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October 29 is National Cat Day
By Candace Runaas   
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Last edited: Sunday, November 25, 2007
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007

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An article to inform the public of a day created to celebrate and facilitate adoptions of cats.

Itís no coincidence that National Cat Day is celebrated only days before Halloween. Every year, people, especially children, look forward to an evening of costumed activities, which include trick-or-treating and playful practical jokes that will frighten and amuse neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, there are some individuals that will use Halloween as an excuse to harm others, and the most common victims are cats.

Every year in America and some European countries, our precious pets are put in danger, especially black cats, due to superstitions and legends that claim that black cats are bad luck. This misinformation stems from the belief that witches could transform themselves into cats to carry out evil deeds incognito during the night.

Today, sadistic individuals use these past occult references as an excuse to perform ritualistic torture and killing of our beloved domesticated feline friends.

Contrast this inexcusable behavior with the early Egyptians who worshiped cats, especially the black varieties, and would execute anyone who fatally harmed their feline deities. Far be it from us to suggest that we should take this approach now, however the fact remains that there are people out there who are interested in harming animals for reasons that we find reprehensible.

According to Jeannice Cain, board member of the Homeless Pet Placement League in Houston, Texas, their organization will not allow cat adoptions of the most at-risk cat breeds and types the week before Halloween, in order to protect them.

It is important to do what you can to protect your pets this season, also.

ē Keep your cats indoors as much as possible during the immediate weeks prior to Halloween.

ē While giving candy to trick-or-treaters, sequester your cat in a room with the door closed or place her in a pet crate to prevent her from running out the front door. If you donít want to confine your cat, you may want to invest in a baby gate to allow freedom while protecting her.

ē Be sure that all candies are kept out of your petís reach (especially chocolate, which is toxic to both cats and dogs).

ē For outdoor cats, if you must have them outdoors and they normally exit and enter through the front door, the increased visitor activity can make your cat uncomfortable and he may not want to approach the door. Leave a side door open for him, so that he can safely return home without fear.

National Cat Day, founded by Colleen Paige, is a day to promote adoption and celebrate our feline friends. Letís take pleasure in their day and encourage others to enjoy the uniqueness of cats and help to keep them safe and healthy. You can do your part by adopting a new furry friend. If adoption isn't possible, keep in mind that you can help just by donating $5 to your local shelter or offering to clean cages or just sit and play with a homeless cat for a while. While National Cat Day is a purrrrfect day to enjoy the cats in your life - every day is an opportunity to help animals in need.

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