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Global Cat Day 2024: How to Join the Celebrations

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on February 8, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Global Cat Day 2024: How to Join the Celebrations

Cat lovers can’t resist a holiday honoring their feline companions, and Global Cat Day which is happening every year on the 16th of October is arguably one of the most significant ones. It is a day set aside for cat owners and lovers worldwide to raise public awareness of the need to treat all cats humanely, with a focus on stray and feral cats. Giving cats a day to celebrate their rights and basic needs would be the least we could do.

There are many ways you may honor cats on this special day, from cuddling with your cat to donating to an animal shelter. In this article, we’ll provide you with all the essential information you need to know about Global Cat Day.

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What & When Is Global Cat Day 2024?

Global Cat Day is celebrated on the 16 October and is an annual celebration that helps raise awareness for cats and kittens that are less fortunate than those who have forever homes. Cats and kittens are said to be the most euthanized pets in animal shelters, and so this day was created to help more cats live long and healthy lives.

The animal welfare group Alley Cat Allies established Global Cat Day, also called National Feral Cat Day, in 2001. The day is devoted to honoring and supporting cats, with an emphasis on feral and stray cats. The goal is to spread awareness about the need to humanely treat all cats and support initiatives like TNR, which helps control feral cat populations.

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Why Is Global Cat Day Important?

Global Cat Day is significant because it raises awareness of the difficulties stray and feral cats face, who often face neglect, abuse, and a lack of resources. The importance of participating in the community and proper pet ownership is also emphasized. Global Cat Day aspires to make all environments safer and more humane by promoting awareness and supporting proactive steps.

Cats have been loved and domesticated for many years, but the number of feral, stray, and abandoned cats in the nation has recently increased, and sadly, many of the cats are euthanized. This day was created to promote non-lethal, compassionate cat programs that prevent euthanasia and allow cats to live fuller, healthier lives.

TNR programs trap stray and feral cats around the nation to lower the number of cat shelters and community populations. After receiving the necessary care, they are returned to their original location in the wild and their neighborhood. The program ensures that the cats are spayed or neutered and have received their vaccinations.

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Take Action & Get Involved

We hope you feel inspired to play your part in Global Cat Day. Every act, big or small, makes a difference, so here are some ways you can get involved.

  • Attend or host an event to spread awareness and collect money for animal welfare organizations and cat rescue organizations.
  • Raise awareness on social media. Use the various social media platforms to inform people about Global Cat Day. Share posts, stories, and photographs that emphasize the value of cat welfare and inspire others to become involved.
  • Volunteer or donate. Make a time or money donation to a local cat shelter or rescue. Every little bit helps, whether it’s through volunteering, fostering, or financial support. You can also donate to Ally Cat Allies.
  • Build cat shelters or feeding stations outside.
  • Contact elected officials and urge them to support laws that protect and benefit cats, such as TNR initiatives and funding for animal shelters.
  • Do Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats.
  • Adopt or foster a kitten.
  • Show your kitty some extra love! Use this occasion to shower your feline friends with affection, goodies, and playtime. On social media, post pictures of your kitties with the hashtags #GlobalCatDay, #CatsAreCommunity, and #MyCatStory.
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How to Keep Your Shelter Cat Happy & Healthy (6 Ways)

If you have decided to adopt a shelter cat in honor of this holiday, you are sure to have a gratifying experience that will bring you joy and companionship. To help them settle into their new home, however, shelter cats may need additional care because they often need special attention, so here are tips to keep your new kitty happy and healthy:

1. Make Your Home Cat-Friendly

Make sure your home is secure and cat-friendly before bringing your shelter cat home. Remove any poisonous plants or substances that might harm your new cat. Provide a warm bed, scratching posts, toys, and a litter box, and create a cozy, peaceful space where your cat can hide out and feel safe.


2. Plan a Veterinarian Visit

As soon as possible, make a vet appointment to ensure your shelter cat is healthy and up to date on immunizations. Discuss any health issues or unique dietary requirements your cat may have. If you haven’t already, think about spaying or neutering your cat.

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3. Allow Your Cat Time to Adjust

When you bring your cat from the shelter home, give them time to become used to their new surroundings. As a starting point, keep them in a separate room with their food, drink, and litter box. Introduce them to family members and other pets gradually. Allow your cat to explore at their own speed, and exercise patience.


4. Socialization

Through gentle play and affection, promote pleasant interactions with people and other animals. Provide enrichment activities like puzzle feeders and interactive toys to keep your cat active and mentally engaged.

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5. Set a Routine

Cats enjoy predictability and routine. Make a feeding schedule and follow it. Provide fresh water every day and clean the litter box frequently.


6. Keep an Eye on Your Cats Behavior and Health

Pay special attention to the behavior and health of your shelter cat. Watch out for stress-related behaviors like hiding, excessive grooming, or dietary changes. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you observe any strange behavior or signs of an illness.

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Final Thoughts

Our special bond with cats spans thousands of years across all languages and countries. Cats are our family, friends, and neighbors. Global Cat Day is a chance for cat lovers to band together and promote the well-being of cats. We can improve the lives of cats everywhere by encouraging humane treatment, increasing awareness, and supporting cat rescue initiatives.

Every action matters in improving the world for our feline companions, whether you participate in an event, share information on social media, or donate your time and resources. Alley Cat Allies promotes the right of cats to life and invites everyone to get involved with this cause.


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