October is not just for dogs with National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and October 22 designated by Subaru as Make a Dog’s Day - cats have a few special days of their own this month. For example, National Feral Cat Day falls in October, and National Cat Day in the United States, which falls on October 29.
Why this special designation on that particular day? Founded by Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, who also founded National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Pet Day, this day celebrates cats and their importance in our lives. Rescues and shelters are encouraged to bring greater awareness of the need to adopt cats, and people are encouraged to showcase their furry feline friends with photos across social media.
The American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates more than 3.2 million cats and kittens enter U.S. shelters every year. Of that number, only about 5 percent of strays are reclaimed by their owners and more than 850,000 are euthanized. Many live out their lives at no-kill shelters. There is greater need for increased cat adoption.
The end of October is often a scary time for cats and other pets, especially for those left outdoors. Halloween brings out a lot of spookiness, including threats to black cats. Some statistics show an increase in animal cruelty during this time of year, and because black cats are surrounded by myth and superstition, companion animal groups caution pet owners to keep their cats (and dogs) secure during Halloween. Whereas some countries and cultures view black cats as “bad,” others feel the opposite. In fact, England and Scotland are known
to see black cats as lucky instead of unlucky.
No matter what type of pet you have, keeping your beloved furry friend safe is key during Halloween. Just opening the door for trick-or-treaters can cause your pet to run out the door. Therefore, keep your pet in a secure room while dishing out candy. Sweet treats eaten by dogs and cats can cause healthy
issues; therefore, put the yummy treats out of reach of your pets. For more Halloween safety tips, visit this ASPCA web page: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/halloween-safety-tips.
October is not only a time to keep your animals safe, but also a time to celebrate the joy dogs and cats give us. These special days and months should help us remember the amazing ways companion animals impact our lives and give us reason to honor and celebrate them each and every month and day. Spoil your pet in a special way today … and remember to keep them safe!