This 2018 Cat Holidays and More listing will help Paws and others keep track of the gazillion cat holidays for the upcoming year.
We’ve been wanting to compile a list for quite some time, but we weren’t sure how to set up the table for the columns. Well, this year, we inserted a plug-in called TablePress, and we decided to set up this valuable cat information.
For our complete list, click here.
While we are not totally happy with the alignment, we are happy to share the information.
Did you know January 22 is Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. Do you supposed, they might ask:
- Why do you leave me home alone all day?
- Why don’t you give me better food?
- Why can’t I sit at the table and eat dinner with you?
It’s no surprise to find February chuck full of all the reasons we should spay/neuter our cats. At the latest, cats should be spay/neutered before five months of age (four would be better). The shelters have long advanced early spay/neuter because kittens can go into heat when they are four-months-old and have an unexpected litter of kittens. Kittens beget kittens and even more kittens, and thus an explosive cat overpopulation issue. It’s better than it used to be, but there’s lots more education that needs to happen.
In February, we find:
- Beat the Heat Month (now Feline Fix by Five Month)
- Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
- National Prevent a Litter Month
- World Spay Day and Spay US Day, both February 27, 2018.
We should add February 2, Groundhog Day to this list cause when the days start to get longer and warmer, it marks the beginning of kitten season.
February also marks some health related issues like Pet Dental Health Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month. On a more fun side, February 20, is Love Your Pet Day, and all we cat people can relate to that as we love our cats 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
March is Poison Prevention Month which is apt as we are approaching Easter, with Easter Lilies, which are deadly to cats. For more about this, read Paws encounter with Easter Lilies at Easter Lilies Can be Deadly for Cats.
April is loaded with cat days, including National Pet Day, April 11, Hairball Awareness Day, April 27, Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, April 30, and National Tabby Day, also April 30.
May is devoted to some very serious issues as it is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Chip Your Pet Month, and Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. If you don’t think cats have asthma or allergies, ready Paws post Persistent Coughing Can Be a Tell-Tale Sign of Feline Asthma.
We also find National Specialty Abled Pets which is ideal to bring attention to the tri-pods and felines with physical disabilities. Cats share so many diseases with humans. Likewise, they also can become disabled, just like we humans.
May 12 marks National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. This marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. This is soooo very important for our cats, as they can be impacted by fire, tornadoes, and lengthy power outages. If our cats are important to us, we owe it to them to have a disaster plan in place. It’s not something that can be done at the 11th hour.
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month, and Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and we rally round this cause as all of our felines have been rescues. It’s amazing that I found my Siamese AppleHead at a shelter. How could someone have given up this Velcro boy? There loss was my gain, and he is undoubtedly my soul-mate.
We also find Hug Your Cat Day on June 5, and Pet Appreciation Day from June 3-9.
As we would expect, July has a lot fewer special cat days as the humans gather round the barbecue for family get-togethers and summer outings. We don’t find a beach day for cats, but we do find National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15.
International Cat Day lets us celebrate cats around the world on August 8, and there are beautiful felines in almost every country and continent, that is except Antarctica. National Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17, and we all should stand up and support these beautiful black beauties.
In August we also find interesting days such as:
- International Homeless Animals Day, Aug 19
- National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, August 22
- Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, August 30
- National Holistic Pet Day, August 30
Happy Cat Month, established by the CATalyst Council a a highlight of September. Cats make us happy. If you don’t believe it, check out the mushrooming number of cat videos on the Internet. More cats are owned in the United States than dogs; however, most cat people have more than one cat.
World Rabies Day is on September 28, and while this may not be a sexy topic for writers and bloggers, it’s a huge health issue for cats, even those that stay inside. Rodents carry rabies, and if an unsuspecting cat comes in contact with them, they’ll contract the disease. We’re happy to know that many veterinarians are now administering the vaccine in the leg, rather than on the neck, cutting down on unnecessary cancers and complications from the vaccine.
October has some heavy hitter days, including
Global Cat Day, which used to be Feral Cat Day, October 16. We at Paws for Reflection love all cats, including the ferals. We could learn some lessons about community and tenacity from these outside cats.
October 21 is now Cure4Cats Day. This day research on cat related issues. Thanks to Winn, there’s hope for cats with FIP. It will soon no longer be a death sentence.
October 29 is National Cat Day, another reason to celebrate cats of all types, colors and sizes.
We celebrate Senior Cats in November with Adopt a Senior Pet Month and National Senior Pet Month. Many of the Paw’s cats have lived well into their senior years, and been wonderful geriatric cats providing lots of love and comfort to their humans, who is getting to be a senior herself.
Like July, December is not host to many cat holidays. In fact, we didn’t find a one. If you know of any, please post in the comments section so we can include it on our lengthy list.
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Do you have a favorite cat holiday? Do you have any particular days that you just love to read or write about? Please share your thoughts. We were pretty amazed to find such a lengthy listing that grows ever year.