International Cat Day

International Cat Day Quick Facts - GB

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2024 Date8 August 2024
2025 Date8 August 2025

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International Cat Day is an observance dedicated to celebrating the cherished companionship and unique relationship between humans and cats worldwide. This special day works towards promoting feline welfare, fostering awareness about the importance of adopting cats, and acknowledging the joy, love, and companionship they bring into our lives. This observance has become significant for cat lovers around the globe, as it highlights the need for responsible pet ownership, besides recognizing the various cat breeds and understanding their distinct needs.

The concept of International Cat Day dates back to 2002 when it was first celebrated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The UK has an estimated population of over 10 million cats, showcasing their popularity amongst British households. Over the years, this day has gained traction within the country, with numerous UK-based charities, animal shelters, and rescue organizations joining in to host engaging events and campaigns that encourage adoption and raise funds for the welfare of these felines.

In the United Kingdom, International Cat Day is marked by a myriad of celebratory activities, including educational talks and workshops, fundraising events for local rescue shelters, cat-themed exhibitions, and social media campaigns to spread the word about responsible pet ownership and feline appreciation. British cat lovers can share their love for their pets and also contribute to improving the lives of these animals. The International Cat Day is celebrated on the 8th of August, consistently marking this date as an ode to our feline friends.

International Cat Day facts

  • 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.
  • The UK has one of the largest cat populations in the world, with an estimated 10.9 million pet cats in 2021, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association.
  • The world's oldest cat recorded, Crème Puff, lived until the age of 38 and resided in the UK.

Top things to do in the UK for International Cat Day

  • 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.
  • Visit the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, which is home to over 50 big cats like lions, tigers, and leopards. You can book a guided tour for an insight into the lives of these interesting animals.
  • Many animal shelters across the UK have cats waiting for their forever homes. International Cat Day is a great time to consider adopting a feline friend and providing them with a loving home.

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