An orange cat with colorful fall leaves and an autumn pumpkin.
An orange cat with colorful fall leaves and an autumn pumpkin. Photography ©Massonstock | Thinkstock.

What’s Mew at Catster: Don’t Miss These November 2017 Cat Events


Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? We’ve found some November 2017 cat events: 

All month long: Home 4 the Holidays


Be a part of this global three-month pet adoption drive dedicated to finding happy, loving homes for orphan pets. Over 4,000 pet adoption agencies and rescue groups from the United States and 24 other countries participate — a huge jump from the 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County that started it all. Mike Arms, president and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, started the campaign 19 years ago by asking shelters to keep their doors open through the holidays — when they traditionally closed — because it’s a prime time of year when families add a pet to the home. The event is also sponsored by Blue Buffalo, who will distribute 600,000 pet adoption kits to participating shelter and rescue organizations. You can help by adopting or encouraging friends to adopt and then showing the world your newly adopted best friend by posting a photo at, or sharing on Twitter or Instagram with #IChoseToRescue and tagging @hwac and @bluebuffalo.

All month long: Adopt a Senior Pet Month

And older gray cat sleeping.
And older gray cat sleeping. Photography by Jolanta Beinarovica / Shutterstock.

Pledge to help senior pets this month by telling others why seniors make such great pets. Here are just a few reasons:

  • You’ll know what you’re getting. When you adopt a senior pet, he’s already full-grown and you’ll be able to tell what his grooming requirements will be and what kind of temperament he has.
  • Age is really just a number. A senior cat can give you just as much love and compassion (and entertainment) as a kitten. And a senior cat will probably be a lot more calm and relaxed, too.
  • You’ll help save a life. Adult pets are often passed over for younger animals. If you adopt a senior, you’ll be giving her a second chance at a happy and healthy life.
  • Some shelters offer discounted adoption fees for older pets during Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Call or visit your local shelter to see what promotions it might have.

All month long: Egyptian Animal Mummies at the Brooklyn Museum

Cat Coffin With Mummy. Late Period, Dynasty 26-30, 664-332 B.C.E. Brooklyn Museum; Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.
Cat Coffin With Mummy. Late Period, Dynasty 26-30, 664-332 B.C.E. Brooklyn Museum; Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund. Photography by Sarah DeSantis.

Don’t miss the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt.” It’s the first major exhibition on the topic of mummies. You’ll see 30 animal mummies — cats (of course), birds, reptiles, snakes, rodents and dogs — as well as more than 60 objects relating to the Egyptian ritual. The exhibition runs through Jan. 21, 2018. For more information, go to

Sunday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 11: Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Every year, the Humane Society of the United States celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week during the first full week of November. It’s a way to honor shelters and the dedicated people who work so hard to protect animals. I volunteer at my local shelter and am always amazed at the hard work they do — whether they’re taking care of a sick animal or helping a potential adopter find the right pet.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  • Adopt your next pet from a shelter.
  • Volunteer to help shelter animals. I’m a foster caretaker and a cat socializer. It’s truly a rewarding experience.
  • Donate supplies. Shelters often need simple things like towels, blankets and toys. Most shelters have wish lists on their websites.

Tuesday, Nov. 7: Not a Creature Was Purring

Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis.
Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis. Photography courtesy.

Take a little break from the holiday madness to read the fifth book in the Paws and Claws Mystery series from author Krista Davis, which comes out today. Holly Miller helps run the family pet-friendly hotel, but her side business is solving mysteries with her cat Twinkletoes and dog Trixie. When a pet clothing tycoon turns up dead, Holly and friends come to the rescue. The book is $7.99 and is published by Berkley Publishing.

Friday, Nov. 17: Macy’s Holiday Windows

Macy's holiday windows.
Macy’s Holiday Windows feature adoptable cats and dogs. Photography courtesy Macy’s.

Looking for a new holiday tradition? Starting today through the end of 2017, Macy’s in San Francisco will again be home to Holiday Windows, where the San Francisco SPCA highlights different adoptable cats and dogs in beautifully decorated store window fronts. Last year, the SF SPCA adopted out more than more than 800 animals over the course of Holiday Windows 2016. Go to for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 19: Don’t Miss the CFA Show!

CFA Show.
A cat at the CFA Show. Photography courtesy CFA.

Join thousands of cat lovers and more than 800 cats in Portland, Oregon, for the 2017 CFA International Cat Show, presented by Royal Canin. The Portland Expo Center will be home to the biggest stage in cat competition, with a portion of the show’s proceeds benefiting the nonprofit shelter Cat Adoption Team. The event takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $10 for adults, $25 for a family pack of four, and children under the age of 5 get in for free. Find out more at

To look forward to in December: Saturday, December 9: The NY Cat Film Festival

The “sister” event to the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival debuts today. Both festivals have two completely different 75-minute programs celebrating the species they’re named for. Head to for more information.

Thumbnail: Photography ©Massonstock | Thinkstock.

Tell us: What November cat events are you attending or celebrating?

Stay tuned for more from Senior Editor Annie Butler Shirreffs on’s What’s Mew at Catster column and on social media with #WhatsMewatCatster. 

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