National Cat Day 2013: Oct. 29 dedicated to raising awareness about, adopting nation's shelter cats

Cat lovers, unite!

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, feline fans across the country (and throughout the Interwebs) celebrate National Cat Day.

According to the website, National Cat Day was founded in 2005 "to galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us."

An estimated 4 million cats enter shelters every year and 1 to 2 million are euthanized.

Celebrate this special holiday with these fun cat facts, courtesy of Animal Planet :

-- Most cats don't have eyelashes.

-- A cat can reach up to five times its own height per jump.

-- If your cat's eyes are closed, it's not necessarily because it's tired. A sign of closed eyes means your cat is happy or pleased.

-- Cats have the cognitive ability to sense a human's feelings and overall mood.

-- Collectively, kittens yawn about 200 million time per hour.

-- Cats actually have dreams, just like us. They start dreaming when they reach a week old.

National Cat Day aims to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide.

For information on adoption, visit the Humane Society of Tulsa at

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