There's a chill in the air. As much as we've complained about the heat of the summer, we're not quite ready to let it go just yet. Before we head off into autumn, let's look back on some notable summery cat moments of the past few years.
Morris the cat runs for mayor (2013)
Tired of the rats? Vote for a cat instead. At least, that's the slogan used by Morris the Cat, who started his campaign for mayor in the Mexican city of Xalapa. The candigato (candicate, as the pun is roughly translated) gained popularity in the summer of 2013, and still maintains a fairly active Facebook presence, where he has nearly 400k fans. Now there's a cat with clout!
The powers of famous internet cats have no bounds. And when a number of cat celebrities team up for charity… well, you can guess how that went. In 2014, Grumpy Cat, Nala Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Oskar the Blind Cat, and Klaus joined together with Friskies to create one epic music video. The catchy tune was titled "Cat Summer," and for every view up to a million, the kitties and their sponsor donated meals to cats in need across the country. The video currently has 1.3 million views.
The Kitten Olympics (2016)
What's better than watching the world's best athletes competing for national recognition and medals in this summer's olympics? Watching kittens do the same. The Kitten Summer Games are a Hallmark Channel production, which featured kitten gymnastics, a de-CAT-hlon, track and field, pole vault and high jump, tennis, and many other kitten Olympic feats. The best part? The kittens all came from the North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, and every kitten was adorable and adoptable.
This summer, cats got up close and personal with nature at this fun exhibition at the State Russian Museum. The exhibit featured photos of cats and nature, growing out of the garden like kitty flowers. (It also featured a surprise guest appearance. See if you can spot it!)
Are you ready for fall now? Make sure your cat is fall-ready too. The cooler weather might be easier on your furry companion than the summer's heat, but there are a few other fall cat concerns you should be aware of as we enter fall. If you have an outdoor cat, it's time to start making sure he has a place to stay warm outside. And beware of fleas and ticks! The season for those pesky pests isn't over yet. Check your state's flea and tick activity levels with this handy tool.