I have that wrong. It's National Respect Your Cat Day, not National Love Your Cat Day.
They are fundamentally two different things.
In #1, where you respect your cat, you have the courtesy to let her know when her medicine is due so she can find a good hiding place. Honestly, how do cats do that? Just when you need them, they're not around. When you're a bit busy, typing a blog post for instance, they're all over the keyboard. 12ejg0pt8bhgt; Oops, sorry. Didn't get her down quick enough.
#2 is where you love your cat, so you don't tell her when it's time for her medicine. You sneak up on her, tackle her (gently), wrap her in a towel, and proceed to give her the liquid medicine as fast as possible, and do your best to hold her a bit tight, until you're both sure it went down and that she is probably doing to keep it down. Whew! This often takes two people. At least at my house it does. I pity the poor folks who don't have a helper, when it's time to medicate the cat.
In #1, you also make sure you have her food in her dish, on time. In our case, because our delightful Molly is dealing with tummy issues, we feed her every 2 -2/12 hours during the day. She gets small doses. Enough to give her satisfaction for up to one or one and a half hours. That last half hour or full hour, she lets us know how unhappy she is. She is quite the vocal old lady. Not to mention, if you're standing anywhere near her food dish, she will also do her best to trip you. The better to be close enough to meow into your face, when you end up on the floor.
In #2, you tolerate the meows of #1. You practice not tripping so you don't end up with a broken leg from falling away from kitty, as you would certainly not want to hurt kitty in any way, even when she is being intolerable. I mean, when she's being a bit bitchy. I mean, when she's so hungry. We won't even get into the way she tries to trip us up on the stairs. Luckily, she's a bit more reluctant to take the stairs these days. She'd rather sit up in the kitchen giving you her most pitiful wail, "Why won't you feed me?" until you come out and...feed her.
In #1, your respect takes into account that kitty has four feet, and all four feet have claws. At our house they do. If they do not at your house, I will refrain from asking you why. Anyway, kitty is not afraid to use all four claws. Not in a heartbeat. She is all cat, through and through, and though she has this strange love relationship with our Tom (I say 'our' because I have no choice, I share him with kitty and with the dog, and that's just how it is) she has been known to use those claws even on her love-interest. He's shown me some of her reactions to the use of the furminator. Given she's a long-haired cat, using the furminator is a must. It's not optional. So, one learns to beware.
In #2, our love of kitty keeps us on our toes. She occasionally favors us with her presence on the bed at night, when we are all gathered to watch The Voice or some movie; Emily is tucked up with Tom and I am comfy next to them, when kitty may saunter up. If she is not starving - yes, it happens once in awhile - she might curl up next to me and go to sleep. She might even purr. We find it delightful and whisper to each other in hopes she hangs around for more than 5 minutes. I think the longest she's stayed, without meowing about food, is half an hour.
And there you have it, whether it's National Love Your Cat Day or National Respect Your Cat Day, you should give kitty her due. She deserves love and respect every day of the year.
How are you celebrating?