Very Important Holiday Today, Folks...
It's World Cat Day!
I shall celebrate my cat.
Ranga is happy, especially when he is attacking his feather toy, or carrying his catnip mouse throughout the house by its tail. I've even caught him napping a few times snuggled up with his toys. He purrs constantly! Unless he's alone - then he meows to find us. This is only a problem at night, when we're trying to sleep. When I'm home, Ranga follows me around the house.
We put a collar on him yesterday. He wasn't too happy about the actual "putting the collar on" part, but didn't try to pull it off after it was on, either. I think I'll pick up a harness and lead and try to leash train him.
He was a stray, apparently, before getting picked up by the St. Charles Animal Shelter, and we adopted him through PetSmart. If you're looking to adopt a cat, I do recommend adopting a shelter animal through PetSmart - they were wonderful to work with! (If you're looking to adopt a dog - if you're that type of person - I suppose the same recommendation holds.)
There are lots of ways to celebrate World Cat Day. The international holiday, celebrating the world's most popular pet, was founded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, among other animal rights groups. The IFAW reminds us this year that getting pregnant doesn't mean getting rid of your cat.
As Netizens, I'm sure you can all think of more than a few on your own. But here are some great, really cute links, in case you're feeling lazy.
- World Cat Day 2014: The Best Cartoon Cats Ever
- World Cat Day: Pancake Snuggles Between His Protectors
- Happy World Cat Day 2014!
- World Cat Day GIFS: August 8, 2014
While you're at it, if you want a soppy moment, read The cat with 17 lives. You can also tell BlogHer's Melissa Ford about your own cat while checking out her link list of cat lovers' blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and more.
Story-wise, I recommend Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams - it's one of the books I read every year. If you've read that one and like it, try Gabriel King's The Wild Road. If you're less of a fantasy person, and prefer mysteries, I recommend Lillian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who series and/or Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy Mystery series. If you're a little kid (or like to read like one), check out Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner; or, if you're a little older than that, Swicky highly recommends Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's The Familiars.
- Libraries, Books, & Authors
- U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness
- Hay-on-Wye, the National Book Town of Wales
- Whistles and drums at 10-year-old's protest against Falmouth library cuts
- Aug 8, 1818: Keats returns from walking tour
- The Tale of The Dueling Neurosurgeons Will Teach You Gross Things
- Brunswick County Superintendent Stands Behind Part-Time Indian
- Parents Fume Over Smoking Scarecrow This is hilarious - parents want to remove this book from sale because it shows a scarecrow smoking, despite the fact that the smoking is portrayed entirely and emphatically negatively.
- Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon
- J.K. Rowling Sends a Letter Written by Dumbledore to 15-Year-Old Survivor of Texas Shooting
- This review of Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members - "A funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation" - really sells the book for me!
- If anyone's still wondering what to get me for Christmas: Amazing THE SANDMAN OMNIBUS SILVER EDITION Now Available from CBLDF!
- Net & Tech
- Hitchhiking Robot Treks Across Canada
- Facebook Crosses The Line With New Facebook Messenger App
- Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers
- Louisiana among slowest Internet speeds in the world, report says
- Watch video that has New Jersey cop under investigation for comments about Obama The entire story is pretty ridiculous - this poor family!
- Police fatally shoot man holding an air rifle in Walmart toy aisle
- US military launches airstrikes on terror targets in Iraq
- Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History
- Warning: Spoilers! Doctor Who’s ‘Deep Breath’: The 2,000-Year-Old Time Lord Grows Up I don't know how I feel about this - I don't know what Doctor Who will be like if it's not campy good fun... Related: What If Doctor Who Became A Saturday Morning Cartoon? I would watch it. Every Saturday morning. With a big bowl of cereal, in my pajamas. I would be the happiest.