International Cat Day

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International Cat Day
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Observed byInternational and Internet
Date8 August
Next time8 August 2021 (2021-08-08)

International Cat Day (or World Cat Day) is a celebration which takes place on 8 August of every year. It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.[1][2]

While most countries now observe this unofficial holiday on 8 August, Russia celebrates National Cat Day on 1 March[3][4] and the U.S. celebrate both International Cat Day and their own National Cat Day on 29 October.

International Cat Day is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them. Cat Day is another unofficial Cat Holiday observed on 22 February, that originated in Japan and has become a social media sensation and is growing worldwide as people across the globe share their cat pictures and videos.[5][6]

In 2020 custodianship of International Cat Day passed to International Cat Care,[7] a not-for-profit British organization that has been striving to improve the health and welfare of domestic cats worldwide since 1958.

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  1. ^ "INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY: How we help cats in Playa del Carmen - IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ Green, Treye (9 August 2014). "International Cat Day 2014: Cat Lovers Worldwide Celebrate Feline Obsession". International Business Times. IBT Media Inc. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ R., Ivan (14 March 2016). "National Cat Day: Russian Cats and Their Glorious Day in Russia".
  4. ^ Blasi, Giulia (30 April 2012). "World Cat Day?". Vogue Italia. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Cat Day | Holiday Smart".
  6. ^ "These are the amazing things you can do in Japan on Cat Day". Feb 22, 2016 – via
  7. ^ "Adopted a new cat during lockdown? Make sure your home is equipped with these products". Retrieved 10 August 2020.