Nationwide Cat Day | Naming the Days

We right here at Spirituality & Observe are nice cat lovers! Frederic and Mary Ann have fostered numerous cats by the years, discovering loving and nurturing properties for them. Others grew to become everlasting residents and members of the Brussat household. At present they stay with Rumi, a brown tabby Maine Coon, and Shams, a crimson and white tabby Maine Coon.

Rumi and Shams Brussat

Cats are our academics, companions, playmates, and a lot extra. What higher technique to have a good time them and all their feline family than with their very own special occasion (although they probably suppose each day is their day!), Nationwide Cat Day.

Based in 2005 by Colleen Paige, a pet and household way of life knowledgeable and animal behaviorist, National Cat Day helps to impress the general public “to acknowledge the variety of cats that must be rescued every year and in addition to encourage cat lovers to have a good time the cat(s) of their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.”

As Charles Dickens as soon as mused, “What higher present than the love of a cat?” In the present day cats might be present in 34% of American households, making them the preferred home pet in america. However there are some startling statistics in regards to the destiny of cats within the U.S.: “Estimates reveal that there are roughly 4 million cats getting into shelters yearly with 1 – 2 million being euthanized.” What a horrible waste of alternatives for the sharing of affection. Even if you cannot undertake a cat, you can also make a donation to a neighborhood rescue. Or you may volunteer to wash a cage or sit and play with a cat for some time. Who is aware of? You could simply fall in love!

Cats are masters of consideration and being current, however that is simply the tip of the tail of what they’ve to show us. In honor of those treasured companions, we now have gathered a few of our favourite assets that can assist you see all of the myriad items cats deliver to our lives.

To Title This Day:


  • “Having 5 cats round the home helps me don’t have any expectations. They don’t seem to be goal-fulfilling creatures in any human sense. There may be toddler can count on of a cat.”
    — Clarice Bryan in Expect Nothing
  • “The identical angle of relaxed gentleness is most fantastically seen if you watch cats climbing bushes. When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself. The cat turns into fully relaxed, and lands frivolously on the bottom. But when a cat have been about to fall out of a tree and out of the blue made up its thoughts that it did not wish to fall, it might turn into tense and inflexible, and can be only a bag of damaged bones upon touchdown. In the identical approach, it’s the philosophy of the Tao that we’re all falling off a tree, at each second of our lives. As a matter of reality, the second we have been born we have been kicked off a precipice and we’re falling, and there may be nothing that may cease it. So as an alternative of residing in a state of persistent pressure, and clinging to all kinds of issues which are really falling with us as a result of the entire world is impermanent, be like a cat. Do not resist it.”
    — Alan Watts in What is Tao?
  • “The love we give to a pet, and obtain from a pet, can draw us extra deeply into the bigger circle of life, into the surprise of our frequent relationship to our Creator.”
    — Kevin E. Mackin in Blessing the Animals by Lynn L. Caruso
  • “With my cats, I’m studying the lesson of the sufficiency of the second. No yesterday, no tomorrow, solely the magic of as we speak, of this single instantaneous. No regret, no remorse, no craving, simply the play of now.”
    — Jeffrey Masson in The Spirit of Silence by John Lane
  • “Cats, particularly, educate us to be ourselves, regardless of the odds. A cat, besides by drive, won’t ever do something that goes towards its nature. Nothing seduces it away from itself. Ponder methods we are able to strengthen our resolve to stay our lives as who we actually are. See the sweetness, as an example, in foregoing an ‘vital’ assembly or gala occasions in favor of a heat fireplace at residence and a restorative nap. What makes us purr with contentment? Discover it and let it, simply, discover you.”
    — Alice Walker in We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
  • “Brother David Steindl-Rast says that something we do with an entire coronary heart is prayer. By the use of instance, he recommends that should you come residence from a protracted day too drained to say an Workplace, to wish a bathe. Additionally to be prayed are gardens, walks, thunderstorms, conversations with cats and different creatures — any consciousness or motion that engages the core of stillness wherein our hearts discover wholeness.”
    — Maggie Ross in The Fire of Your Life


  • Cat Sense by John Bradshaw affords a mixture of fascinating historical past about cats and useful strategies for caring for these unbiased animal companions.
  • Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell is a celebration in phrases and illustrations of canine and cats as religious academics of stillness, pleasure, and being current.
  • The Karma of Cats edited by Diana Ventimiglia is a superb assortment of tales by religious academics illustrating their appreciation of their cats’ roles of their lives. See the excerpt for Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s essay on what they realized about respect and authenticity from residing in a family of ten rescue cats.
  • The Soul of All Living Creatures by Vint Virga is an intriguing guide in regards to the connections between animals and people.
  • Zen Cat by Judith Alder and Paul Coughlin comprises quotations matched with footage of cats and kittens.

Kids’s Books

  • Captain Cat by Inga Moore is a rousing story of journey, cats, and greed primarily based on an previous Italian story.
  • The Cat with Seven Names by Tony Johnston is a couple of gregarious and wandering cat who visits six lonely individuals in his neighborhood and turns into their dependable companion.
  • The Coconut Monk by Thich Nhat Hanh is ready in Vietnam and fashions the trail of peace and nonviolence by the instance of his two animal companions, a cat and a mouse.
  • Homer, the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh recounts the hunt of a cat who lives in a quiet home with a quiet girl to seek out one other place in his city the place silence is appreciated.
  • I Am Tama, Lucky Cat by Wendy Henrichs is about an lovely cat who in return for a monk’s kindness brings success to the temple.
  • Moo Kitty Finds a Home by Valerie Lee Veltre is a heart-touching story about an deserted cat and his quest to discover a new residence.
  • When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey takes a visit with cats into their dream world.

Ebook Excerpts

  • In Getting Older Higher Pamela Blair affords new vistas for girls over fifty. Right here is an excerpt on love and the way she turns to her cats for bodily consolation when her husband travels.
  • Kim Rosen’s Saved by a Poem is an astonishing presentation of the transformational energy of poetry. Here is a poem by Jane Hirshfield wherein a cat is saluted for with the ability to stay “amid the good vanishing.”
  • Caryll Houselander (1901-1954), a Catholic author, artist and visionary, affords what she learns about faith and prayer from her cat on this assortment of her Important Writings.


  • Puss in Boots is a razzle-dazzle animated characteristic about an outlaw cat who dances flamenco; he is a survivor in a position to deal with all challenges earlier than him.
  • The Rabbi’s Cat is a French animated movie in regards to the uncommon quest of a rabbi, a skeikh, and a speaking cat to find the important unity of life.
  • When the Cat’s Away is an irresistibly charming movie in regards to the magical and stunning methods wherein group is created in giant cities.

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