Complete list of 2023 Cat Holidays to celebrate

cinplete list of 2023 cat Holidays

A complete list of 2023 cat holidays to celebrate is essential for those wishing to celebrate cats this year. At Paws News for Cat Lovers, we focus on cat tourism and events, cat news, and lots of other cat stuff. Therefore, we felt we would be remiss if we did not bring you a complete list of special cat days in 2023.

Did you know there are 200 or more cat-related holidays we can celebrate throughout the year? The complete list of 2021 pet (mostly cat) holidays includes well-known celebrations like National Cat Day on Oct. 29, the Fourth of July, Halloween, National Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17, and February’s Feline Fix by Five Appreciation Month.

We also include January’s Answer Your Cat Question Day (January 22), Change a Pet’s Life’s Day (January 24), and National Plan Your Vacation Day (January 26). That’s so you can start planning your vacation to the many cat-themed vacation destination, inside the United States and throughout the world. It could be you want to visit Florida and visit the cats at the Earnest Hemingway Museum or go to the … in Italy.

The cat holiday list is comprehensive, including National Disaster Preparedness Month (September), Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month (June), and Happy Cat Month (September). To be sure, all of us cat lovers want to make our cats happy.

This list serves as a great guide for writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers, or event planners that are looking for a way to gain attention in a fun way. We encourage you to bookmark this list and keep it handy, for your reference in 2023, and longer. Many of the cat holidays stay on the same date.

The Complete list of 2023 Cat Holidays & More

January 2023 Cat Holidays

Walk Your Pet Month

January 1, New Year’s Day

January 2, Happy Mew Year for Cats Day (Perfect for cats ringing in the New Year) 

January 2, National Pet Safety Travel Day

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    January 6, National Cuddle Up Day

    January 12, Kiss a Ginger Cat Day

    January 14, National Dress up Your Pet Day    

    January 16,  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 22, Answer Your Cat Question Day

    January 22, Chinese New Year

    January 24, Change a Pet’s Life Day

    January 27, National Fun At Work Day (Last Friday in January)

    January 29, Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day

    January 31, National Plan for Vacation Day (Last Tuesday of January)An ideal time to start plans for visiting the many cat-themed vacation spots around the world.

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    February 2023 Cat Holidays

    Beat the Heat Month

    Feline Fix by Five Awareness Month

    National Cat Health Month

    Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month

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

    Pet Dental Health Month

    Responsible Pet Owners Month

    National Prevent a Litter Month  

    February 2, Groundhog Day   

    February 5, World Animal Reiki Day   

    February 12, Super Bowl Sunday (Second Sunday in February)

    February 12, Nice American Rescue Bowl, formally known as Kitten Bowl VIV, will feature cats, dogs, puppies and kittens (Hallmark Channel)

    February 13, Catintine Day (not official, yet)

    February 14, Valentine’s Day

    February 14, Pet Theft Awareness Day  

    February 17, Italy’s Cat Day  

    February 19-25, National Drink Wine with Your Cat Week (Created by and PetWinery, a company that makes alcohol-free wine).     

    February 20, Love Your Pet Day

    February 20, International Cat Day, also known as El Dia Internacional del Gato Selected as one of many International Cat Days after President Clinton’s cat Socks passed on February 20, 2009.

    February 20-26, National Justice for Animals Week (Fourth week of February)

    February 20, President’s Day (Third Monday of February)

    Check out our blog posts about Cats at the White Houses:

    February 21, Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

    February 22, Ash Wednesday

    February 22, Cat Day in Japan (Neko no Hi was selected for how it sounds which is much like cat.)

    February 28,  World Spay Day (Annual campaign Humane Society International and Humane Society of the US) (Fourth Tuesday in February)

    February 28, Spay USA Day (Last Tuesday of February)

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    March 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Pet Poison Prevention Month

    March 2, International Rescue Cat Day

    March 3, If Cats Had Thumbs Day 

    March 3, International Tripawd Awareness Day Founded in 2022 by Tripaws to honor three-legged pets and those that care for them. 

