International Cat Day

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2023 Date8 August 2023
International Cat Day

International Cat Day History

International Cat Day celebrates the domesticated feline. Cats have been known to reduce stress levels and lower risk of heart disease. According to the American Pet Products Association, about 42 million households own a cat. This day is typically celebrated by being affectionate to your cat, giving it treats, or by donating to local cat shelters.

International Cat Day was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is observed annually on August 8th.

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International Cat Day Facts

  • According to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, about 31% of US households owned at least one cat.
  • According to a study from the National Institutes of Health, children under 1 year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop allergies.
  • According to a study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, 41% of respondents said they slept better because of their pet.

International Cat Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Check out upcoming events and programs. International Cat Day hosts events to help cat lovers celebrate and learn more about cats.
  • Spend time with your feline friends today. Buy them a new toy, let them try some new catnip, show them that you care.
  • Schedule a check-up for your cats. Making sure that your feline friend is healthy and happy is important. Use this preparation checklist to make sure your cat is ready for their check-up.

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