Cat Holidays & Special Observances

Mark your calendars for a full twelve months of cat holidays and special observances, all starring our favorite furry family members!

January Cat Holidays

Walk Your Pet Month.

Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety 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

Beat the Heat Month.

National Cat Health Month.

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

Pet Dental Health Month.

Responsible Pet Owners Month.

National Prevent a Litter Month.

Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day.

3rd week in Feb.: National Justice for Animals Week.

Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day.

Feb. 28, 2017: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States.

Feb. 28, 2017: Spay Day USA. Last Tuesday of February.

March Cat Holidays

Poison Prevention Awareness Month.

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.

March 5-11, 2017: Professional Pet Sitters Week.

March 19-25, 2017: National Poison Prevention Week.

April Cat Holidays

National Heartworm Awareness Month.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)

National Pet Month. (UK)

April 11: National Pet Day.

April 9-15, 2017: Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April.

April 16-22, 2017: National Pet ID Week.

April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day.

April 22: Earth Day.

April 16-22, 2017: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States. Third week in April.

Third week in April. National Pet ID Week.

April 29, 2017: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.

April 28, 2017: Hairball Awareness Day.

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

April 30: National Tabby Day.

May Cat Holidays

National Pet Month. (US)

Responsible Animal Guardian Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)

Chip Your Pet Month.

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day.

1st full week: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.

May 7-13, 2017: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

June Cat Holidays

Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.

National Pet Preparedness Month. This 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…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your cat in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day.

June 4-10, 2017: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June.

June 9: World Pet Memorial Day.

June 11: Just One Day.

Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.

June 24 [not confirmed]: Take Your Cat to Work Day.

July Cat Holidays

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

July 4: Independence Day.

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

July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day.

August Cat Holidays

Aug. 8: International Cat Day.

Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”

Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Aug. 19, 2017: International Homeless Animals’ 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

Happy Healthy 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

Sept. 11:  National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC). Second Sunday in September.

Last full week in September. Deaf Pet Awareness Week. By

Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day.  A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment. Sponsored by the MBJungle Foundation.

Sept. 28: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

October Cat Holidays

National Animal Safety and Protection Month. 

National Pet Wellness Month.

October 4: World Animal Day.

1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)

Oct. 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

Oct. : National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. (TBA)

Oct. 16: National Feral Cat Day.

Oct. 29: National Cat Day.

Oct. 30: National Black Cat Day in the UK.

November Cat Holidays

Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.

National Pet Awareness Month.

National Senior Pet Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events).

Pet Diabetes Month.

Nov. 5-11, 2017: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.

Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day.

Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day.

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