    March 5-11, Professional Pet Sitters Week (28th annual celebration) (First full week in March)

    March 12, Daylight Savings Time Begins

    March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

    March 17, St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day (“The Cat Lady of the Catholic Church”)

    March 20, First Day of Spring

    March 19-25, National Poison Prevention Week (Third full week in March)

    March 23, Cuddly Kitten Day

    March 28, Respect Your Cat Day

    March 30, Take a Walk in the Park Day

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    April 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Heartworm Awareness Month

    National Pet First Aid Awareness Month    

    Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Month (ASPCA)  

    Celebrate Diversity Month

    National Pet Month – UK

    April 1, April Fool’s Day                                                                     

    April 4, World Stray Animals Day

    April 5-12, Passover

    April 6, National Siamese Cat Day

    April 7, World Health Day

    April 7, National Pet Health Insurance Day

    April 9, Easter

    April 9-15, Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (Second full week of April)

    April 11, National Pet Day   

    April 11, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

    April 15, Tax Day

    April 16, National Wear Your Pajamas to Workday

    April 17, Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day   

    April 17-23, National Pet ID Week (Seven days starting April 17)   

    April 17-23, Animal Cruelty\/Human Violence Awareness Week (Humane Society of the US – third week in April)

    April 19, Sylvester the Cat’s Birthday

    April 23-29, Veterinary Receptionist Week

    April 18, Pet Owners Independence Day   

    April 19, National Cat Lady Day

    April 18, Pet Owners Independence Day

    April 22, Earth Day

    April 23-29, National Scoop the Poop Week

    April 26, National Kids & Pets Day

    April 29, Hairball Awareness Day (Last Friday in April)   

     April 30, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

    April 30, National Therapy Animal Day

    April 30, World Veterinary Day (Last Saturday in April. World Veterinary Association) 

    April 30, National Tabby Day

    April 30, National Pet Parent Day (Last Sunday in April)

    May 2023 Cat Holidays

    Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Also celebrated in November)

    Chip Your Pet Month     

    Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month     

    Lyme Disease Awareness Month

    Mental Health Awareness Month

    National Foster Care Month

    National Pet Month

    Pet Sitter Safety Month

    Responsible Animal Guardian Month

    May 1-7, National Air Quality Awareness Week

    May 3, National Specially-abled Pets Day

    May 5, Cinco de Mayo or Cinco de Meow Day

    May 7-13, National Pet Week (American Veterinary Medical Association – first full week in May) 

    May 7-13, American Humane Be Kind to Animals Week (Celebrated since 1915, always first full week of May) 

    May 7, National Tourism Day

    May 7-13, National Travel and Tourism Week (First full week of May)

    May 8, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (Second Saturday in May)

    May 14, Mother’s Day

    May 26, National Road Trip Day

    May 29, Memorial Day    

    June 2023 Cat Holidays

    Adopt-a-Cat Month (American Humane Association)

    Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month (ASPCA) (Also marks the height of kitten season)

    National Pet Preparedness Month (Timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster including making plans for what you would do with your cat in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disasters).    

    National Foster a Pet Month

    National Microchip Month

    Pride Month

    Social Petworking (Networking) Month

     June 4, Hug Your Cat Day

    June 4-10 Pet Appreciation Week (First week in June) June 2-8 2024; June 1-7, 2025

    June 8, Best Friends Day

    June 13, World Pet Memorial Day (Second Tuesday in June)

    June 19-25, Animal Rights Awareness Week (Third week in June)

    June 14, Flag Day  

    June 19, National Garfield the Cat Day

    June 19. Juneteenth

    June 18, Father’s Day

    June 19, Take Your Cat to Work Day (June 17, 2024)

    June 19-23, Take Your Pet to Work Week (Observed 5 full days, starting the Monday of the third full week of June) June 17-21, 2024

    June 21, First Day of Summer

    June 24, Cat World Domination Day

    June 29, World Day Against the Abandonment of Domestic Animals

    July 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Lost Pet Prevention Month (Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub)

    National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

    July 1, ID Your Pet Day

    July 4, Independence Day

    July 5, National Pet Remembrance Day

    July 6, International Kissing Day

    July 10, National Kitten Day

    July 11, All-American Pet Photo Day

    July 15, National Pet Fire Safety Day (Sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club (AKC)

    July 16, Feline Leukemia Day (The Community Cat Podcast and Feline Leukemia Activist Margaret Tompkins host this annual event giving important up-to-date information about managing this disease.

    July 21, National Craft for your Local Shelters Day

    July 23, National Parents Day (Fourth Sunday in July)

    July 31, National Mutt Day (Also celebrated Dec. 2, 2023)

    August 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Immunization Awareness Month

    National Wellness Month

    Itchy Pet Awareness Month

    Rawgust (Celebrating raw feeding for pets)

    August 8, International Cat Day    

    August 8, National Cat Day in Canada   

    August 10, National Lazy Day

    August 15, National Check the Chip Day (AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create Check the Chip Day)

    August 17, National Black Cat Appreciation Day    

    August 19, International Homeless Animals Day (Third Saturday in August)

    August 22, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day    

    August 26, National Dog Day

    August 28, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

    August 30, National Holistic Pet Day   

    September 2023 Cat Holidays

    Happy Cat Month (Established by the CATalyst Council)

    National Disaster Preparedness Month (Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps, and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses, and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit and for more info.) 

