When your boss asks why you're wasting valuable company time watching cat videos, here's your excuse.
Today (Oct. 29) is National Cat Day, according to the Internet. The holiday was founded in 2005 "to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us," according to its website .
Here's your obligatory Grumpy Cat link.
I wrote a September column about the Internet's growing fascination with cats.
Fifteen percent of all Internet traffic is connected to cats, according to research from cat food manufacturer Friskies that's cited in a recent CBS News report .
Some people say footage of a feline's cardboard box adventures isn't merely a distraction. It can also enhance the quality of your life. A study out of Japan "shows that looking at cute animal pictures can actually improve a person's productivity at work," according to a 2012 CNBC report .
Need help celebrating National Cat Day? Consider these cool facts about cats:
Cats sleep 16 hours of any given day. ( Animal Planet )
Cats have dreams. They start dreaming when they reach a week old. ( Animal Planet )
Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10. ( Random Facts )
Cats spend nearly one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves. ( Random Facts )
The average cat weighs 12 pounds. ( PetsWeekly )
Cats can see anything up to 120 feet away and their peripheral vision is roughly 285 degrees. ( Factual Facts )
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