have a soft spot for felines, we've compiled the purr-fect list of our favourite ways to celebrate International Cat Day.
Why not learn more about the weird and wonderful ways of your beloved pet with Why Does My Cat Do That, or even make your own pop up cat or pet kittens? Or if you prefer something a bit more intricate, the Nanoblock Ragdoll Cat will keep you busy for hours! Another great way to celebrate is to play games that will stimulate your cat physically and mentally, and you won't be short of ideas with this one-stop guide.