An amazing complete and comprehensive list of 2024 cat holidays is just what every cat lover needs. Whether you are looking for ideas to celebrate cats to raise money to help them, or are a writer, or blogger, looking for ideas to write about, a complete list of 2024 holidays (and we have included some dates for 2025) is just what you need.
Of course, Paws has included International Cat Day (August 8) and and National Black Cat Day (October 27). But did you know January 2 is Happy Mew Year for Cats Day? While not a day specifically for cats, National Lazy Day (August 10) is an ideal day to spend snuggling with your cat, and that is certainly an excuse to be lazy.
Thanks to cat lovers around the country and world, we find January 29 celebrating Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day. September 9 is Tuxie Appreciation Day, and November 29 is known as National Tuxedo Cat Day.
In April, we hail Siamese Cats with National Siamese Cat Day on April 6. There is even a day to celebrate cat ladies (though the new norm is more cool than crazy). This special day falls on April 19.
Ginger Cat Day (for those that love Gingers, they will tell you they are the most velcro cat there is) is celebrated on September 1.
There are fun and bizarre cat holidays – If Cat Had Thumbs Day – March 3, Cat World Dominion Day – June 24, and National Meow Like a Pirate Day – September 19.
If you want to share a glass of wine with your cat, there’s even a day for that (though there’s wine made just for cats with no alcohol). Check out National Drink Wine with Your Cat Week, February 19-25
There are much more serious days like Rainbow Bridge Day, August 29 – a day to remember our beloved felines who have passed on and are waiting to reunite with us on the Rainbow Bridge.
There are even whole months devoted to our cats. February marks a whole host of ways to bring attention to the importance of spaying/neutering your cats. Cats are hardwired to reproduce, which leads to explosive cat overpopulation issues. That is why we find this second month of the year with:
- Feline Fix by Five Awareness Month
- Beat the Heat Month
- National Cat Health Month
- Spay\/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States)
- Responsible Pet Owners Month
- National Prevent a Litter Month
The reason February is chosen to highlight this very important issue is the days are getting longer, and cats start going into heat and mating as the days get longer.
To make the list more inclusive we included National Day Day – August 26 – (for those that may have cats and dogs) and fun days like Mardi Gras, February 13; Cinco De Mayo – May 5, and Halloween – October 31.
Because Paws Cat-O-Sphere for Cat Lovers highlights cat-themed vacations and cat events, we have included several travel/tourism days. There’s no better time to think about planning this year’s vacation than on January 30, which happens to be National Plan for Vacation Day (Last Tuesday of January). This is an ideal time to start plans for visiting the many cat-themed vacation spots around the world. (January 28, 2025 and January 27, 2026)
January 2024 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 (A time to make a resolution to keep your dog or cat safe every time you get in the car.)
January 6, National Cuddle Up Day (Since January has some of the coldest temperatures of the year, it’s a great excuse to warm up by cuddling with those closest to you.)
January 12, Kiss a Ginger Day. (It’s an excuse to kiss your Ginger Cat.)
January 14, National Dress up Your Pet Day (Celebrate by dressing up your furry family member in comfortable pet clothing – maybe even get matching outfits, if you want to get crazy.)
January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20, 2025) The third Monday of January each year marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
January 22, Answer Your Cat Questions Day Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day was created by Ruth and Thomas Roy of wellcat.com. specifically created for all cat lovers to spend with their feline friends and strengthen the bond between them.
January 24, Change a Pet’s Life Day. A day to encourage people to adopt pets from shelters and raise awareness about animals in need which is the number one way to change a pet’s life forever. If you can’t adopt, volunteer.
January 26, National Fun At Work Day (Last Friday in January) January 31, 2025. Have fun at work and maybe even bring your cat.
January 29, Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day Thanks to fans of felines, January 29 has been deemed Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day, September 9 is Tuxie Appreciation Day, and November 29 is known as National Tuxedo Cat Day.
January 30, 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. (January 28, 2025 and January 27, 2026)
February 2024 Cat Holidays
Beat the Heat 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 10, Chinese New Year, year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year is actually celebrated for 15 consecutive days, but the first three days are the most important. On the 15th and final day, Chap Goh Mei is also a big event, where houses are decorated with an abundance of brightly colored lights. (January 29, 2025, snake; February 17, 2026, horse; February 6, 2027, goat)
February 11, Super Bowl Sunday (Second Sunday in February) (February 9, 2025)
February 11, Great American Rescue Bowl Formerly known as Kitten Bowl, it will feature cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens The new special, which premiered on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, is titled “Great American Rescue Bowl on the Great American Family Channel.
