International Cat Day: 6 Best Ways To Celebrate

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August 8th is International Cat Day! Cats and cat lovers of the world, unite!

International Cat Day began in 2002, created by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare whose mission is to “rescue and protect animals from around the world.”

How are you going to celebrate people’s favorite pet? Here are some ideas!

1. Get Your Hashtag Ready

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If you’re a cat lover–and I know you are!–you’ll want to participate on this special day by dedicating your social media to cats!

Use #InternationalCatDay across all social networks when sharing your fave cat pics and videos with the world.

You may just get some likes, shares, and follows from cat lovers all over the world!

2. Throw An International Cat Party

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This day is about celebrating cats from all over the world. Of course, the internationally recognized way to celebrate any occasion is with a great party!

Invite quiet kitty loving friends from foreign lands, turn on the nature channel, and have exotic treats ready for when your cat makes their grand entrance.

Click here for tips on how to throw the best cat party ever!

3. Call Your Cat New Fancy International Names

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There’s no harm in giving your kitty friend a special international nickname for the day. It’s also a good time to learn some words in other languages, or even a translation of your cat’s real name.

For my guy, Whiskers, I’m going to call him Bigotes (Spanish for “whiskers”) or Barba (Spanish for “beard”). And just FYI, “Tiger” is “Hu” in Chinese. Awesome!

Find name translations for your kitties. They may be a little confused at first but will probably just go with it. Cats are great like that!

4. Visit Your Local Cat Café If You Live Near One

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Cat cafés started in Japan, and now they’re in many cities in Canada, the United States, and all over the world! Thanks, Japan!

“Neko” is “cat” in Japnanese!

Adopt a new cat while you’re at the local cat café! If your town doesn’t have a cat café, open one right away!

5. Get Ready For An International Cat Agility Tournament

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Have you heard of International Cat Agility Tournaments? If not, you have a lot of work to do.

ICAT says to play with your cat every day. Start there. Then work in the fiery rings and balance beams.

If you have a social, athletic kitty, a tournament would be a fun place to meet fellow cat lovers. Maybe you’ll even make an international friend!

6. Have A Cat Nap!

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Your cat will be so happy if you curl up and snooze the day away with them. Cancel everything!

Dream of cats in distant lands while cuddling with your favorite cuddle partner.

Visit International Fund for Animal Welfare, too. They’re the people who created this cat holiday. They do amazing work. You can find out about what’s going on with cats all over the globe, sign petitions, and donate to their great cause. Save the cats!

Are you celebrating International Cat Day with a feline you love? Let us know in the comments below!