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Celebrate Your Purrrfect Pet This International Cat Day


Our cats are some of our best friends – they entertain us, they warm up our feet, and they make us smile every day. It’s International Cat Day on August 8, 2022, so celebrate the kitties in your life with these fun ideas. No cat? No problem. We have ways to celebrate without a cat below, too.

Host a Cat Party

It’s a holiday, so what better way to celebrate than to throw a party? Invite some friends over for a cat-themed get-together. If your cat plays well with others, extend the invite to your friends’ cats. Just be careful and ensure you can separate cats that don’t get along if you need to. Here are some ideas for cat parties:

  • Make some treats for the cats
  • Make some treats for the people
  • Arrange some games for people
  • Hire a photographer for the party
  • Provide plenty of toys, catnip, and entertainment for the cats

Hiring a professional photographer is a great way for the memories to last. You can even have a scheduled photo shoot where everyone gets to hold the honorary feline.

Spoil Your Cat

If a party sounds too hectic, you can always celebrate the day by making your furry friend as happy as can be. Buy your cat a scratch jungle gym, new catnip toys, or some cat shelves to let them sit up high. Cats enjoy sitting high above it all because of their hunter instincts, so cat shelves can give them their new favorite place in your home.

If you’re wondering how to make your cat happy, don’t forget the easiest way: food. Here are some homemade cat food ideas.

  • Tuna Cookies
  • Unseasoned Boiled Beef and Rice
  • Steamed Salmon
  • Boiled Chicken and Oatmeal
  • Chicken Liver

Oatmeal is a great addition to a cat’s diet. Rice can help digestion, too, but cats shouldn’t eat it every day.

Help Out Fellow Felines

We don’t want to forget the reason for International Cat Day. The International Fund for Animal Welfare created the holiday in 2002 to increase pet awareness and to help protect animals. To keep the day in the spirit of its origins, get your cat a GPS tracker or a tag to ensure it is always returned to a safe home if it gets too adventurous.

What if you don’t have a cat? Here are some ways to celebrate International Cat Day without a cat.

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter
  • Adopt a cat for a day or a weekend
  • Visit a cat cafe
  • Find and share online cat memes with your friends

We hope you have an amazing International Cat Day! At Milestone Retirement, we know the importance of pets in people’s lives, which is why our communities are always pet friendly. Take a look at our blog to see many different ideas and news events on aging healthfully, senior living, and several other topics.