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What’s Mew at Catster: April 2018 Cat Events

Interested in fun cat events going on near you? We've found a few great April 2018 cat events to check out this month!

Annie Butler Shirreffs  |  Apr 3rd 2018

Looking for a way to fête our feline friends in April? Whether it’s a month-long celebration or night out that cat lovers are sure to enjoy, we’ve compiled a list of April 2018 cat events to check out.

All month: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

A sad cat crying, tearing up or with watery eyes.

Help prevent cruelty to animals in honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Photography ©2002lubava1981 | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

Although the ASPCA and animal lovers work year-round to prevent cruelty to animals, April is designated as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month to help raise awareness about this serious issue. Here are just a few ways you can help:

  1. Start a fundraising campaign with your local shelter or rescue group and share it with friends and family. Every little bit helps!
  2. Adopt! If you’re looking to add a new furry member to your family, shelters have wonderful animals of all ages, shapes and sizes who are looking for a forever home. Make adoption your first choice, and visit your local shelter to find the perfect pet for your family.
  3. Show your support online. Use your social media pages to spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Share your own posts, as well as those of shelters and rescues.

All month: Pet First Aid Awareness

A cat with an emergency first aid kit.

Brush up on cat first aid and emergency protocol in honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Photography by DoraZett/Thinkstock.

This month is the perfect opportunity to brush up on information to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Read about pet first aid and pet emergencies on

Saturday, April 21: Catstravaganza

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out this one-night-only production of Hamilton’s Cats, with 100 percent of sales going to Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a nonprofit organization that rescues, spays/neuters, socializes and finds homes for feral kittens while providing outreach, education and trap-neuter-return services in the Los Angeles area.

Fred Willard (Modern Family), Emily Deschanel (Bones), Wendi McClendon Covey (The Goldbergs), Mindy Sterling (Con Man), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), Nicole Sullivan (Black-ish), Bethany Joy Lenz (Dexter), Elaine Hendrix (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Carla Jimenez (The Mick), Brendan Robinson (Pretty Little Liars), Lori Alan (Sponge Bob Square Pants), Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) tell the story of a small-town cat rescue that decides to put on the musical Cats as a fundraiser for their organization. Sadly, no one is interested until they discover Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to attend — and now everyone wants in on the action!

The event takes place at the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now for the all-ages event. Prices range from $80 to $175 and are tax deductible. Catstravaganza tickets include the after party, as well as the show.

You’ll enjoy entertainment, games, prizes, a DJ, open bar, tapas, treats and a live band, plus a star-studded performance!

For more information about the event, visit

To learn more about Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, visit

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29: America’s Family Pet Expo

Pet Expo.

Meet new furry friends at America’s Family Pet Expo. Photography courtesy America’s Family Pet Expo.

Find lots of felines and other furry — and non-furry — friends in Costa Mesa, California, at this three-day expo. Feline-specific events include a cat agility demonstration, cat breed show, cat adoptions and new cat products. Get more information at

April 27: Hairball Awareness Day

Hairball Awareness Day.

Hairball Awareness Day. Photography by Dynamic Graphics Group / Getty Images Plus.

Give your cat a good brushing in celebration of this cat observance. Provide your kitty with a special hairball diet or keep her mentally and physically engaged if she’s over grooming because she’s bored. If your kitty has hairball problems, read this helpful article about hairballs on

April 28: Twilight Tours

Caesar on the Twilight Tours.

You’ll meet big cats like Caesar on the Spring Twilight Tour. Photography courtesy EFBC.

If you love big cats, you’ll really love the Spring Twilight Tour hosted by EFBC’s Feline Conservation Center — a nonprofit home to more than 70 of the world’s most endangered felines. See wild cats when they’re more active, and check out parts of the compound that aren’t open during the day. This one-day-only event in Rosamond, California, is for adults 18 and over and costs $20, from 5 p.m. until dark. Enjoy barbecue, a bake sale and other surprises. Take lots of photos of leopards, jaguars and tigers (like Caesar pictured here) and more. Learn more at

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