2016 Pet Calendar of Holidays Every Cat Lover Needs To Know
We like to plan our editorial calendar well in advance and find it handy knowing about cat-related causes and pet holidays. It seems like there is a pet-related holiday every day but we can’t celebrate everything. Our cats might differ and say every day with cats is a reason to celebrate. This is our curated 2016 pet calendar for 365 days of feline fun and wisdom..
Feel free to bookmark, print or share. Mouse over for links. Some have tips from us or other valued info. Circle the holidays relevant to you. Remember to add your cat’s birthday or gotcha day. May your year be full of feline love and joy!
Check the Severe Weather Calendar for events in your state by the month.
Walk Your Pet Month (consider learning to leash train your cat.)
January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
January 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day (ASPCA).
Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA).
National Cat Health Month.
Beat the Heat Month. ASPCA.
National Spay/Neuter Month (Humane Society of the United States).
Responsible Pet Owners Month.
February 14: Valentine’s Day and Pet Theft Awareness Day (via Last Chance for Animals).
February 20: Love Your Pet Day.
February 23: World Spay Day (Humane Society International and HUSUS– last Tuesday of February).
Pet Poison Month and Poison Prevention Week
March 2 – Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day.
March 3 – If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
March 6 – 12: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 20 – 26: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 16 – 22: National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month (ASPCA).
National Heartworm Awareness Month (American Heartworm Society).
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
April 11: National Pet Day.
April 10 – 16: National Volunteer Week.
April 10 – 16: National Animal Control Appreciation Week.
April 17 – 23: National Pet ID Week.
April 17 – 23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (Humane Society of the United States).
April 19: Pet Owners Day.
April 22: Earth Day.
April 26: National Kids & Pets Day
April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day (Alley Cat Rescue).
April 29: Hairball Awareness Day.
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
April 30: World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association).
National Pet Month and National Pet Week
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research).
Chip Your Pet Month.
May 1 – 7: Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA).
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day.
May 1-7: National Pet Week (AVMA).
May 8: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 23: National Heat Awareness Day (prep for summer safety).
National Pet Preparedness Month (in advance of hurricane season).
Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).
Adopt-a-Cat Month (AHA).
June 5 – 11: Pet Appreciation Week.
June 4: International Hug Your Cat Day. Or May 30.
June 9: Meezer Show Your Colors Day.
June 11: Just One Day (One day of no-kill in shelters worldwide).
June 12: World Pet Memorial Day.
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
June 19: International Box Day.
June 23 – 25: Blogpaws and Cat Writers’ Association Annual Conference (Wild Horse Pass Sheraton Resort – Phoenix, AZ).
JULY 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Awareness is needed re: fireworks, bar-b-ques and bonfires on Canada Day (July 1 ) and U.S. July 4th celebrations.
JULY 21: National Craft For Your Local Shelters Day.
August 8: World Cat Day or International Cat Day.
August 15: Check the Chip Day. Microchip awareness (AVMA).
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
August 20: International Homeless Animal Day (International Society for Animal Rights).
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day.
Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month.
National Disaster Preparedness Month.
National Food Safety Awareness Month.
September 11: National Pet Memorial Day (International Association of Pet Cemeteries).
September 19: International Meow Like a Pirate Day.
September 22: Remember Me Thursday (Helen Woodward Animal Center). Be The light!
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day (Global Alliance for Rabies Control).
Last full week in September: Deaf Pet Awareness Week and Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet (Petfinder.com).
Black Cat Awareness Month™ (National and International founded by Cat Wisdom 101 and our nonprofit Black Cats Tell All initiative to raise awareness and increase shelter adoptions).
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What a great list. This will be a big help.
Thank you for such a great calendar! We see so many important dates!
Looking debonair, Merlin!
Angel Ms. Phoebe's Family
Love this calendar and am keeping it to make sure I am an educated cat lady who knows all the important cat related holidays. Thank you!
Hi Auntie Beth!
Merlin looks extra handsome in a tie. Thanks for sharing this calendar.
The Island Cats
Wow! Who knew there were so many things to celebrate?
Sometimes Cats Herd You
Thanks for sharing this calendar with us. It seems like every time you turn around it’s a holiday or recognition day, and it’s hard to keep up!
Layla Morgan Wilde
Too many I think. Maybe we need to prune?
That is a great calendar of so many events. Merlin looks very smart in his bow tie.
I think all of these are in the Cat Blogosphere calendar, so if anyone purchased it they have them………I will double check to make sure I am not missing any…(I don’t participate in everything though anyway)….., thanks for sharing!
Layla Morgan Wilde
There’s a few that aren’t in there but most 🙂
The Swiss Cats
What a wonderful calendar ! Mum bookmarked it in her Evernote ! Purrs
Thank you for sharing! I would have thought there would be a cat de-claw awareness day. ?????? Anyone heard of this??????
Layla Morgan Wilde
That’s a great idea!
So many of these dates are in my calendar!
Wow, what a great calendar! I didn’t know many of the events listed. This is a purrfect calendar for cat pawrents 🙂
Wow. Fantastic calendar. So much to celebrate. Merlin looks great in his selfie. Maybe I can train Mao to take a selfie of Cheddar, except it wouldn’t be a selfie. Merlin’s Selfie is fantastic! Great calendar!
Today is Dress Your Pet Up1 Have to see if I can get them in clothes! Maybe just blankets!
We did dress our guinea pig in doll clothes and strapped him into the doll stroller and paraded him around the block. We rang doorbells so neighbors could see him all dressed up.
Guinea pigs are much more cooperative than cats. Though much less interesting.
Still, it was a fun thing to do.
WOW……lots to celebrate in 2016! Great calendar………
I will print it to be well informed …. and to get gifts on special days :o) many thanks :l)
Great calendar. Merlin you look so cute in your bowtie.
Skeeter and Izzy
Thank you Layla! This is the coolest calendar!
We look foward to all of the PET related holidays!!
Skeeter and Izzy & the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~
Rose the Kitten
That is soooo cool!
Rose ~ the adult Kitten
Peaches and Paprika
Great calendar! Never saw such a calendar! Every pet owner and pet lover should have one!