International Cat Day confirms one thing — we have loved our cats since the beginning of time — or close to it. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to harness the glory of the feline. Nearly 4,000 years ago, they domesticated our four-legged friends by keeping them near food stores. (This helped control vermin and other pests.) Cats quickly earned a reputation as great hunters, and later, Egyptians worshipped them as gods. The International Fund for Animal Welfare, with headquarters in Washington, DC, created the day back in 2002. For International Cat Day on August 8, we celebrate one of humanity’s most ancient pets. Of course, if you’re a cat owner, you know that everyday is International Cat Day. They’re not about to let us forget.

 

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