Are you kitten me? Here are some ways to celebrate National Cat Day

Cats spend nearly a third of their lives cleaning themselves

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Stop the presses! (or at least the tiny cat paw kneads) Saturday, Oct. 29 is National Cat Day.

Whether you have a tabby, a calico, a tuxedo or black cat, this is the day we celebrate these odd, little, purrrrrfect creatures that do as they please.

It’s their world, we’re just living in it – and cleaning up after them – mostly things the little lovable weirdos knock over for no doggone reason.

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I say this as a man who has had Cat Scratch Disease, or cat scratch fever, and who still owns two cats. Yes, it’s a real thing – no, it is not fun – and yes it is also a song by Ted Nugent.

Anyways, like I was saying, there’s Siamese cats, Manx cats, Maine Coone cats, Persian cats, Savannah cats, Sphynx hairless cats, Siberian cats, Peterbald cats. That’s about it – Actually, there are many more cat breeds, I just wanted an opportunity to drop a random Forrest Gump reference.

So, we know cats are weird and great. There are a number of ways you can help out on National Cat Day:

  • You can donate money, food, blankets or toys to your local shelter.
  • Adopt from your local shelter or pet adoption organization instead of spending thousands on a fancy purebred cat.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by spaying and neutering your cat – don’t make Bob Barker come find you.
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  • Keep your cat’s veterinarian’s records up-to-date and have your cat microchipped or get your cat a collar with a tag to in case they get lost.

There are no shortage of shelters or animal rescues in Central Florida, including:

OK, let’s drop some random cat knowledge to share with your friends on your next cat trivia night, if that’s a thing you do:

  • Cats have nearly twice the amount of neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.
  • Cats walk like camels and giraffes: They move both of their right feet first, then move both of their left feet. No other animals walk this way.
  • Cats first went to space in 1963.
  • Cats can’t taste sweets.
  • They are far-sighted
  • When is National Cat Day? Duh, It’ October 29.
  • A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
  • 94.2 million cats are kept as pets in the U.S.
  • Cats spend nearly a third of their lives cleaning themselves.

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Jacob joined in 2022. He spent 19 years at the Orlando Sentinel, mostly as a photojournalist and video journalist, before joining Spectrum News 13 as a web editor and digital journalist in 2021.