(NAPS)—For anyone who’s ever wondered what it means to be a “cat person,” a recent survey by Toluna Analytics may provide some surprising answers. Today’s cat person tends to be smart, independ-ent, friendly and active.
The survey also found that cats are more often portrayed in a more positive light, and that the once negative ideas about cats are no longer widely believed. In fact, more than half of respondents said stereo-types about cats being shy, aloof and stubborn are simply untrue.
While the changing perceptions of cats and cat people are a great start, more needs to be done, cat lov-ers contend. Every day, an estimated 11,000 pets are euthanized in U.S. shelters. Unfortunately, cats are at a disadvantage compared to dogs. Cats in shelters are euthanized at a higher rate, and those who wander off and become lost are much less likely to be reunited with their owners.
In order to bring awareness to the cat-loving public, star of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bi-alik, a cat parent and passionate adoption advocate, has teamed up with PetSmart Charities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a lifelong, loving home for every pet.
Bialik has an adopted cat named Frances, who was once a feral cat in need of a forever home. Since bringing Frances into her home, Bialik says that the cat has taught her a lot about patience and love.
To encourage others to share their cat pride, Bialik and PetSmart Charities created the #MeowOUT Yourself Contest. They want to know how you and your adopted cat break the stereotypes and why being a cat parent is something to be proud of. Through July 3, you can enter the contest by submitting a selfie with your adopted cat using hashtag #meowOUT via Instagram or Twitter or at www.petsmartcharities.org/campaigns/meow-out-yourself.
Bialik will choose five of her favorite selfies; the winners and their adopted cats will be the face of to-day’s cats and cat people featured in promotional materials. Sharing your cat pride can mean more cats will find the forever homes they need and deserve.