As a big animal lover, I really try to respect all animals.  Especially the ones that we keep as house pets.   We really don't deserve them.  They give us unconditional love and companionship.  Today, those of us who have felines at home can celebrate.

It's National Cat Day!

Now I realize that for many, there are allergy concerns to owning one.  And they are a bit more independent that dogs.  You can leave them a clean and full water dish, a large cup of food and a clean litter box and they will be fine for a day or so.  For me, in my line of work, I have had to travel a bit and move from state to state, and many places don't always take dogs.  I grew up with dogs and cats in my homes ever since I was a kid.  But I am very lucky to have my feline companion with me for the past 11 years.  This is Apollo.  A re-homed tabby I got from a friend of mine who needed to find him a good home.

He has been with me through 7 different homes.  Make it 8 if you count his first owner.  You could say he is well traveled.  He talks, he purrs, he comforts me when I am stressed, and often will do what he needs to in order to get my attention, including greeting me when I come home from work.  I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are many studies that show that having a cat is therapeutic.  Back by science.  Click HERE for that article. And the Sedalia Animal Shelter has quite a few looking for forever homes.  Click HERE for a story on them. Please adopt and don't shop.  Click HERE for info on the Sedalia Animal Shelter.  Now I need to pick up more cat food.  Apollo is probably hungry.

Why do cats have whiskers? Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? And answers to 47 other kitty questions:

Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? Why do they have whiskers? Cats, and their undeniably adorable babies known as kittens, are mysterious creatures. Their larger relatives, after all, are some of the most mystical and lethal animals on the planet. Many questions related to domestic felines, however, have perfectly logical answers. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions related to kittens and cats, and the answers cat lovers are looking for.