Cat guy Jackson Galaxy with some feline friends.
Cat guy Jackson Galaxy with some feline friends. © Splash News | Alamy Stock Photo

Events in July and August to Purr About

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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are a few fun July and August cat activities.

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled. But here are some virtual events you can check out.

All July and August: Amazing Pets Show at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson, MO.

Includes trained house cats and dogs. Tickets at grandcountry.com.

July

July 10-11: Purebred and Household Pet Cat Show

Amarillo Civic Center Complex, Amarillo, TX; sponsored by TICA Yellow Rose Cat Club, @TicaYellowRoseCatClub.

July 27: Claws for Alarm

Book 5 in the Cat Café Mystery Series by Cate Conte — available at a book store/website near you.

August

Throughout August: Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp Summer Sessions

Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp is back with multiple virtual gatherings this month that will focus on important, common and daunting questions that cat parents are too afraid to ask.

The event is hosted by co-founders Jackson Galaxy, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell and Christina Ha, co-owner of NYC’s first cat café Meow Parlour, and president of its affiliated nonprofit adoption group, Meow Parlour Cats.

Join Jackson Galaxy for Cat Camp in Las Vegas.

Aug 7: Human vs. Cat: When Litter Box Problems Cause a Rift

We cat guardians will try almost anything to avoid the litter box, but it can come at a cost. Besides creating unintended litter box issues, the cat’s welfare could be at risk – along with the welfare of the human-animal relationship. Cat Camp counselors Jackson Galaxy and Dr. Mikel Delgado, cat behavior consultant at Feline Minds will discuss these common conflicts and give cat guardians the tools they need to live successfully with their cats – and their cats’ litter boxes.

Aug. 14: You’re Not Going Crazy, You’re Grieving

In this virtual safe space, Cat Camp counselors Jackson Galaxy and Animal Companion Loss Recovery Specialists Stephanie Rogers will guide you through animal companion loss in a world in which the grief experiences of personal loss have been amplified by the universal losses associated with COVID-19. Attendees will find support in the company of others trying to incorporate similar losses into their own lives.

Aug. 21: What’s the Scoop (on Kitten Poop)?

In this interactive webinar, Cat Camp Counselors Hannah Shaw (also known as Kitten Lady) and Dr. Rachel Wallach will discuss the causes of tummy troubles, available diagnostic tools, at-home skills and when it’s time to seek veterinary care. Attendees will get a frank conversation about this important topic, followed by a Q&A.

Ticket prices for the virtual talks range from $10 to $20. Cat Camp Summer Sessions will be 90 minutes and take place via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit catcamp.com.

Join Kitten Lady and other experts to learn all about kitten and cat care.

Aug. 14-15: Soaring to the Top Cat Show

Great Cats of Great Lakes presents Soaring to the Top, the Great Lakes Regional Banquet and Awards Show held in Oshkosh, WI. Updates on Facebook @GreatCatsOfGreatLakes or tica.org/events/show-calendar.

Aug. 17-19: SuperZoo Pet Industry Trade Show

Taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, this show is for pet product and pet service professionals. Learn more at superzoo.org.

We had our own booth and reading lounge.
© Gina Cioli/i-5 Studio

Aug. 21: Kataoke

Presented by Kitty of Angels, this fun event is back by popular demand. This year, the event takes place at Boomtown Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles. Come and sing to benefit homeless cats and kittens in Los Angeles! The first 20 people in the door get a free, fun-filled goody bag. Click here for more information.

Paw-lidays!

July

  • Jul. 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • Jul. 5: Pet Remembrance Day
  • Jul. 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • Jul. 15: Pet Fire Safety Day
  • Jul. 21: Craft for Your Local Shelters Day

August

  • Aug. 8: International Cat Day
      • All around the world, people stop to give thanks on this day for an amazing animal. Also called World Cat Day, it began in 2002 by the international Fund for Animal Welfare. Celebrate this day by showing your love for cats – pamper your own kitty, donate to a cat shelter or help spay and neuter feral cats in your community. Plus, show just how special cats are on social media, too!
  • Aug. 15: Check the (Micro) Chip Day
  • Aug. 22: Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
      • Unfortunately, not enough cats are taken to the veterinarian regularly for preventive care. Haven’t taken your cat to the vet in a while? Pull out your phone and start dialing for an appointment now. Don’t put off today what can help your cat live a healthier, longer life tomorrow. For a list of cat-friendly practices, go to catvets.com.
  • Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Aug. 30: Holistic Pet Day

As show dates may change, check the show site for updates. You can also catch up on the latest upcoming events at catster.com. And, if you have a cat event planned — even if it’s virtual — let us know about it by emailing catstermag@belvoir.com.

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