February 13, Catintine Day (not official, yet), but a great way to show your kitty just how much you love them.
February 14, Valentine’s Day
February 14, Pet Theft Awareness Day
February 17, Italy’s Cat Day. National Cat Day was established in 1990 after a magazine launched a survey to find the best date to celebrate felines. February 17 was chosen because this month is associated with witches and their cats, according to folkloric tradition. Another reason is that in Italy, black cats and the number 17 are both considered to bring bad luck. Celebrating cats today aims to dispel that belief.
February 19-25, National Drink Wine with Your Cat Week (Created by offers.com and PetWinery, a company that makes alcohol-free wine). Launched in 2018, this week-long celebration is held the third week in February. This pet holiday is a unique cocktail that pairs the palate-pleasing elements of National Drink Wine Day (February 18) with a February 20th holiday that offers sustenance for the soul, National Love Your Pet Day, both on that same week.
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 18-24, National Justice for Animals Week (Fourth week of February) (February 16 – 22, 2025) An annual event to raise awareness around crimes committed against animals. This includes learning what criminal cruelty is under the law, and how we can all work to build stronger laws, prevent criminal cruelty, hold abusers accountable, and vindicate the interests of animal cruelty victims.
February 19 President’s Day (Third Monday of February) (February 17, 2025: February 16, 2026)
Check out our blog posts about Cats at the White House:
- Siam was the first Siamese Presidential Cat
- From Lincoln to Reagan, to Clinton, Cats have lived with their humans at the White House
- Presidential Cats at the White House
- Siamese Cat History shows they originated in Siam
- A new cat comes to the Biden White House
February 13, Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras (March 5, 2025; February 17, 2026)
February 13 Mardi Gras (March 5, 2025; February 17, 2026)
February 14 Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2015; February 18, 2016)
February 22, Cat Day in Japan (Neko no Hi was selected for how it sounds which is much like cat.) In Japan, National Cat Day is celebrated on February 22, as the date resembles the words ‘nyan nyan nyan’ (Meow Meow Meow).
February 27, World Spay Day (Annual campaign Humane Society International and Humane Society of the US) (Fourth Tuesday in February) (February 25, 2025)
February 27, Spay USA Day (Fourth Tuesday of February) World Spay Day annually aims to decrease stray pet populations by increasing awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering programs. Around the world, a variety of effective programs reduce stray populations. These programs target both strays in neighborhoods and in shelters. (February 25, 2025)
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March 2024 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 who care for them). Every year Tripawd Awareness Day aka: Triday is celebrated on March 3 to honor amputee pets and the people who care for them.
March 3-9, Professional Pet Sitters Week (First full week in March) (March 2-8, 2025; March 1-6, 2026)
March 10, Daylight Savings Time Begins (March 9, 2025; March 8, 2026)
March 17, St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day (‘The Cat Lady of the Catholic Church’)
March 19, First Day of Spring (March 20, 2025; March 20, 2026; March 20, 2027)
March 17-23, National Poison Prevention Week (Third full week in March) (March 16-22, 2025) National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisoning for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
March 23, Cuddly Kitten Day
March 28, Respect Your Cat Day Your feline friend was there when you were happy and sad. Your cat will always be there with you. Today, acknowledge all the efforts your cat has put into being your faithful companion.
March 30, Take a Walk in the Park Day
March 31, Easter (April 20, 2025; April 5, 2026; March 28, 2027)
April 2024 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 6, National Siamese Cat Day
April 7, World Health Day
April 7, National Pet Health Insurance Day
April 10, Hug Your Pet Day
April 11, National Pet Day In 2006, Colleen Paige, animal welfare advocate, and pet and family lifestyle expert, founded National Pet Day to celebrate the joy pets can bring to us. But she also wanted to bring attention to the ongoing needs of many pets of all kinds waiting in shelters to be adopted.
April 11, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 14-20, Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (Second full week of April) (April 13-19, 2025)
April 15, Tax Day
April 16, National Wear Your Pajamas to Workday (You can even wear your favorite cat pajamas to work)
April 17, Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation. In several culture’s folklore, cats with tortoiseshell coloration are believed to bring good luck. In Ireland, tortoiseshell cats are considered to bring good luck to their owners. In the United States, tortoiseshells are sometimes referred to as money cats.
