Caturday posts are a delight to many using social media today. The hashtag is trending on Twitter much to the delight of feline fans. But what exactly is Caturday, how did it come about and how can you take part?
What is Caturday?
Caturday is the colloquial term used to describe today, which is also known as International Cat Day.
August 8 celebrates International Cat Day each year and sees cat owners and lovers pay homage to their feline friends.
This special day began in 2002, created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and other animal rights groups to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.
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The Ecology Global Network estimates that there are about 600 million small cats in the world, including feline pets, strays, homeless and feral cats.
Worldwide, there are an estimated 100m wild cats.
In total, 50 percent of UK adults own a pet according to The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
The PDSA said 24 percent of UK adults have a cat, with an estimated population of 10.9 million pet cats.
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How can you celebrate Caturday?
People across the globe are celebrating Caturday on social media.
Many tweet memes, videos and pictures of their pets’ crazy antics using the hashtag #Caturday or #InternationalCatDay.
Normally, many cat fans choose to celebrate International Cat Day by volunteering at a cat rescue centre or by donating food and blankets.
However, volunteering has been disrupted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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One nationally renowned cat kicked off their retirement this Caturday, the Foreign Office cat Palmerston.
This week the Foreign Office announced Palmerston is to step down after four years.
Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under-secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has a mug that reads: “My cat has more followers than me!”
A letter written in Palmerston’s name to Sir Simon said that he would like to spend more time “away from the limelight”.
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In the letter, the cat announced his retirement after enjoying “working from home” during the pandemic.
The letter read: “I have found life away from the front line relaxed, quieter and easier.”
Sir Simon responded to Palmerston’s letter on Twitter, where he said everyone at the Foreign Office will miss him.
He wrote: “In 2016 Palmerston arrived from Battersea, mouser and social media phenomenon.
“After four and a half happy years he retires at the end of August: he’s enjoyed lockdown life in the countryside so much he’s decided to stay.”
Several social media users have taken to Twitter and other platforms to share images of their beloved pets.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home tweeted: “This #InternationalCatDay. we’re taking some time to spoil our favourite felines (even more than usual Winking face).
“Share a photo of your pet cat below, and help spread the joy!
“Smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes.”