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It's National Cat Day – Here Are Some of The Best Cats on Instagram

If you're anything like me, you love cats! So when I learned that today is National Cat Day, you could say I got a little bit excited.

But it's not just about appreciating our feline companions, it's about appreciating felines that have no companions.

National Cat Day celebrates our kitties, but raises awareness for cats that have yet to be adopted.

Right now across the United States, there are 3.4 million cats waiting to find loving, permanent homes. Sadly, only about 1.3 million actually will.

That's why it's important that today, on National Cat Day, if you've been considering getting a feline companion, today might just be the day.

If you'd like to search for your local animal, visit The Shelter Project's Website to find the closest animal shelter to you.

If you love cats but can't commit to one long term, you can also offer to foster cats and kittens through your local animal shelter.

This helps reduce the number of animals that may need to be euthanized and helps match cats with wonderful homes.

Okay, so National Cat Day obviously isn't all seriousness. There's a fun side too. Here are some of our favorite felines from Instagram. Enjoy!

1. Houdini The Bengal

Houdini, as his name states, is a bengal! He has a gorgeous leopard coat. However, it can't be seen as clear in this photo because he currently lives in Alaska, and in Alaska it's cold out!

He loves going on long walks with his parents throughout the Alaskan wilderness, but his sweater is essential.

Another baby bengal has recently moved in with Houdini, but she doesn't have a name yet! Follow him on Instagram to find out what they name her!

2. Maisey the Scottish Fold

3. Oskar the blind cat

Oskar the blind cat isn't some meme, asserts Mick Szydlowski, his cat dad. Oskar is also an inspiration to those everywhere who suffer from blindness, human and cat alike.

Mick started Oskar's instagram feed to show "what it was like living with a cat with sepcial needs."

"I am very consistent with reading the comments that people make on Instagram and Facebook. If someone has a question about adopting a disabled cat, I want to help," Szydlowski says.

4. Princess Cheeto

Princess Cheeto is just your average cat, but Hugo Martinez is not your average cat dad. He's an artist whose goal is to simply make people happy.

"I used to be obsessed with Grumpy Cat and other cats," Martinez says. "I remember how happy these cats would make me — they would totally turn around my day."

Princess Cheeto is the perfect subject for his photographs. "She'll stay and she'll pose," he says.

5. Lil BUB

Mike Bridavsky, from the moment he saw Lil BUB, it was love.

"People kept giving up on her because it was obvious that she needed special care," Bridavsky recalls. Lil BUB has a degenerative bone condition called osteopetrosis.

"She's the only cat in recorded history born with it," Bridavsky says. "I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her. I couldn't believe she was real."

6. Shrampton

Shrampton is quite possibly the classiest cat we've ever seen. His mom, Leilani Shimoda, is a fashion designer who knows what to look for in cat fashion.

Shimoda posts to Shrampton's Instagram account because she says it makes people happy.

"Some people comment and say 'I was having the worst day, this helped,' or they tag each other and say 'This is us! This is me! This will be us tomorrow.' I love that."

And Shrampton handles it all pretty well. He poses perfectly for each of the images.

7. Nala

Nala the cat is the perfect rescue cat story. Her kitty mom, Pookie Methachittiphan, picked her up from a shelter and hasn't looked back. Spreading the word about shelter animals is important to her, which is why she created Nala's Instagram page.

Over time, the Instagram account became a full time job, which works for her. "I get to be with my pets and spread the word about adoption," she says.

Relationships

Psychology Defines 7 Types Of Love, Yet Only A Rare Few Make It To The Last One

Psychologists have confirmed the average person will experience different types of love through their lives. A study has even shown that a person can fall in love at least three times in their lifetime. Howevr, the type of love that they experience often depends on the one they share it with. Some people bring out deep emotions that cause a whirlwind of a romance, which is sometimes toxic. Others, turn out to be nothing more than companions and are better off as friendships.