April 17-23, National Pet ID Week (Seven days starting April 17 every year) This gives pet owners an excellent opportunity to review the steps they can take to ensure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost. An estimated one in three pets will go missing at some point.
April 17-23, Animal Cruelty\/Human Violence Awareness Week (Humane Society of the US – third week in April. Begins on April 17 each year)
April 18, Pet Owners Independence Day This holiday aims to flip the roles of humans and their pets, so you can stay home, and your cat can defend their client in court.
April 19, National Cat Lady Day A cat lady’s reputation has gone a long way since medieval Europe when a woman’s love of cats was met with suspicion and even disdain.
April 19, Sylvester the Cat’s Birthday From 1945 to 1966, the animated tuxie appeared in over 100 shorts. Since then, he’s branched out into books, movies, and comic books.
April 21 – 27, 2024 Veterinary Receptionist Week Veterinary Receptionist Week is celebrated the last full week of April each year. ( April 20 – 26, 2025; April 19 – 25, 2026) Veterinary Receptionist Week was first started in 2007 by Ethel Pawlak, a former Practice Manager who got her start in the veterinary industry as a Veterinary Receptionist.
April 22, Earth Day
April 23-29, Passover (April 13 – 19, 2025)
April 23-29, National Scoop the Poop Week (Starts on April 23 every year) (International Pooper Scooper Week is April 1-7) If you travel with your cat, you will want to scoop the poop.
April 26, National Kids & Pets Day
April 26, Hairball Awareness Day (Last Friday in April) (April 25, 2025; April 24, 2026)
April 30, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30, National Therapy Animal Day
April 27, World Veterinary Day (Last Saturday in April. World Veterinary Association) (April 27, 2025)
April 28, National Pet Parent Day (Last Sunday in April) (April 27, 2025)
April 29 – May 5, National Air Quality Awareness Week (This week also includes World Asthma Day on Tuesday, May 2. (April 28 – May 4, 2025)
April 30, National Tabby Day
May 2024 Cat Holidays
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Also celebrated in November)
Chip Your Pet Month
Clean Air 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 3, National Specially-abled Pets Day (Highlights pets with disabilities)
May 5, Cinco de Mayo or Cinco de Meow Day Every year on May 5, fiesta lovers across the United States gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo—literally ‘May 5’ in Spanish. And some US. partygoers may be surprised to learn that Cinco de Mayo history is short on beer, and long on bloodshed. This is a celebration of Spanish American heritage, an excuse to party, It is hardly celebrated south of the border.
May 5 – 11 National Pet Week (American Veterinary Medical Association – first full week in May) (May 4 – 10, 2025) National Pet Week celebrates the pets that enrich our lives, and encourages responsible pet care every day of the year. This national celebration was created by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA in 1981.
May 5-11, American Humane Be Kind to Animals Week (Celebrated since 1915, always first full week of May) (May 4-10, 2025; May 3-9, 2026) Animal kindness is treating animals with compassion, empathy, and respect. It’s about recognizing that animals have value in themselves and are sentient (they have physical and emotional experiences, and can feel pain). They deserve to be treated well, to be free from suffering and harm, and to live good lives.
May 7, National Tourism Day
May 5-11, National Travel and Tourism Week (First full week of May) (May 4 – 10, 2025)
May 8, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is observed every year on May 8 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This day is set aside to raise awareness of disaster preparedness for animals and how to cater to them in dire situations. Your pets’ safety and well-being will be extremely dependent on you in an emergency. Your pets need to be included in your disaster emergency plans. On this day, learn many ways to keep your cherished pets safe in the event of a disaster.
May 12, Mother’s Day (May 11, 2025)
May 26, National Road Trip Day
May 27, Memorial Day (May 26, 2025)
June 2024 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
Social Petworking (Networking) Month It’s Social Petworking Month, which runs through the entire month of June, and it’s an opportunity to use social media to help pets find permanent homes.
June 4, Hug Your Cat Day
June 2-8, Pet Appreciation Week (First week in June) (June 1-7, 2025)
June 8, Best Friends Day (For many, our cat(s) is our best friend.)
