Oregon Zoo Celebrates International Cat Day

Spread the mews! International Cat Day is Aug. 8, and the Oregon Zoo — home to four species of big cat — is marking the occasion with a day of activities and keeper talks, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital.  

Among the goings-on: 

  • 10:30 a.m. – African lion keeper talk 
  • 11 a.m. – Amur tiger keeper talk 
  • 1 p.m. – Cougar keeper talk 
  • 2:30 p.m. – African lion keeper talk 

In addition, Banfield staff will be at the zoo to chat with guests about responsible pet ownership and help inspire children to consider careers in veterinary medicine. 

Our domestic companions have a lot in common with big cats like the lions, tigers, cheetahs and cougars at the Oregon Zoo. For those looking to engage their feline friends at home, Banfield and zoo experts have teamed up on a cat enrichment guide. All cats — from tigers to tabbies — have natural behaviors that can be encouraged through enrichment to keep them healthy, active and engaged. 

“There are many similarities between the big cats in the zoo and our little cats at home,” said Dr. Ari Zabell, vice president of client experience at Banfield Pet Hospital. “Providing an enriching environment gives our feline companions a connection to their wild ancestry and helps to keep them engaged and healthy.” 

Source: Oregon Zoo

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