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It all makes purrfect sense to cat-lovers


It all makes purrfect sense to cat-lovers

It's International Cat Day and we are loving all the furry cuddles!

Senior reporter

Felines around the globe will be forgiven for thinking they are the cat’s whiskers when International Cat Day is observed on Wednesday.
Initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002, the day is aimed at celebrating the friendship between humans and cats and advocating for the safety and well-being of cats.
Expresso Show TV and KFM radio presenter Zoë Brown loves that her cat Sailor understands personal space.
“Cats are the ultimate sassy souls. I love their cat-titude, and they don’t just love anyone. It’s extra special and sweet when they choose (which they do) to love you! They’re so independent and totally deserve a day of their own!Smile FM radio presenter Lindy Hibbard’s cat, Arwen, named after Liv Tyler’s character in the Lord of the Rings, has been in her life for about three-and-a-half years.
“In ancient Egypt, cats were considered gods. Cats have forgotten this. I think they need a little more recognition for that these days,” she said.Why a cat over a dog?
“Their purr has a calming effect and even lowers blood pressure. They’re more independent than dogs and, like me, cats are fastidious about personal hygiene,” Hibbard said.
Fashion and beauty blogger Aqeelah Harron-Ally said International Cat Day is every day in her home.
“Cats may be feisty but they bring so much joy to so many of our lives. My husband and I are obsessed with our little guy, Milan.”
Latest statistics on pet spending has revealed that South Africans spent about R1.2bn on cat food last year.The latest market research from EuroMonitor predicted that sales of cat food would increase by 7% in 2017, as more manufacturers take advantage of the trend of pet owners looking after animals as they would their own children. Cat food manufacturers are punting balanced diets that cost more, confident that cat-owners are willing to fork out thousands a year to keep their felines healthy.
“Some are of the opinion that cats should eat two-thirds dry food‚ with wet food seen as a treat or ‘mixer’. However‚ since cats do not naturally drink much water‚ it is necessary for them to eat wet cat food to gain moisture.
“Since wet cat food has higher unit prices‚ encouraging wet food consumption may result in bigger returns for industry players‚” EuroMonitor researchers said.

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