International Cat Day for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Tuesday, August 8th. There are until the next observance.

The 8th of August is International Cat Day, a day to honor one of man’s most ubiquitous and oldest companions. They were even venerated as gods (we see you, Egypt). Cats are one of the coolest organisms on the planet since they are independent, curious, adventurous, have a great physiognomy, and have the ability to cure themselves — at least most of the time.

📆 When is International Cat Day?

This year, International Cat Day is on August 8th. It is the 2nd Tuesday in August; in 2024, it is on Thursday.

Countdown to International Cat Day

Did you know: Merlin, a black and white cat from the United Kingdom, holds the record for the loudest purr, at 67.8 dB.

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📜 History of International Cat Day

The first historical human record of cats may be found in the culture of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization. We all seem to associate cats with Egyptians because of their veneration and worship of cats as gods. During the First Dynasty, Mafdet was the first known cat deity and was considered the guardian against snakes, scorpions, and evil; therefore, cats were not only deities but also protectors.

After the Egyptian Dynasty fell, cats were famous all over the world! Cats were initially possessed by rich and wealthy individuals in the East and were utilized as pest control by the Greeks and Romans. However, throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, cats became connected with superstition and accused of transmitting the sickness during the Black Death of 1348, which is why too many cats were slaughtered at the time, and it wasn’t until the 1600s that cats’ reputations began to improve.

Cats were part of the cargo aboard the colonization ships in America to reduce vermin and sickness, so those cats came ashore and thrived. Cats appear to be one of contemporary society’s pop idols; we have around half a billion of them. And, due to the “International Fund for Animal Welfare,” cats have had their own holiday since 2002!

☑️ International Cat Day facts

Faster than you think
Your cat may reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!

The richest kitty in town!
When Blackie’s billionaire owner died, he received a seven-million-pound inheritance, according to “Guinness World Records.”

Not so sweet
Cats are unable to smell sweetness, which explains why they are not attracted to it.

Things to do on International Cat Day

Time to share with those that are in need
There are many homeless cats all around the world, so what better day to show them love and respect than today?

Spend some time with your fluffy babies
If you have a cat, International Cat Day is the ideal day to celebrate and express affection for your pet.

Treat them with “catness”
Even if you don’t like cats, remember to treat them with respect and kindness, and use this opportunity to raise awareness about cat respect on social media.

📅 International Cat Day Observances

2023 August 8 Tuesday
2024 August 8 Thursday
2025 August 8 Friday
2026 August 8 Saturday
2027 August 8 Sunday

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