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 20-26

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).

National Veterinary Technician Week October 9-15
National Pet Wellness Month.
October 9 – 15: National Veterinary Technician Week.
October 12: National Pet Obesity Day.
October 16: National Feral Cat Day (Alley Cat Allies).
October 29: National Cat Day. In the U.K. October 27 is National Black Cat Day.


Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA).
National Senior Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Pet Diabetes Month.
November 6 – 12: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (HSUS).
November 17: National Black Cat Day 


December 15: National Herding Cats 
Since December is oddly devoid of holidays we propose December 1 as Holiday Pet Safety Day to learn and exchange tips on keeping our cat happy, safe and healthy during the holiday season.
And how about Shelter Cat Secret Santa Month. Shelters need donations of cat toys all year round. Why not be a secret Santa to deserving cats at your local shelter. Drop off a package of new cat toys especially small catnip toys mice, balls that bounce, roll or crinkle and mini cardboard scratchers for cages.
There is one holiday I feel is needed and our feline muse, Merlin may address that on Monday. Meanwhile, today, Jan.14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day. It’s pure silliness but as always, respect your pet. Not every pet wants to get dressed up.  A simple bow tie is the least invasive way to be festive as Merlin demonstrates. 


Mondays With Merlin: My Last Cat Product Review

merlin cat-pet fashion review-the elegant hare

Hello dear cat lover friends. Merlin Week continues with something new every day this week, all about me, me, me Merlin. I must say, if cats could blush I’d be rosy with all the attention. For those who have actually met me, would know I’m not a fame whore. Okay, I’m a tad vain but aren’t we all? And I think I look pretty darn good for 20 at least that’s what my mom tells me. Do you think she’s exaggerating when she says I’m still the most handsome cat in the world?

I’m not exaggerating when I say I hate the cold weather. Don’t believe what they say about hardy Canadians. Ha, I was born in Canada in 1994 but have lived north of NYC since 2001 and I’ve never gotten used to winter. Cats have few regrets but I regret Layla didn’t move to that little Caribbean island in 1996. She had everything in place to move but in those days there was six month quarantine in cold, damp England and that nixed the deal.

So, in old weather I have to settle for heating pads, down duvets and a luxurious new item, a cashmere sweater. As you may know I’m an experienced cat product reviewer but regret to inform you, I will be retiring from that position. My fur bros. Odin and Domino will step up the plate. I may try a new treat or do the odd book review but it’s time, and any way the pay was meager. A few treats and catnip won’t pay for my fantasy Caribbean trip!

You must know, I don’t approve of costumes or cat clothing but as I said: cold is my mortal enemy. How could I say no to a cozy one-of-a kind cashmere sweater and matching pillow? Layla met a nice woman,  Margaret K. who made a mid-life decision to create the world’s best handmade cashmere pet fashions. Everything is bespoke of the finest upcycled cashmere. We’re talking super luxury and couture quality. No two items are a like and I was lucky to receive my own. Mine was not made-to-measure but fits well and is dreamy soft in an charming autumnal pattern. It will keep the chill off my old bones as we head towards eeeekkk winter. Layla says she’s never  seen pet fashions of this quality and workmanship. Like all luxury products, they aren’t cheap and will cost about $100+ for a sweater, but aren’t we worth it?

The new company is called The Elegant Hare and they are so new, their website TheElegantHare.com won’t be ready until next week. You can email Margaret at info@theleganthare.com  with any questions. They’re already getting press. Click here to see some of the gorgeous designs for cats and dogs.

Keep in mind, anything you order would be custom made for your pet in a one-of-kind fabric color or pattern.

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary sweater and pillow which in no way influenced our opinion. We received no payment. I didn’t even receive catnip and did this just to help a nice woman launch a new business on a shoestring.

If you feel so inclined to contribute to my birthday fund to help homeless cats, it’s much appreciated.  You can read the story about how I became a cat advocate 19 years ago on my campaign page. As always thanks for being here. Thanks for sharing and thank-you for loving cats.