August 8 is International Cat Day! Also known as World Cat Day, it's a holiday created to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for their safety and well-being.
Of all the domesticated animals we keep as pets, cats elicit the most definitive response—love ‘em or leave ‘em. With a hint of their wild origins, they are never completely domesticated. Felines are capricious, inscrutable, beautiful and nimble acrobats. Their behavior and even physiology can be inconsistent. Cat lovers find all of this irresistible.
For those of us that already know and love cats, we will probably give our kitties an extra cuddle, but for those who don't, it's a good day to look into volunteering with a shelter, helping them get rescued, healed, spayed or neutered, fostered and adopted.
Your library card makes it possible to check out hundreds of books and other materials for free, including books written for and about cats. It is up to you, dear reader, to decide if you like any of them. If you don’t like something, then drop it—in the book drop, or remove from your e-reader. Los Angeles Public Library has many more books that will make you want to read on and on.