National Cat Day 2022 – When and How to Celebrate
Sigmund Freud said, "Time spent with a cat is never wasted," and cat lovers couldn't agree more. From their delightful antics to the soothing sound of purring, cats have found their way into our hearts. So, there's no wonder why cats have a holiday, and we'll review some great ways to celebrate it with them.
When Is National Cat Day?
Ask any cat lover, and they'll tell you that every day should be a holiday for cats, but in the U.S., National Cat Day is celebrated on October 29.
When Was National Cat Day Created?
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters annually. Because of this, in 2005, Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige created National Cat Day to help sheltered felines find a home and celebrate all cats.
Why Are Cats Great Pets?
When compared to other pets, cats are pretty low maintenance. And with all their personality and charisma, it's no wonder that cats have inspired artists and writers throughout history. Even Egyptians thought cats were magical creatures who brought good luck to their homes. And there may be something to that because research shows several health benefits to having cats, including lowering your risk of heart disease, helping you sleep and even the power to help a body heal.
How to Celebrate National Cat Day
Now that we've established why cats deserve the spotlight, here are a few ways to help you celebrate them!
Share Photos of Your Cat
There are so many cute and hilarious videos and pictures of cats on social media, you'd think the internet was made just for them. You can get in on the fun by posting a photo or video of your furry friend for National Cat Day. While cats are naturally photogenic, here's a link to some tips to help you take a great picture with your phone or camera.
Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
About 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. shelters annually, of which 3.2 million are cats. So, it's easy to understand why so many shelters need volunteers. If you'd like to help care for needy cats, reach out to one of your local shelters to find out how to be a volunteer or foster cat parent.
Adopt a Cat
Having a cat is incredibly rewarding, and regardless of what age you’re looking for, it's easier than ever to research online and see the cats and kittens at your local shelter. Plus, shelters usually get to know their cats pretty well and can tell you about their personality to help find the best fit for you.
Give Your Cat a Gift for National Cat Day
A fun way to celebrate your furry friend is by giving them a present. Here are a few cat gift ideas that both of you will appreciate.
Gifts to Keep Cats Active
Cat Laser Toys
The average cat sleeps 12-16 hours a day. Giving your cat a laser toy will encourage exercise and entice their natural prey drive for mental stimulation. You can find an excellent selection of PetSafe® interactive laser toys here and shop confidently, knowing that they are safe and fun for you and your cat.
Gifts to Help You Take Care of Your Cat
Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Cats are like us in that they prefer to potty in a clean and well-maintained place. So, their litterbox should be scooped daily, or give them a ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box. This will ensure that your cat always has a fresh place to go while providing you with weeks of hands-off cleaning and superior odor control, thanks to its crystal litter.
Consistent and portioned feedings are good for your cat's health and overall well-being. Never worrying about missing your cat's mealtimes is good for your peace of mind. A Smart Feed Automatic Feeder will keep you both happy. The feeder connects to your home's Wi-fi, letting you schedule, adjust and monitor your pet's meals from anywhere with your phone using the My PetSafe® app. You can even schedule meals early in the morning, so your cat won't wake you up for breakfast when you need to sleep in, and ask Alexa to give your furry friend a snack anytime.
A Gift to Teach Your Cat Off-Limits Areas in Your Home
Countertops, trash cans, holiday decorations and presents can attract your cat. You can teach them to avoid these temptations with the ScatMat® Indoor Pet Training Mat. This clever and innovative training mat lets you quickly and safely teach your cat (or dog) where the off-limits areas of your home are. Place the mat on your kitchen counter, sofa, near electronic equipment or even in front of the Christmas tree to keep curious pets out of trouble.
If you've read this far, chances are you're a big fan of cats and are looking forward to celebrating National Cat Day on October 29. However, if you don't have a cat and are ready to bring one into your life, we encourage you to look at one of the many beautiful cats or kittens at one of your local shelters and learn more by reading about cat adoption here.