Since 2002, August 8 has been celebrated as International Cat Day. Cats are the world's most popular pets, and it's estimated that 500 million of them live in homes around the world. Their owners will tell you that cats can help to relieve stress and tension, and that they're just fun to have around. We celebrate the day with three cat-related items from our collection.
|Most of us have seen at least a few moments from a dog show, but show competitions for cats are less common. Those who take part in them, though, are just as dedicated to pampering, grooming, and training their cats. The hour-long documentary Show Cats offers a look behind the scenes at the work that goes into making these cats their loveliest to impress the judges. Show Cats is available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|In the 1942 horror classic Cat People, a young woman believes that she is descended from the cat people of her eastern European village, and that she will turn into a ferocious panther at moments of extreme emotion. The film originally received mixed reviews, but has grown in stature over the years; it was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993. Cat People is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who... mystery series began with three novels in the late 1960s. Braun didn't publish a fourth book until 1986, but from that point on, she added a new volume to the series almost every year until the 29th volume ended the series. The main characters are crime reporter Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cat Koko, who seems to have a sixth sense about murder, and often helps Qwill find the most important clues. The series began with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, which is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|