June 11, World Pet Memorial Day (Second Tuesday in June) (June 10, 2025)
June 17-23, Animal Rights Awareness Week (Third week in June)
June 14, Flag Day
June 19, National Garfield the Cat Day
June 19. Juneteenth
June 16, Father’s Day (June 15, 2025; June 21, 2016; June 20, 2027)
June 17, Take Your Cat to Work Day (Third Monday In June) This day was first created in 2005 as a way to raise awareness about the benefits of having cats as companions. (June 16, 2025; June 15, 2026; June 14, 2027)
June 17-21, Take Your Pet to Work Week (Observed 5 full days, starting the Monday of the third full week of June)
June 20, First Day of Summer (June 20, 2025)
June 24, Cat World Domination Day Let’s simply appreciate the unique relationship cats have developed with humans for thousands of years.
June 29 World Day Against Pet Abandonment (Last Saturday in June) (June 28, 2025)
June 29, World Day Against the Abandonment of Domestic Animals (Third Saturday in June) Started by the French group Solidarite Animal, it is observed on the last Saturday of the month when people across Europe go on holiday. (June 28, 2025)
July 2024 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 It is a day dedicated to appreciating our lovable pets who make life better every single day. While our pets almost always enjoy the limelight, this day encourages us to make it even more special and make them the main focus all 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 28, National Parents Day (Fourth Sunday in July) (July 27, 2025)
July 31, National Mutt Day (Also celebrated December 2 every year)
August 2024 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 This day is dedicated to all the lazy people and couch potatoes who love to stay back and take a nap at any given time of the 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 (National Black Cat Day is October 27)
August 17, International Homeless Animals Day (Third Saturday in August) (August 16, 2025)
August 22, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
August 26, National Dog Day
August 28, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day A day set aside to remember and celebrate the enduring bond we share with our departed companions.
August 30, National Holistic Pet Day
September 2024 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 Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov. for more info.)
Animal Pain Awareness Month
National Pet Insurance Month
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Pet Sitter Education Month
World Animal Remembrance Month (Dedicated to honoring the memory of animals who are no longer with us)
September 1, Ginger Cat Appreciation Day Ginger Cat Appreciation Day brings a little love to ginger cats. Sometimes called marmalade cats or tiger cats, ginger cats are orange tabby cats.
September 2, Labor Day (September 1, 2025; September 7, 2026; September 6, 2027)
September 5, National White Cat Day
September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day
September 11, Patriot Day
September 8, National Pet Memorial Day (Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC) – second Sunday in September) (September 14, 2025)
September 9, Tuxie Appreciation Day
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 19, National Meow Like a Pirate Day
September 19, National Cat DNA Day National Cat DNA Day is celebrated on September 19 every year. It’s a holiday dedicated to one of the world’s oldest pets – cats. Basepaws created this unique day to raise awareness about the benefits of feline genetics and to honor the advancement of this branch of knowledge.
September 16-22, Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week (Third week in September) (September 15-21, 2025)
September 22-28, National Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Last full week in September) Often referred to as National Deaf Dog Awareness Week, but there is a version for all pets. (September 21-27, 2025)
September 22, First Day of Fall Astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth with respect to the Sun as the planet makes its annual revolution around this closest star. Fall usually starts on September 22 or 23 but can be the 21 and 24 as well, rarely, though. (September 22, 2025; September 23, 2026)
September 26, Remember Me Thursday (Fourth Thursday of September) The entire world will share the importance of pet adoption, and shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues. Since its inception in 2013, Remember Me Thursday® has made more than 2 billion impressions on social media. (September 25, 2025)
September 23, Dogs in Politics Day (Sorry, there’s no Cats in Politics Day, but a few cats have run for president)
September 28, World’s Largest Pet Walk Take your cat for a walk on a leash and show the world the Pet Walk is not just for dogs. (September 27, 2025; September 26, 2026)
September 27, World Tourism Day
September 28, World Rabies Day (Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control)
September 29, Lucky Cat Maneki-Neko Day or Beckoning Cat Day
October 2024 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 3 – 9, Animal Welfare Week Animal Welfare Week is observed every year from October 3 to October 9, to campaign for and support animal rights. It focuses on promoting the humane treatment of all kinds of animals, including pets, farm animals, wildlife, and even those used for medical research and testing. Animal Welfare Week is observed to educate the cruel treatment of animals and to advocate for their rights. It is a week for spreading the message of kindness, justice, and protection for all living creatures.