    Animal Pain Awareness Month

    National Pet Insurance Month

    National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Pet Sitter Education Month

    World Animal Remembrance Month

    September 1, Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

    September 4, Labor Day

    September 5, National White Cat Day

    September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day

    September 11, Patriot Day

    September 10, National Pet Memorial Day (Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC) – second Sunday in September) Four famous pet cemeteries in US.

    September 13, Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day (A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention, and treatment)

    September 15-17, Rosh Hashanah

    September 19, National Meow Like a Pirate Day

    September 19, National Cat DNA Day

    September 19-25, Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week (Third week in September) check dates

    September 19-24, National Deaf Pet Awareness Week   ??

    September 20-26, Animal Welfare Week

    September 23, First Day of Fall    

    September 28, Remember Me Thursday (fourth Thursday of September)

    September 23, Dogs in Politics Day (Sorry, there’s no Cats in Politics Day).

    September 24 – 25, Yom Kippur

    September 25, World’s Largest Pet Walk

    September 27, World Tourism Day

    September 28, World Rabies Day (Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control)

    September 29, World Tourism Maneki-Neko Day or Beckoning Cat Day

    October 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Animal Safety and Protection Month  

    Black Cat Awareness Month    

    National Book Month

    National Pet Wellness Month    

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    World Animal Month

    October 2-8, Animal Welfare Week (First week of October)

    October 4, World Animal Day & World Pet Day

    October 4, Feast of St Francis of Assisi (The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be blessed)

    October 9, CATober 9th. North Shore Animal League declared this as the universal birthday of shelter cats whose birthdays remain a mystery.

    October 10, World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day

    October 11, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (October 9 in 2024) 

    October 13, Vet Nurse’s Day (Celebrated the second Friday in October)

    October 15-21, National Veterinary Technician Week (Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America) October 13-19, 2024

    October 16, National Feral Cat Day

    October 16, Global Cat Day (Previously Feral Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies)

    October 13, Vet Nurse’s Day (Celebrated the second Friday in October)

    October. 21, National Pets for Veterans Day

    October 21, Cure4Cats Day (EveryCat Health Foundation, formerly Winn Feline Foundation)

    October 27, National Black Cat Day in the UK

    October. 28, Plush Animal Lovers Day(Perfect day to buy your pet a new squeaky toy)

    October 29, National Cat Day    

    October 30, National Treat Your Pet Day (Dr. Marty Pets launched this in 2021, making it a great day to treat your cat with healthy snacks and lots of TLC.    

    October 31, Halloween    

    November 2023 Cat Holidays

    Adopt a Senior Pet Month

    National Senior Pet Month  

    Pet Cancer Awareness Month

    Pet Diabetes Month

    November 1, National Cook for Your Pets Day

    November 1, International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day

    November 6-12, National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week (Sponsored by the Humane Society of the US – first full week of November)   

    November 5, Daylight Savings Time Ends

    November 7, Election Day

    November 11, Veterans Day

    November 12, World Animal Enrichment Day Awareness, Research and Education Day

    November 18-24, Antibiotics Awareness Week (Always starts on November 18)

    November 15, National Philanthropy Day

    November 17, National Take a Hike Day   

    November 17, National Black Cat Day in Italy (Also celebrated on August 17)

    November 18, National Adoption Day (Celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving)

    November 23, Thanksgiving    

    November 24, Black Friday    

    November 27, Cyber Monday    

    November 28, Giving Tuesday 

    December 2023 Cat Holidays

    National Cat Lovers’ Month

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    December 5, Volunteer Day

    December 5, Celebrate Shelter Pets Day

    December 9, International Day of Veterinary Medicine

    December 10, International Animal Rights Day

    December 15, National Cat Herder’s Day

    December 21, First Day of Winter

    December 25, Christmas

    December 26, – January 2 Kwanzaa (A celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture)

    December 31, New Year’s Eve

    And don’t forget Gotcha Day which is any day you celebrate adopting your precious kitty cat.

    Cat dividing line on August Cat Holidays

    Some of these cat holidays may not be included on National Today, but we wanted to be as inclusive as possible to raise awareness about cats and the issues that affect them. If you know of any additional cat holidays that should be included on this list, please send us a comment, and we will be happy to include them.

    BJ Bangs is an award-winning journalist, photographer, and communication professional who is an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including visiting cool cat places and events and writing about them.



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