Happy International Cat Day! The day takes place on August 8th every year. It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It was a day to raise awareness for cats, and to learn about ways to help and protect them. In 2020, custodianship of International Cat Day passed to International Cat Care, a not-for-profit British organization working to improve the health and welfare of domestic cats worldwide since 1958.
Ways to celebrate International Cat Day
Honestly, you know your cat better than we do, and would know the best way to celebrate with your favorite feline. So whether it’s a special treat, toy, or time with your kitty, enjoy the day.
Volunteer at a cat shelter
A great way to help the cause and reason for the holiday to exist, is to help other cats. Yes, have fun, but also help raise awareness about the many cats who don’t have homes. Animal shelters are always in need of volunteers and resources. Check out your local shelter to see what their specific needs may be. You could also do something special for the staff at the shelters, so they know how much they’re appreciated. Here’s a list of approved shelters and rescue organizations from Mass.gov.
Adopt a cat
May seem like an obvious choice, but one of the best things you can do to celebrate cats today is to adopt one from a shelter. Cats are pretty low maintenance and could bring a whole lot of love to your home. Rescue a cat, and I’m sure they’ll rescue you right back.
Visit a local cat cafe
If you can’t get enough of cats, you might want to visit a local cat cafe. Kitty Cat Cafe is Massachusetts only cat cafe.
Whatever you do to celebrate, it’s no surprise that cats are loved for lots of reasons. While you’re here, check out some fun and fascinating cat facts.