KEY POINTS

  • International Fund for Animal Welfare created this day in 2002
  • The day was created to raise awareness for the felines
  • It is celebrated annually on Aug.8

International Cat Day is celebrated annually on Aug. 8 to appreciate the four-legged furry friends.

International Fund for Animal Welfare, an animal welfare and conservation charity, created this day in 2002 in order to raise awareness for the felines. Since then, cat lovers around the world have been celebrating the day by flooding social media with adorable photos and videos of their pets.

Here are quotes about felines from  Good Reads and Cat Times:

  • "A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." — Ernest Hemingway
  • "A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings." — William Ralph Inge
  • "Cats are the runes of beauty, invincibility, wonder, pride, freedom, coldness, self-sufficiency, and dainty individuality - the qualities of sensitive, enlightened, mentally developed, pagan, cynical, poetic, philosophic, dispassionate, reserved, independent, Nietzschean, unbroken, civilized, master-class men." — H. P. Lovecraft
  • "Cats are anthropomorphized in art because they are so laid back that you automatically attribute human thoughts and feelings to them." — Jim Davis

  • "Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." — Mark Twain
  • "As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind." — Cleveland Amory
  • "Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." — Walter Lionel George
  • "Cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people that it is often hard to tell the people and the cats apart." — P.J. O’Rourke
  • "The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be." — Elizabeth Peters
  • "I've found that the way a person feels about cats-and the way they feel about him or her in return-is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person's character." — P.C. Cast

kittens This is a representational image showing five kittens in a lane of a residential complex in Shanghai, China, May 28, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Johannes Eisele