Oh boy, do some Americans love their cats, and the numbers are growing. Between 74 and 96 million cats are "owned" in the United States and we hope that number continues to grow.
Cat lovers spend millions upon millions of dollars on their beloved felines every year. National Cat Day was designated as the official day to celebrate this love, passion and obsession for cats. Pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige originated this day to shed light on this special bond and bring attention to cats in need.
This day is extra special to me and other cat advocates because we know too well that cats are the forgotten ones in our society. For over a thousand years, cats have been discarded, mistreated and were the scapegoats for humans to blame everything on. It's about time this changed.
In California shelters, the average live-release rate is less than 29 percent. That means that 71 percent of cats do not leave the shelters alive. Many of these cats who do not leave the shelters alive are kittens under eight weeks of age. This is when most kittens are considered un-weaned. Yes, your beautiful, fluffy, sweet purr bunnies are killed due to no fault of their own. That's a crime if you ask me, and sadly, a majority of the public is not aware of this.