October 16 is National Feral Cat Day. On this day, all cats are celebrated, regardless of their breed. Wild cats are stigmatized, but this holiday is designed to change our attitude towards cute stray cats.
In 2001, Alley Cat Allies turned 10 years old when they held the first National Feral Cat Day to raise awareness about how to properly care for feral cats. ASA adheres to the policy of “Trap-Castration-Return” – they catch a homeless animal, deliver it to a veterinary clinic, where it is sterilized and returned to the street.
It is generally accepted that the distribution of cats went from Egypt. Thanks to traders, they came to Europe and Asia to control the rat population. Later, the Roman army brought them to Britain, and so the cats continued to spread to different countries with the help of sailors and settlers.
In the US, about 146 million cats are feral or stray. Every day, the cat and dog population increases by about 70 kittens and puppies, and we will never have enough homes to house them all.
- in 2000 BC cats from Egypt begin to spread around the world;
- in 300 BC already the Roman Empire, capturing new territories in Europe, thereby increasing the population of cats;
- in the 1700s, wild cats spread throughout the world.
How to celebrate
On National Feral Cat Day, you can take part in the Trap-Castration-Return event. Capture a stray cat and take it to the veterinarian for neutering or spaying and then release it. This ensures the safety of the cat and deters the population of feral cats. Have you ever wanted to have a furry friend at home? This holiday is the perfect time to do it. Visit the nearest shelter and adopt the kitten you like.
When is National Feral Cat Day celebrated in 2022?
National Feral Cat Day is observed on October 16 each year.