This is a scary time in the world. People are social creatures, so as we force ourselves to maintain isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves yearning for something to fill that void in our collective hearts. Cats are absolutely purrrfect for that. 

This is far from the first time we've posted cat content. Hell, is the internet even useful for anything other than porn, tattoo stuff and cat content? But right now, in our time of need, felines really are the perfect antidote for what ails us.

In fact, shelters around the country are reporting that people have gone on an adoption frenzy. In New York City, it's almost easier to find rolls of toilet paper than it is a feline friend waiting for a forever home. When you think about it, this really is the perfect time. Being stuck in your home gives you an ample amount of time to bond with your new kitty, services like Chewy make it so pet supplies can be easily obtained without leaving home and holding a purring cat in your lap reduces the anxiety of even the most hardened of us. 

While my allergies prevent me from adopting a cat of my own, I've been using my ample time at home to very closely monitor the comings-and-goings of my neighborhood cats. There is a slightly tubby (not trying to body-shame, just stating facts) calico who spends a lot of time sitting on our back fence, surveying the area. There's also a mostly black tuxedo cat who is, how should we put this, less than graceful. Apologies for the discretion, but these neighborhood cats are helping me deal with all my pandemic-related anxieties. And I'm clearly not alone. 

National Respect Your Cat Day is on Saturday, and it really couldn't be at a better time. Because, as much as we may love our kitties, they tend to teach us all a little bit about social distancing. One must give them their space for the greater good of the community, lest you want to feel the fury of their claws. A powerful lesson these days. 

So let's respect some of our favorite cats by enjoying this gallery of cat tattoos.