National Cat Day is Today – But We Might Be Having a Whole Cat Year

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Did you know its National Cat Day?

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t. I didn’t know it was, either — which is a really strange thing to admit as a cat mom to three adorable kitty babes.

While October 29th is the purr-fect day to give extra attention to your feline friends, I think most of us are currently in the middle of a whole Cat Year.

Many of us Americans are spending a lot more time at home amid the pandemic. Many kids attending school virtually, millions of adults are working from home, and we’re all still trying to avoid large crowds. That means we’re binging plenty of Netflix, sure, but it’s also excellent news for our pets. We’re all spending a lot more time with our furry (and sometimes not-so-furry) friends.

Survey Shows Pet-Related Spending Has Increased for Many Americans

And while the pandemic has put a big damper on spending for many, there’s one thing that American’s aren’t skimping on: our pets.

According to a new survey done by LendingTree, pet owners are willing to splurge on their companions. More than a third of pet owners admitted that they have increased their pet-related spending since the pandemic began. About 49 percent say that their pet-related spending has stayed the same. Only 17 percent are spending less.

Having pets at home is making isolation a lot more tolerable for many. I guess pet owners are just looking for ways to say “thank you” for all that extra love.

National Cat Day Origins

National Cat Day was originally established to bring awareness to the number of cats in that need to be rescued each year. About 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year. Of those, about 3.4 million are cats.

Luckily for all those shelter kitties, 2020 has seen a big increase in pet adoptions. Animal rescues, from open-admission shelters to smaller nonprofit groups alike, have seen a spike in interest in both adoption and fostering. We can chalk it up to — again — all those people stuck at home.

If you’re considering adopting a new kitty, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans are thinking about getting another pet, according to LendingTree’s survey. Don’t tell the cats that this number also includes dogs.

National Cat Day is, of course, also a great time for cat lovers to simply celebrate the feline friends in their lives. Say thanks for all that unconditional love and companionship with a few extra treats today.