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Celebrate National Cat Day with Cat Facts and Photos

Happy National Cat Day! We hope you’re excited to spend extra time with your furry best friend for a day of feline appreciation. If you’re looking for cute cat quotes for an extra special social media post, a few fun facts about cats, or some great ways to join in the cat celebrating – we’ve got you covered. Check out our National cat day resources and more information below:

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When Is National Cat Day?

National Cat Day is celebrated annually on October 29th in the United States, and August 8th in Canada. It’s also sometimes called National Kitty Day or simply, Cat Day. The Oct 29 holiday began in 2005 in order to help promote rescues and adoptions of homeless cats as well as to celebrate and acknowledge domesticated cats’ companionship. Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige originally founded the holiday which has now been celebrated for over a decade.

Happy kitten likes being stroked by woman's hand. cat quote: time spent with cats is never wasted.

How to Join the Cat Celebrating

If you’re looking for new ways to celebrate with your furry friend, we’ve got you covered. From buying your cat the perfect pet gift to bringing a new family member home, we’ve collected all of our favorite ideas for you below:

  1. Remind your cat how much you love them. Cats are smarter than most people give them credit for, and most love to socialize with their owners. Give your kitty extra attention this National cat day by spending a little extra time communicating with them.
  2. Share your love on social media. Do you have a favorite photo of your feline (or maybe hundreds) that you’ve been waiting to share on social media? Pair it with one of our special cat quotes below or add a message of your own to share your love for the holiday and your cat.
  3. Schedule in some cuddle time. Scheduling some extra snuggle time with your cat can help make them feel loved and appreciated, plus it helps relieve stress. And besides, who doesn’t love cuddling with their favorite furry friend? Napping, Resting, Sleeping, Canada, Domestic Cat. cat quote: Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
  4. Gift them something special. Sometimes you just need to treat your cat like the royalty they know they are. This National Cat Day could be your perfect opportunity to upgrade to a personalized pet bowl or invest in a new custom collar.
  5. Donate to their feline friends. Not all cats are as lucky as your pet on Cat Day. Show your cat solidarity by donating to local cat and animal rescue groups or other animal welfare organizations.
  6. Make something to celebrate. If you’re anything like us, you probably have tons of unused photos of your cat. A great way to both celebrate National Cat Day and to make something special with your furry friend is to create a cat photo album. These are perfect ways to showcase your instagram classics or to create the story of your pet’s adoption.
  7. Adopt a new companion. What’s a better way to celebrate National Cat Day than giving a loving home to a feline in need? If you have space in your life for a new companion, the best gift you can give is a second chance to a cat in need.

Fun Facts About Cats

The following cat facts are perfect ways to learn something new about your feline companion or to share on social media.

  • Spaying or neutering your cat can help extend their lifespan, which is part of why it’s so important to do it.
  • Cats don’t often meow to other cats. Meowing is a behavior developed exclusively to communicate with humans.
  • It’s possible for kittens in the same litter to have different fathers.
  • Males cats typically respond more to catnip than female cats.
  • It’s extremely uncommon for male cats to be calico, as this means they have to have three sex chromosomes in their DNA.
  • The very first domesticated cats in history are reported to have appeared around 3600 BC.
  • Cats can drink seawater in order to survive, but they can also be finicky about their water bowls.
  • Studies have shown that cat owners are less likely to get heart diseases or develop depression than people who don’t own cats.
  • Cats, on average, learn in a similar way as a two-to-three-year-old child.
  • The “original cat video” was first recorded in 1894.
  • Most languages in the world have a similar way to say “meow.”
  • Cats dream, although there’s no way to telling what about.
  • A group of kittens is called a kindle.
  • Cats with ‘question mark’ tails mean they may a playful mood and are inviting you to play with them.
  • If a cat blinks slowly at you, it means they’re content and that they trust you.
  • Cats are crepuscular animals. This means they’re most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Cats’ average life expectancy went up by a whole year between 2002 and 2012, and the life expectancy is highest for indoor-only cats.
  • Cats have 1,000 times more data capacity than an iPad.
  • Out of all mammals, cats have the biggest eyes compared to the size of their head.
  • Strangely enough, cats are the only mammals unable to taste sweetness.
  • Cats will spend nearly a third of all waking hours cleaning themselves.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat flap after his cat Spithead kept ruining his experiments by opening the door.
  • Cats make about 100 different sounds, whereas dogs can only make 10.
  • A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s, specifically when it comes to the region where emotions originate from.
  • Cats spend most of their day sleeping, up to 20 hours.

a kitten plays with a quote for national cat day

Cat Day Quotes

Looking for a special quote for your cat’s new treat jar? Or are you looking for the perfect cat caption to add to your National Cat Day post? Either way, we found our favorite quotes for you below:

  • “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” – Mark Twain
  • “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
  • “My cats are really sassy and sophisticated, but most importantly, they are picky.” – Jason Wu
  • “You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.” – George Mikes
  • “Dogs eat. Cats dine.” – Ann Taylor
  • “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett
  • “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” – Mary Bly
  • “Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.” – Joseph Wood Krutch
  • “In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” – English Proverb
  • “Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” – Joseph Wood Krutch
  • “If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.” – Nan Porter
  • “The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” – Doug Larson
  • “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot
  • “Just watching my cats can make me happy.” – Paula Cole
  • “I’m not sure why I like cats so much. I mean, they’re really cute obviously. They are both wild and domestic at the same time.” – Michael Showalter
  • “The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.” – French Proverb

A cat and dog play under a quote for national cat day

Additional National Cat Day Resources

If you loved this post and you’re looking for additional resources to help you celebrate National Cat Day, make sure to check out our favorite cat quotes and our gift guide for cat lovers.