We talked about Japanese National Cat Day in the last blog post. Did you know that Cat Day exists not only in Japan but also in many other countries around the world?
International - August 8th
It was established in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a global animal welfare organization. It's a day to pledge to provide a safe life for cats while deepening the friendship between humans and cats.
U.S.A. - October 29th
Cat Day in the United States is October 29th. There are also many other cat-related anniversaries, such as Hug a Cat Day on June 4th and Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17th.
Italy - February 17th
In 1990, a magazine specializing in cats picked February 17th as the Cat Day by readers' vote; the date was chosen because February is said to be "the month of cats and witches" in Italy, among other reasons.
Russia - March 1st
A museum in Moscow dedicated to cats has selected March 1st as Cat Day. Russia is home to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's three major museums, and approximately 60 or more cats are recognized as mouse keepers at this world-famous museum. From this fact, it can be said that there are many cat lovers in Russia.
U.K. - August 8th
In the United Kingdom, August 8, the same day as World Cat Day, is designated as Cat Day. On this day, Cat Protection, a non-profit organization in the UK, holds the National Cat Awards to honor cats that have made a splash that year. The side stories of the cats honored are all very touching. They are sure to make you smile.
Taiwan - April 4th
A private organization, the Cat Loving Friendship Association, established April 4th as Cat Day through a vote.
The fact that there are different kinds of Cat Day all over the world shows that cats are loved and cherished!
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