TODAY is International Cat Day and by the look of our Facebook page yesterday, our town is full of cat lovers.

It's thought the 24-hour celebration of felines first took place in 2002 thanks to the IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

An estimated 500 million cats are thought to be frolicking in neighbours’ gardens across the world.

We asked readers to send in any cute or funny pictures of their pet and we were flooded with photographs.

We have picked out just a few for you below but there's still time to send in yours by clicking on the form at the bottom of this story.


Alex Suzanne: "You say the hot weather is here till October?!!"


Andrew Ryder: Taking a selfie... or Smacking my phone whichever you prefer


Tom Warner: Our Bengal helping with work


Clare Underwood's cat looks very patriotic


Sami Eaton's cat on the prowl


Melissa Wilson: Fern, grumpy chinchilla Persian... does kisses for roast chicken.


Katie Cowley: Gus means business!


Natalie Morris: My baby maisey


Paul Wheeler: This is Micky doing a spot of sunbathing


Gillian Lofthouse: Nero making me stop taking his pic


Katie Clare: Noel


Melissa Ballam-Hallworth: Phantom


Michelle Jay: Roxy

Send us your cute or funny cat pictures

Send us a picture of your cat along with their name to see them in the gallery above

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