Who doesn't love a cute, cuddly kitten? That's why July 10 is National Kitten Day. Kittens are little balls of energy and love, but unfortunately, there is an issue of cat overpopulation, and many kittens never find loving homes and end up in shelters or on the streets. National Kitten Day raises awareness about the benefits of having kittens and encourages people to adopt them.
Like many other pet holidays in the United States, National Kitten Day was founded by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, Colleen Paige. Colleen's goal with this day is to show people that kittens can bring magic and joy to people's lives.
The Benefits of having a Kitten
There are few people in the world who don't like looking at photos of kittens. They are cute and instantly make us feel better. And studies actually show that people who take a break from work to look at pictures of kittens are more productive!
So the benefits of having a kitten are even bigger! They not only help with your mental health, but they also improve your overall health by reducing stress and improving your mood, which reduces blood pressure and the risks of heart attack, for example. Owning a kitten is also great for children, as it instills them with a sense of responsibility, and helps them be more empathetic. Children who grow up with pets are also less likely to have allergies.
Why Adopting a Kitten is the way to go
It is estimated that 4 million cats enter shelters every day in America, and unfortunately, not all of those are no-kill shelters, which means that a big percentage of those cats are euthanized. At the same time, many cat breeders are only looking to make a profit, and practice unethical breeding techniques.
If you are able to, consider adopting a cat on National Kitten Day, or if you can't own a cat long term, you can register as a foster family with a local shelter, which means that you give cats a temporary home and help shelters with being overfilled.
By adopting a kitten, you are giving a pet a home, and all the love that they need and deserve. In return, you have a friend for life. Shelters have a huge variety of kittens that need a new home, so you are sure to find your future best friend in there.
What to do on National Kitten Day
The best thing to do on this holiday is to adopt or foster a kitten. However, if you're not able to do so, you can always volunteer at your local shelter and help socialize the kittens that arrive there every day.
If you already have cats, this day is the perfect reminder to make sure that their vaccines and check-ups are all up to date and to spay and neuter your cats if you haven't yet.