December is full of celebration. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas are a few of the holidays we recognize this month, but did you know December is also National Cat Lover’s Month?
During National Cat Lover’s Month, we honor the beauty, smarts and sass of our feline friends. Evidence suggests that cats were domesticated more than 9,500 years ago, and according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 25 percent of households are home to a cat. Cats are one of the most popular pets for many reasons – not only are they quiet, independent and usually require less maintenance than other pets, but they are also great companions. Cats can sense when you need comfort and are proven to reduce anxiety and stress levels. People form deep, intimate bonds with these sleek creatures who provide a lifetime of love and affection.
Tragically, cat overpopulation remains an issue, and more than three million cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year. Cats also have higher euthanasia rates than dogs, and approximately 850,000 cats are euthanized each year because they can’t find their forever homes. This National Cat Lover’s Month, we call on you to adopt a cat in need from your local animal shelter. You can be a hero and save a life, providing a sweet cat with their purrrfect home.
If you already have a cat, use this month to give yourself the gift of time with your cat companion. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be hard to carve out time to spend with those you love, so take some extra precious moments with your special furry friend.
If you are not able to take on the responsibility of a new pet, or a cat is just not right for you, that’s okay! December is also the traditional month of giving, and as the days grow colder and the nights get longer, now is the time when homeless and neglected animals need us most. You can celebrate National Cat Lover’s Month by making a gift to American Humane, in turn supporting all our lifesaving programs and making an impact for many frightened, abandoned and neglected animals who desperately need our help.