A Full List of Cat Holidays and Observances Throughout the Year

Cats are not just pets, they are family.

Cats observe their own holidays and special observances throughout the year. Some of these observances are well-known and celebrated by cat lovers around the world. Others are more obscure, but still worth mentioning for those who might be interested in celebrating them with their cats.

This is a list of some of the most popular cat holidays and special observances that you can celebrate with your cats this year:

January Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Walk Your Pet Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Jan 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

Jan 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

Jan 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Jan 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

Jan 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

February Cat Holidays

All Month/Week Long:

National Drink Wine with Your Cat Week (3rd full week in February)

National Justice for Animals Week (Feb 20-26)

Beat the Heat Month

Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month

National Cat Health Month

National Prevent a Litter Month

Pet Dental Health Month

Responsible Pet Owners Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States)

Special Days/Holidays:

Feb 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day 

Feb 17: Cat Day (Dzień kota) in Poland.

Feb 17: Cat Day in Italy.

Feb 20: International Cat Day or El Día Internacional del Gato. 

Feb 20: Love Your Pet Day

Feb 22: Cat Day in Japan.

Feb 22: Marie Day

Feb 4th Tuesday: World Spay Day

March Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Special Days/Holidays:

March 1: National Cat’s Day in Russia.

March 2: International Rescue Cat Day

March 3: What if Cats & Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

March 3: International Tripawd Awareness Day

March 6-12: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day (UK).

March 14-21: Pet Theft Awareness Week (UK).

March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day — patron saint of cats

March 3rd Week: National Animal Poison Prevention Week

March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day

March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

April Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

National Pet Month (UK)

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (ASCPA)

Special Days/Holidays:

April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week

April 4: Every Day is Tag Day

April 4: World Stray Animals Day

April 6: National Siamese Cat Day

April 7: National Pet Health Insurance Day

April 10-16: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week 

April 11: National Pet Day 

April 17: Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day

April 17-23: National Pet ID Week

April 3rd Week: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week

April 18: Pet Owner’s Independence Day

April 19: National Cat Lady Day

April 19: Sylvester the Cat’s Birthday.

April 22: Earth Day

April Last Sunday: National Pet Parents Day

April 26: National Kids and Pets Day

April Last Friday: Hairball Awareness Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: World Veterinary Day

April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

April 30: National Tabby Day

May Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Chip Your Pet Month

National Foster Care Month

National Pet Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet Sitter Safety Month

Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Special Days/Holidays:

May 1-7: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week

May 1-7: National Pet Week

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

June Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Adopt-a-Cat Month (The American Humane Association)

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month (ASPCA)

National Foster a Pet Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

National Microchipping Month

Social PETworking Month

Special Days/Holidays:

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 1st Week: Pet Appreciation Week 

June 8: Best Friends Day

June 11: Just One Day

June 14: World Pet Memorial Day

June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day

June 3rd Week: Animal Rights Awareness Week

June 19: National Pets in Film Day

June 20: Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 20-24: Take Your Pet to Work Week

June 24: Cat World Domination Day

June Last Saturday: World Day Against Pet Abandonment.

July Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

National Lost Pet Prevention Month 

National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Special Days/Holidays:

July 1: ID Your Pet Day

July 5: Pet Remembrance Day (UK)

July 10: National Kitten Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: Feline Leukemia Day

July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day

July 22: AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day or AAHA Day 

July 3rd Week: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

August Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Clear the Shelters.

Itchy Pet Awareness Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Aug 8: International Cat Day

Aug 8: National Cat Day in Canada. 

Aug 10: National Lazy Day

Aug 15: National Check the Chip Day 

Aug 20: International Homeless Animals’ Day®.

Aug 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Aug 17: National Nonprofit Day 

Aug 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Aug 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Aug 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Happy Cat Month

National Disaster Preparedness Month 

National Pet Insurance Month

Pet Sitter Education Month

World Animal Remembrance Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Sept 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day – Chris Roy founded Ginger Cat Appreciation Day in 2014 to pay tribute to his longtime companion, Doobert, an orange cat.

Sept 5: National White Cat Day

Sept 11: National Pet Memorial Day – National Pet Memorial Day takes place on the second Sunday in September every year. This year it is on the 11th of September. This is a day to remember your pet friends who have passed away.

Sept 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day – A day to bring awareness to pet birth defects and their mental health. Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day was founded in 2014 by Davis Rogers, founder of MBJungle Organization.

Sept 18-24: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week

Sept Last Week: Deaf Pet Awareness Week

Sept 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day

Sept 19: National Cat DNA Day

Sept 22: Remember Me Thursday.

Sept 24: World’s Largest Pet Walk.

Sept 28: World Rabies Day

Sept 29: Maneki-Neko Day or Beckoning Cat Day

October Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

National Animal Safety and Protection Month 

National Pet Wellness Month

World Animal Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Oct 1: CATober – October 1 has been designated CATOBER – it’s the unique birthday for all cats who live in shelters.

Oct 1st Week: Animal Welfare Week – Animal welfare is a big issue that affects animals who are abused and neglected by humans. So every year, we celebrate the first week of October with “Animal Welfare Week.”

Oct 4: World Animal Day

Oct 10: World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day 

Oct 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Oct 14: Vet Nurse Day

Oct 16: Global Cat Day

Oct 16-22: National Veterinary Technician Week

Oct 21: National Pets for Veterans Day

Oct 27: National Black Cat Day (UK).

Oct 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day

Oct 29: National Cat Day

Oct 30: National Treat Your Pet Day

November Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA)

National Senior Pet Month (NAPPS)

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet Diabetes Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Nov 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

Nov 1:  International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day

Nov 6-12: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Nov 12: World Animal Enrichment Day

Nov 17: National Black Cat Day

Nov 18: National Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Awareness, Research and Education Day

Nov 17: National Black Cat Day (UK)

December Cat Holidays

All Month Long:

National Cat Lover’s Month

Special Days/Holidays:

Dec 1: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day (Humane Society of the United States)

Dec 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine.

Dec 10: International Animal Rights Day

Dec 15: National Cat Herders Day

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