However, rare are the people who gets the experience the kind of love that truly feels everlasting, fulfilling and healthy. Find out which kind of love we mean and which type of love your current kind of love falls into

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Infuatuation

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This is the first step of all relationships but it remains on a shallow level. It's usually a fine line between lust and love and infatuation never usually makes it past the lust and into a meaningful connection. Yet, infatuation is often disguised as love and can be confusing.

The more both parties are physically attracted to each other, the more they want to spend all of their time together and move a relationship really quickly from the get-go. However, this kind of relationship is usually short-lived. When relationships get too intense, too quickly, they don't tend to take the time to build a solid enough foundation to grow on, and many of the red flags just get brushed off only to come back later.

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Liking

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This is usually the second stage of a relationship. Once we decide that we are attracted enough to someone, we become open to getting to know them better. From there, the more we get to know them, the more feelings are developed based on what we know. This is still an introductory stage to relationships, because the more layers are peeled, the higher the risk of finding some sort of dealbreaker that ends the relationship there.

During this stage either feelings will develop closer to love, and increase passion or commitment, or they will eventually fade and grow closer to a friendship It all depends on shared values, interests, and needs.

Empty Love

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This is a tricky kind of relationship. On one hand, it is an exclusive relationship with an agreed-upon commitment. Couples experiencing this type of love could spend years on end together but still lack intimacy and passion. They may truly enjoy each other's company and care deeply about one another but still be missing that special spark that makes everything come together.

Over time the relationship becomes comfortable but boring. It's not necessarily that anyone is doing anything wrong, but there is no denying that the relationship is just missing something to make it feel passionate and exciting.

Fatuous Love

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This is the most common type of love as it includes two of the three foundations: commitment and passion. Couples often find that enough to pursue their relationship and exchange their vows. Yet, this kind of relationship despite having attraction lacks true intimacy.

These kinds of relationships go through many ups ad downs, they have their good days but they also have the days where they feel like they're not truly happy or like their needs aren't being fully met. This could be due to differing love languages or because the couple isn't able to reach a high enough level of vulnerability to fully give themselves to someone else.

Romantic Love

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This kind of love has another combination of the three pillars of love: passion and intimacy. The feelings are there and so is the attraction. Couples in this kind of relationship feel really close to one another and it's easy for them to open up. They fall deeply in love, rather quickly and naturally. The only problem is they can't necessarily agree on where the relationship is headed so they just brush it off.

They put off serious commitments hoping to just go with the flow and figure the rest out in time. Unfortunately in many instances, the relationship reaches a termination point because of major commitments that can't be agreed on.

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Companionate Love

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Companionate love consists of commitment and intimacy, another combination that is still lacking. This type of love is somewhere between the line of friendship and love. There is somewhat of an attraction that makes the friendship feel stronger but it's mostly due to the strong bond that's shared. This kind of couple is each other's best friend, They trust each other fully, and are able to be completely themselves.

The attraction is there and the love is genuine but it's missing that head over heels super-in-love kind of feeling. Many relationships develop into this kind of love after many years of marriage.

Consummate Love

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This is the ideal kind of love and yet it is the rarest of all. It is made of all the pillars of the perfect relationship: love passion, emotional and physical intimacy, and commitment. The levels of each vary throughout time but there is enough of each to keep the relationship young even after years of commitment. Arguments are resolved peacefully, affection is given freely and plans of the future are carried out.

These couples are just as in love as the day they met during their final days. They find ways to keep their relationships exciting and keep on surprising one another. They never allow themselves to truly get comfortable and stop appreciating what they have. They trust each other fully while still pursuing their own independence.

Healthy Love

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All that matters in love is that you are happy and the love is healthy. The rest can be developed and worked on with the right person. In any relationship, always look at how you feel and ask yourself: does this person make you love yourself more? Do you want to grow old with them?

Love is more than just kisses and butterflies, it's much more than that. If you want to know more on what your birth chart reveals about how you love and what you need out of a partner, check out this personalized report based on date of birth.