Today is All-American Pet Photo Day! Pet holidays are my second favorite type of holiday (behind tasty food ones, of course) and lucky for me there are bunches of them.
I’m including a couple of pictures of my cats to celebrate. We adopted these from a rescue organization last winter and have just fallen in love with them.
We have had pets before, another set of cats and a dog, who lived long, very loved lives as part of our family before passing away, but I have never had pets that I doted on quite this much. I hadn’t really been able to figure out why, but my son offered a great insight. He said that our other pets were like our children and now this set is like our grandchildren.
This is so true! Our other pets were just worked into the fabric of all the crazy things that went on in our lives as part of raising our family. And I feel busy now, but it’s a different kind of busy, not the frantic rush to get kids off to school, homework, and lunches made every day.
I’m much more patient with these cats and go out of my way to indulge and pamper them. Even though they are our own and not our kids’ pets, they do get treated like grand cats (and as you can see, they look totally spoiled).
I can’t wait to check out #allamericanpetphotoday and see everyone else’s fur babies!
I tried to find out the origins of this day, but couldn’t find much information, just typical calls to love on your kitty. But let’s be honest, I don’t think most cats want to be hugged, especially in response to an arbitrary holiday.
A quick scan through Pinterest images for Hug Your Cat Day confirms I’m right, most the pictures show very enthusiastic owners and tolerant (if not downright hostile) kitties.
One of my cats, Mia, is very particular about whether she will even allow us to pet her, so I think she is a definite “no” for hugging. The other one, Max, can be very cuddly and snuggly, but only when he’s ready.
My entire family is introverted and I think that’s why cats work better for us. We understand the need for affection on our terms and the desire for solitude.
I was really excited to discover that Saturday was National Dog’s Mom Day, BUT my enthusiasm was dimmed slightly when I realized that cat moms, turtle moms, and other animal loving moms don’t have special days too. What? Where can I file a complaint? I vote for a name change- Saturday should be renamed National Pet’s Mom Day. Or at the very least, we should show them some extra special love to them on Sunday when we’re honoring all the rest of the mommas.
I’m sure my kitties, Max and Mia, will come up with something extra for me (I just hope it’s not one of their special litter box creations!)