Calling all cat lovers, it’s time to mark your calendars! There’s so much more to celebrate than just birthdays when it comes to our feline friends.

Are you a fan of tabbies, tortoiseshells, or siamese? Or perhaps you simply have an appreciation for the soothing purrs and soft nudges from a furry friend? No matter your specific stripe of cat fandom, you’re absolutely in the right place. This is your one-stop guide to appreciating cats in all their splendor, all year long.

From fun national holidays that give you an excuse to spoil your furry friends even more, to weeks dedicated to raising awareness about their health and well-being, to full months celebrating their different breeds and charming idiosyncrasies — we have it all. Our list includes a total of 44 national days, 2 full weeks, and a whopping 16 full months devoted to our feline companions.

So, ready to go on a year-long, purr-filled journey? Whether you’re looking to deepen your bond with your kitty, raise awareness, or just add some more cat-flavored joy to your life, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do so right here. Welcome to your ultimate guide to feline festivities throughout the year! So stay tuned, curl up with your favorite four-legged friend, and get ready to celebrate!

Complete List of National Cat Days 2024


  • January 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day #HappyMewYearForCatsDay
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day #NationalDressUpYourPetDay
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day #NationalAnswerYourCatsQuestionsDay


  • February 22: National Cat Day (Japan)
  • February 27: World Spay Day #WorldSpayDay


  • March 2: International Rescue Cat Day #InternationalRescueCatDay
  • March 3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day #WhatIfCatsAndDogsHadOpposableThumbsDay
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day #SaintGertrudeOfNivellesDay
  • March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day #CuddlyKittenDay
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day #RespectYourCatDay


  • April 6: Every Day is Tag Day #EveryDayIsTagDay
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day #NationalSiameseCatDay
  • April 11: National Pet Day #NationalPetDay
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day #NationalCatLadyDay
  • April 19: Sylvester the Cat’s Birthday #SylvesterTheCatsBirthday
  • April 26: National Hairball Awareness Day #NationalHairballAwarenessDay
  • April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day #FreeFeralCatSpayDay
  • April 28: National Pet Parents Day #NationalPetParentsDay
  • April 30: National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day #NationalAdoptAShelterPetDay
  • April 30: National Tabby Day #NationalTabbyDay


  • June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day #NationalHugYourCatDay
  • June 17: National Take Your Cat to Work Day #NationalTakeYourCatToWorkDay (3rd Monday)
  • June 19: International Box Day #InternationalBoxDay
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day #NationalGarfieldTheCatDay
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day #CatWorldDominationDay


  • July 10: National Kitten Day #NationalKittenDay #NationalKittenDay2024


  • August 8: International Cat Day #InternationalCatDay #InternationalCatDay2024 #internationalcatday🐱
  • August 8: National Cat Day (Canada) #NationalCatDay
  • August 15: Check the Chip Day #CheckTheChipDay
  • August 19: International Homeless Animals Day #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay
  • August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day #NationalTakeYourCatToTheVetDay
  • August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay
  • August 30: National Holistic Pet Day #NationalHolisticPetDay 


  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day #GingerCatAppreciationDay
  • September 10: National Pet Memorial Day #NationalPetMemorialDay
  • September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day #NationalMeowLikeaPirateDay
  • September 28: Remember Me Thursday #SeeTheLight #RememberMeThursday


  • October 16: Global Cat Day #GlobalCatDay
  • October 16: National Feral Cat Day #NationalFeralCatDay
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day #NationalBlackCatDay #NationalBlackCatDay2024
  • October 29: National Cat Day (USA) #NationalCatDay #NationalCatDay2024 #nationalcatday🐱
  • October 30: National Treat Your Pet Day #NationalTreatYourPetDay


  • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day #NationalCookforYourPetsDay #CookforYourPetsDay


  • December 15: National Cat Herders Day #NationalCatHerdersDay

National Weeks Dedicated to Cats

  • May 1-7, 2024: Be Kind to Animals Week® by American Humane #BeKindtoAnimalsWeek
  • May 5-11, 2024: National Pet Week #NationalPetWeek
  • September 16-22, 2024: Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week #AdoptALessAdoptablePetWeek

National Months Dedicated to Cats

  • February: Black Dog And Cat Syndrome Awareness Month #BlackDogAndCatSyndromeAwarenessMonth #BlackDogSyndrome #BlackDogSyndromeAwareness
  • February: Feline Fix by Five Month #FelineFixByFiveMonth
  • February: National Cat Health Month #NationalCatHealthMonth
  • February: Pet Dental Health Month #PetDentalHealthMonth
  • February: Responsible Pet Owners Month #ResponsiblePetOwnersMonth
  • February: Spay/Neuter Awareness Month #SpayNeuterAwarenessMonth
  • May: National Pet Month #NationalPetMonth #NationalPetMonth2024
  • June: Adopt-A-Cat Month® by American Humane #NationalAdoptACatMonth
  • June: National Adopt A Shelter Cat Month #NationalAdoptAShelterCatMonth
  • June: Social Petworking Month #SocialPetworkingMonth
  • June: National Hug Your Cat Month #NationalHugYourCatMonth
  • July: National Lost Pet Prevention Month #NationalLostPetPreventionMonth
  • August: Itchy Pet Awareness Month #ItchyPetAwarenessMonth
  • September: Happy Cat Month #HappyCatMonth 
  • November: National Pet Cancer Awareness Month #NationalPetCancerAwarenessMonth
  • December: National Cat Lovers’ Month #NationalCatLoversMonth

We appreciate you taking the time to explore our ‘purr-fect’ guide on special days dedicated to cats. We hope you found it delightful and informative!

Before you scurry off, remember, we have an array of other special guides waiting to whisk you on more exciting journeys. So, make sure to check them out:

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Last Update: June 6, 2024