What are some national cat holidays?

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There’s no dearth of holidays that you can celebrate with your cat. Holidays are sponsored by various sources, including the ASPCA, pet food manufacturers, community organizations, etc.

While all are important, these are of special note:

• National Cat Day, October 29: The mission of National Cat Day is to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters rather than buy them from pet stores supplied by kitten mills.
National Cat Day is the official holiday of the Animal Miracle Foundation, begun by pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. Since its inception in 2005, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats.
To learn more, please visit: www.nationalcatday.com.
• National Feral Cat Day, October 16: This is a day designated to remember the countless numbers of dumped, abused, unwanted cats who, through no fault of their own, are forced to survive in the wild—and society is sometimes unkind of stray and feral cats, seeing them as nuisances. Let’s keep in mind that feral cats can be great pets.
Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day ® in 1991 to promote humane care for these forgotten animals: www.alleycat.org.
• Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, June: Contests, care tips and happy “tails” from your local ASPCA. Learn more: www.aspca.org.
• National Hug Your Cat Day, May 30th: Celebrated the world over. Need we say more?
• National Cat Health Month, February: A recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association has revealed an alarming trend: Only 28 percent of cats go to the veterinarian for routine examinations. Let February be a reminder to you to make that vet appointment and have your cat checked out—and February is also National Pet Dental Health Month.
• National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day, January 22: A holiday of feline understanding, the premise isto increase communication and bonding between you so you notice what your cat is trying to ask you: www.petcentric.com.

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