National Cat Day 2024: When is it and how can you celebrate?

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National Cat Day is once again almost upon us, so if you live to celebrate our feline friends and want to help ensure every cat on the planet has a safe and warm forever home to call their own, then this is one holiday you're going to want to get involved with.

It may fall just once a year, but this magical day is all about going big and celebrating all that’s wonderful about our feline friends. Whether you're looking to adopt a kitty, shower your current fur baby with some extra love or just spend the day soaking in all things cat-related on social media, National Cat Day has something for you.

One of our favorite events on the annual pet calendar, we've compiled everything you need to know about this special event into one easy guide. From getting snap happy to making up your own DIY cat treats, there are plenty of ways that you can join in on all the festivities. 

So, without further ado, let's paw through those all important details so that you can be National Cat Day ready! 

What is National Cat Day? 

National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by pet and family lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige and aims to raise awareness in several areas, including the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent the overpopulation of cats around the world.

The crew that run National Cat Day believe every kitty should have a forever home where they are safe, loved, and cherished as member of the family. Instead of buying a cat from a pet shop, Paige believes in adoption to help reduce the number of cats that are sitting in shelters around the country.

National Cat Day is a day to spoil your fur baby a little more than you usually would, perhaps by buying them one of the best cat toys, giving them a few extra treats or indulging in extra cuddles. It’s also a day to donate to shelters around the country that support cats and to be aware of the great advocacy work that Paige and her team do throughout the year. 

When is National Cat Day?

National Cat Day is celebrated each year on the 29th of October, which in 2022 falls on a Saturday. 

How can you celebrate on National Cat Day?

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1. Adopt a cat from your local shelter

One of the best ways to get involved this National Cat Day is to adopt a feline furkid from a shelter or cat rescue organization in your area. You can search for an available pet by using the Shelter Pet Project or pop in and have a chat to the friendly shelter staff in your neighborhood. 

Adopting a pet is a big responsibility and requires a commitment for the life of the cat, so make sure you feel you’re in the right position financially and lifestyle wise before bringing home a new forever friend.

2. Volunteer at a shelter

Don’t quite feel ready to adopt but are desperate to have some kitty love in your life, why not sign up to be a volunteer? Animal rescue shelters are always looking for people to play with cats that are up for adoption and to clean cages and litter boxes. 

If you feel like you can spare a few hours or wish to volunteer on an ongoing basis, speak to the team at your local shelter who will be more than happy to talk you through the process.

3. Bake up a storm

Love hitting the kitchen and whipping up tasty treats? Why not turn your love of baked goods into a fundraiser. You can either make things designed for human consumption or do something a little different and sell your own DIY cat treats. After you’ve sold out (and you will!) you can donate the proceeds to your local shelter.

4. Get snap happy

One of the simplest ways to get involved in National Cat Day is to spend some time taking photos of you and your fur baby and then posting them on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #nationalcatday.

5. Treat your kitty to a new accessory...or two!

Whether it’s splurging on one of the best luxury cat beds, getting a new cat scratching post or treating your kitty to a few new toys, there are plenty of amazing accessories on the market that can bring your feline friend tons of joy. 

National Cat Day only comes once a year, so spoiling your companion is the purr-fect way to say I love you!

What's the difference between National Cat Day and International Cat Day?

International Cat Day is celebrated on the 8th of August each year and was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare as a way to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help protect them.

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.