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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Remember when being a crazy cat lady was an outsider thing reserved for shut-ins who wore turtlenecks and ankle-length skirts? Now, thanks to YouTube's viral cat charms and the ability to post and share videos of kitties running around in circles with cones on their head and sabotaging their owners, we can all be unabashed feline fans.

Though I'm highly allergic, I am getting used to this idea of loving cats, thanks to my exposure to Acrocats and the incessant adorable videos online. So in the spirit of loving krazy kitties, I stand in solidarity with all felines today -- National Feral Cat Day -- a day dedicated to increasing awareness about feral cats and the importance of the trap-neuter-return philosophy.

See also:

The Amazing Acrocats

Acrocats in GIFS!

In conjunction with this day, Linda Elder, an educational psychologist, president of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, co-author of four books on critical thinking, and 23 thinker's guides, including the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children, comes out with a children's book called Fairminded Fran and the Three Small Black Community Cats. It's a book that introduces broader themes of community by telling a tale of the plight of feral cats. The story's protagonist is Fairminded Fran, a young girl who finds three small, black cats living behind her school; her concern for the cats' well-being prompts her to search for ways to help care for them.

Elder, a leading authority on critical thinking, says, "When students learn critical thinking in connection with important issues like those surrounding community cats, they come to see, increasingly over time, the value in fair-minded critical thought. When we as a society value fair-minded critical thinking in every domain of human life and thought, we will begin to create fair-minded critical societies." How's that for education?

Learn more about National Feral Cat Day and Fairminded Fran.

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