National Cat Day 2013

October 29th is National Cat Day, a day to celebrate all things feline.  Contrary to popular belief, cats do not sleep all day.  They cycle through times of play, eat, grooming and sleep.   My cats seem to repeat this cycle twice each day with sleep periods that run approximately 6 hours in the younger cats. 

Interacting with a cat after a long day at work is a great way to lessen stress.  Studies performed by Dr. Karen Allen demonstrated that people who live with pets enjoy lower heart rates and blood pressure than people who live without pets. 

This National Cat Day will always hold a special place in my heart.  Tonight I received the copy of Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love back from the editor.  She loved it so I look forward to the final steps in advance of publication. 


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.