October 2-4, Rosh Hashanah (September 22-24, 2025; September 11-13, 2026; October 1-3, 2027)
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 9, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (October 8, 2025; October 14, 2026)
October 11-12, Yom Kippur Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. All holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall. (October 1-2, 2025; September 20-21, 2026; October 10-11, 2027)
October 11, Vet Nurse’s Day (Celebrated the second Friday in October) (October 10, 2025)
October 13-19, National Veterinary Technician Week (Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America)
October 14, Canadian Thanksgiving (October 13, 2025; October 12, 2026; October 11, 2027)
October 14, World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day (Second Saturday in October)(October 11, 2025)
October 16, National Feral Cat Day
October 16, Global Cat Day (Previously Feral Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies)
October 21, National Pets for Veterans Day This special day was created in 2018 to recognize the incredible bond between veterans and their pets. It’s a great way to honor those who have served our country and encourage others to provide emotional support animals for disabled vets. From cats and dogs to parrots and rabbits – all kinds of pets can make a difference in the lives of our brave heroes.
October 21, Cure4Cats Day (EveryCat Health Foundation, formerly Winn Feline Foundation)
October 27, National Black Cat Day in the UK and US Black cats need a little positive publicity as their reputation as an omen of bad luck is well-known. In the lead-up to Halloween, National Black Cat Day provides the chance for feline fans to show off their love for the often maligned, but iconic cat.
October. 28, Plush Animal Lovers Day (The 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 2024 Cat Holidays
National Adopt a Senior Pet Month (Cats are generally considered “senior” after 10 years of age.)
National Senior Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Pet Diabetes Month (This month is dedicated to spreading awareness about this lifelong condition of diabetes, which affects approximately one in 300 adult dogs and one in 230 cats in the United States.
November 1, National Cook for Your Pets Day
November 1, International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day
November 4-10, National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week (Sponsored by the Humane Society of the US – first full week of November) (November 3-9, 2025)
November 3, Daylight Savings Time Ends (November 2, 2025; November 1, 2026)
November 5, Election Day (November 5, 2025)
November 11, Veterans Day
November 12, World Animal Enrichment Day Awareness, Research and Education Day (Second Saturday in November) (November 8, 2025)
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 The initiative was launched in 2007 by the Italian Association for the Protection of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA) to reduce the number of black cats killed because of superstition. Also celebrated in the US on August 17 and on October 27.
November 23, National Adoption Day (Celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving) (November 22, 2025)
November 28, Thanksgiving (November 27, 2025; November 26, 2026; November 25, 2027)
November 29, Black Friday (November 28, 2025; November 27, 2026; November 26, 2027)
November 29, National Tuxedo Cat Day
December 2024 Cat Holidays
National Cat Lovers’ Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
December 2, Cyber Monday (December 1, 2025; November 30, 2026, November 29, 2027)
December 3, Giving Tuesday (December 2, 2025; December 1, 2026; November 30, 2027)
December 5, Volunteer Day
December 5, Celebrate Shelter Pets Day (December 4, 2025; December 3, 2026)
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 25-January 2, Hanukkah. (December 14-22, 2025; December 4-12, 2026; December 24 – January 1, 2027)
December 26 – January 1 Kwanzaa (A celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture) Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday held annually from December 26 to January 1. Fundamentally, it celebrates family, culture, community, and the harvest. The word ‘Kwanzaa’ itself comes from the Kiswahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning ‘first fruits of the harvest’.
December 31, New Year’s Eve
And don’t forget Gotcha Day which is any day you celebrate adopting your precious kitty cat.
Some of these cat holidays may not be included on National Today, or other holiday calendars but we wanted to be as inclusive as possible to raise awareness about cats and the issues that affect them. Others may not be specific to cats, but they can be tailored to fit cat issues and be used for marketing cat-related stories or items. 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.
About the Author
BJ Bangs is an award-winning author, writer, and photographer. She has been fascinated by cats since she was a kid, and made a commitment to her first adopted cat in 1981. Cats have been part of her life since then, and she now lives with four cats in rural New England. As part of her blog, Paws Cat-O-Sphere for Cat Lovers, she writes about cat-themed holidays and events. For the past 2 years, she has included a Complete List of Cat Holidays on her blog. Click here for more information about BJ.